I’m learning but it took me a while to really get a handle on some things in my new surroundings. Having never lived up north, there were some areas where I was just completely unfamiliar. And the heating of a house was a big one. Sure, there were plenty of things to learn when it came to food, culture and social norms. The culture, while welcoming, was very different from what I was accustomed to in the south. However, it was the introduction to winter, a gas furnace and heating costs that really threw me a bit. For one thing, I came from an area where the heating and cooling was done by the heat pump. All we had to do if we needed some heat in the winter was to flip the thermostat from cooling to heating. But we really didn’t need all that much heating where I lived anyway. So when I bought this house after I was transferred up here, I also now owned my first gas furnace. That and a whole bunch of HVAC heating costs. It took me a year to just get over the shock of winter. Then it took another year to learn a bit more about the gas furnace and how to get the most out of it. So this past winter, my third, was the one where I brought it all together. I learned a great deal about making sure the house is very tight. This is the key to staying warm all winter without having the heating bills just destroy my bank account. But I was ready this past winter and it really paid off.