How to deal diplomatically with zealous environmentalist landlady?
April 20, 2014 11:41 AM Subscribe
Mrs. HeroZero and I just moved into a lovely new Chicago apartment about two months ago. However, our landlady (who lives on the third floor of this three-flat apartment building) has passionate environmentalist feelings. Though we share many aspects of her politics, it's made certain aspects of living here difficult.
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- The hot tap water comes out at no more than 91 degrees. Per section 13-196-420 of this ordinance, it's supposed to come out at 120 degrees. I measured it with an oral thermometer, so I'm not sure how accurate that is, but still...it's cold.
- Heat is included in the rent. Usually in Chicago, this means that the heat comes out of radiators, but this building has forced air with a thermostat. She has programmed the thermostat so we can only turn it up so high...I think it says sixty-nine degrees. In my last apartment, sixty-nine degrees felt a whole lot warmer than this.
- The washer/dryer is in an uninsulated part of the basement and only uses cold water. I would be fine with only doing cold water washes, but limited googling seems to imply that even cold washes need hot water to work properly. One time in February, I forgot about a load and left it in the washer overnight, and it was frozen solid by morning.
When we have asked her to remedy the hot water, she says things along the lines of, "I turned it up. I haven't gotten any complaints from the people on the first floor apartment." In all honesty, I'm quite cold-blooded and am of a conflict-avoidant personality who would grin and bear all of this, while my wife is suffering a lot more because of it. She's ended up doing high energy-inefficient things (like boiling water for the bathtub) in order to cope. How can we deal diplomatically, fairly, energy-efficiently, and productively with this situation?