Over Christmas, when we were "on vacation" we used our gas fireplace often - it was so warm and cozy - the cats were ecstatic. They lounged in front of it for hours (see title picture). It was a wonderful vacation. We went back to work and school as relaxed and cheerful as a body ever is upon leaving vacation for work (or school) knowing that there will be at least 200 emails to answer and a full voice mail box. We were living on a separate plane of reality from the rest of humanity. All was sunny and cheerful and flower-filled. There may even have been a unicorn or two.
Then we got the utility bill and
All the wind was taken from my sails when The Bearded One pronounced, after doing "analysis" -that it cost us the same amount to use the gas fireplace as it did when we were burning DuraFlame Logs...
The only leg that I have left to stand on is "I'd rather see the money go to Home Depot than to SDG and E".