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Old 12-13-2015, 04:31 AM
 
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Have an issue I need some advice on. My roommate ALWAYS has to keep the A/C on, even when it's real cold outside. She leaves it on even when it's 30-40 degrees! She's like a polar bear I swear. I have suggested getting a fan but she says she doesn't like using a fan and just wants the A/C on. I have said that not only is our apartment always freezing but it brings the electric bill up but she says since she pays the electric it's her choice, and to just use a blanket. She will also walk around in her undies as well, I don't know how she doesn't freeze to death! Is there really anything I can do? Even my boyfriend has complained about how cold it is, he even joked he's been in walk in freezers that are warmer.

If I paid at least part of the electric bill I know I'd have some say but since she pays it all do I really have room to complain?
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:03 AM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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What does the outside temp have to do with anything? That ac won't run unless the inside temps are hot enough to cause it to kick on.
If she keeps it at some uncomfortably low temp like 62 then maybe it's time to negotiate. OTOH if the thermostat is set for 67-68 or higher you have no cause for complaint IMO. If you are too cold at those temps buy some sweats or fleece and suck it up, it's cheaper than paying half the utilities at any rate.
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Connecticut is my adopted home.
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I'm going to assume that this is a menopausal or pre-menopausal woman. Hormone fluctuations do some pretty terrible things to a woman's thermostat. Still there should be baseline comfort within reasonability, say 68 degrees as a winter setting. It's time to find a new place to live or get a safe space heater for your area/room. If you are on a lease there, most states honor "peaceful enjoyment" ideals within reason. You could probably get out of a lease. Good luck.
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:40 AM
 
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If it's 30 degrees outside the ACA won't run. Maybe the fan does.
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:50 AM
 
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You are both right. You just have very different metabolisms. I agree with the electric space heater in your room. Your roommate will be paying for it.
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Old 12-13-2015, 10:20 AM
 
Location: North Oakland
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Move. Do it now, before winter really gets started.
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Old 12-13-2015, 10:32 AM
 
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I'm going to assume that this is a menopausal or pre-menopausal woman. Hormone fluctuations do some pretty terrible things to a woman's thermostat. Still there should be baseline comfort within reasonability, say 68 degrees as a winter setting. It's time to find a new place to live or get a safe space heater for your area/room. If you are on a lease there, most states honor "peaceful enjoyment" ideals within reason. You could probably get out of a lease. Good luck.
Menopausal? LMAO, No, she is 25 and I am 29. Even though it can easily be much colder outside it goes down to 50 and inside it can warm up an extra 10-15' or so.
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Old 12-13-2015, 12:10 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Personally I would probably tell her that even though she pays for the electricity, you both pay for rent and have to live there so it should be kept at an in-between temperature.

Out of curiosity, what temperature is it usually in your apartment?
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Old 12-13-2015, 01:16 PM
 
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In general, I'd say if she is paying, she chooses. As pps have said, get a space heater and she's basically paying for that, too

If she's keeping it at 40 degrees, then that's a little much.
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Old 12-13-2015, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Some ideas:

* Get a space heater for your room, keep it cranked on max.
* When she's gone, adjust the temperature to what you like. When she returns, if she readjusts then let her but each time she leaves readjust it back. If she says you can't do that then say "let's compromise, if you want 62, I want 75, the average is 68.5 so let's keep it there. If she doesn't agree then tell her "I'll adjust it while you're gone." She may kick you out but you're uncomfortable anyway.
* When you take hot showers don't turn the exhaust fan on, that will let the warm humid air come into the rest of the house.
* Cook more, that usually raises the temperature of the house.

If you're in a warm part of the country, as you said the low is only 50, then if it's warmer outside than inside, leave your window open.

Personally, I would crank the heat to 80 and see what happens when she returns. That way she could feel the reverse pain that you have been feeling.
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