Overuse of the furnace

Every Christmas, my family has dinner at my mother-in-law’s house.  While I love my mother-in-law dearly, I dread going to her house. She has a natural gas well located on her property.  Because of this, she gets free gas to run her appliances. It costs her nothing to operate her clothes dryer, oven, water furnace and gas furnace.  As soon as the outside temperature drops below seventy-five degrees, she starts up the gas furnace. Her home is consistently super hot and stuffy.  In the area where I live, the January weather is correctly frosty and snowy. While we have the gas furnace running at our house, we are conscientious about the temperature control setting.  Our energy bills take up over half of our budget and we’re careful to minimize energy usage. My family bundles up in our heavy boots, sweaters, wool coats and gloves for the drive to my mother-in-law’s house.  Once we arrive, I immediately start dripping with sweat. We all peel off as many layers of clothes as possible. Whenever my mother-in-law isn’t paying attention, we turn down the temperature control and open windows.  She’s not excited about this and she seems to care about the sweltering conditions. We all volunteer to take the trash out to the garage, simply for the option to cool off. The hot air tends to deliver us all a headache, and we get sleepy legitimately hastily.  We’re consistently in a rush to leave, just to escape the heat. Our complaints have no impact on my mother-in-law. Her home is also way too hot in the summer, but despite the cash she saves on free heat, she’s unwilling to invest in air conditioner.

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