I accepted a job
I am floored by the inexplicability of nature. I am northern raised but I happily live near the coast in the deep south. It’s perpetually sunny here and temperatures rarely drop below 45 degrees even during the worst winter cold fronts. I got sick of the unbelievably freezing temperatures up north where winter regularly seems to last two to three months longer than it should. The heating costs are daunting regardless of your HVAC setup, so I chose to burn wood as much as possible. But, when I am working a tough full time job as it is, I find it difficult to stay motivated enough to get outside every week to get the minimum amount of wood chopped. This led me to spend more on heating than what I had previously budgeted for, quickly becoming an escalating financial problem. Therefore, when I accepted a job several states southward, I was looking forward to the change in climate more than anything else. I knew that this change might come at the cost of comparably high cooling fees, but I was content knowing I would finally have steadier seasons and temperatures year-round. Granted, I am thankful to no longer fear getting snowed in during a rough blizzard, losing power, and then slowly freezing to death, but I wasn’t expecting the force of the sun here. An 80 degree afternoon in my current town feels up to 10 degrees hotter than an 80 degree afternoon in my hometown up north. And with the high heat indexes through the summers, your HVAC system will work harder to run as a result. I thought that maybe I might get respite with my energy bill by moving south, but I instead ended up trading one climate extreme for another.