I don’t know how much longer I can stand living in the south. At first, I was having the time of my life, every single day. I was taking my dog to the park, we were eating ice cream and enjoying the sun, and we were just happy. That was until I got the monthly energy bill for the first hot month. I had recently retired my a/c unit got a much older one because mine had failed, and I didn’t want to spend tons of money to replace it with a brand new one. Looking back on it now, I should have paid for a better one. The bill came, and I could not believe it. The bill just to keep the a/c running at a comfortable temperature was astronomical in price! I can’t shut off my a/c when I go to my job, because my pet is back at home and I don’t want him to be all hot for all those hours. I suspect I may have to retreat back up to the north. Up in the north is where all the people I know live, but I really don’t want to crawl back up there. I had just escaped constantly having to be next to a heated gas furnace to survive. I think that I should make a decision pretty quick, because I really can’t afford another month of operating this inefficient climate control unit.