Over the past couple of weeks, my flatmates and I have been getting increasingly perplexed and concerned over our lighting bill! Every month since July, we’ve noticed the light bill continues to go up. Yet I should preface with a few things. The four of us have been living in this lake house for over a year; we’re aware of how the bills fluctuate with the seasons! For the most part, the bill only really spikes in the winter. Then the sun goes down at 3:30, meaning we need the lights on more just to live… But now the utility bill has gone up almost a hundred dollars. We’ve checked all throughout the lake house to make sure none of our lights are being left on. No one has bought an immense appliance like an air conditioner, so there’s no logical reason we can find for the light bill to being going up so much week after week. By the end of September, I had to go down to the basement to get our fall decorations. While I was down there, I wanted to deliver the gas boiler a glance over. Not only is the boiler 36 years old, but it also hasn’t been checked in more than four years, according to the card on the side. While we obviously haven’t been using the heat lately, we do use the boiler to heat the hot water. Is this a clue that our gas boiler is so old that it’s running up the electricity bill to heat our water? The only way to find out is to get our property owner to inspect the boiler.