Q: I rent a shared two-bedroom apartment in Boston that’s somewhat of an anomaly in this “heat and hot water included”-heavy town: My roommate and I are in control of, and pay for, our own gas heating. Last winter’s monthly heating bills were somewhat of a horror show (I guess that’s what we get for scoring a decent pad with relatively cheap rent) so we’ve decided to put our heads together to see how we can reduce the cost. Have any quick and easy ideas on how we should start?
A: I’m in the exact same boat, my friend. My rental is quite lovely and affordable (at least by downtown Brooklyn standards), but when I signed away on that initial lease several years ago, I had no idea as to how financially draining those winter heating bills could be. To make things worse, I live on the top floor of an older building that directly faces the water, so when those January winds pick up, there’s no way I’m not cranking up the thermostat. Still, I’ve managed to pick up a few tips and tidbits that have helped me stay cozy and save a few bucks each month without having to resort to drastic measures like building a bonfire in the middle of the living room.
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