When my cousin Josh lived with me last year, we were just about always in a constant battle over the thermostat. In the winter months, he kept cranking the temperature up to over 75 degrees so that the oil furnace had to run almost constantly. The warm air pouring through the heating vents and air ducts felt good during the winter, sure, but the cost to keep the house at that temperature was astronomical! And that’s not the only problem. During the warm summer months, Josh was even worse at messing with the digital thermostat in the kitchen. He whined that it was too hot, so he’d turn the A/C down to 65 and let it run and run. He even left the A/C running when we weren’t going to be at home, and so the air conditioning and heating bills that I got in the mail during the months that he was living there were just absolutely ridiculous. I even thought about getting one of those locking clear plastic boxes to put over the top of the thermostat to keep him out of it! I finally gave up and let him set the temperature to whatever he wanted it to be, but I made him pay the heating and air conditioning bills himself. That seemed to make a difference in the levels that the thermostat got set at – if he had to pay for the heating and air conditioning, he magically found that maybe he wasn’t so hot (or so cold) after all. It was a miracle!

A/C unit