One of the things we most love about this house is our fireplace. It was one of the main selling points for us renting here, along with the backyard (this place was noticeably more expensive than any of the other places we've lived).
While at first we used our fireplace on a few occasions to set a wintry mood, we have since shifted to using our fireplace as a primary source of heat. When before we were paying for wood from the local Smith's we've since found a lot of wood lying around our neighborhood and have been using that to run the fireplace. It doesn't burn as well as storebought wood, but it has been all free. With the wood that we've found and other renters of the house have left here, we've been able to do at least one fire a day for a few hours and often multiple fires in the morning and evening. Since we started doing this at the beginning of January we were able to cut our gas bill in half. It is also satisfying to go from this
It's like living in Little House on the Prairie, especially since at the moment this photo was taken Cait was inside making bread (she stopped quick to take the photo) and Theo was out back playing in a pile of sand (we sold the sandbox)