This last summer was especially long, hot and brutal. With temperatures within the upper nineties, extreme humidity with zero rain whatsoever, it was the ultimate test of survival. Most of my friends who live nearby hid inside their houses using their air conditioners on full blast. Although I have a nice central air conditioning system installed at my house, I was hoping to reduce my utility bills. I had recently had an inground pool installed that cost me a hefty amount of money. I am now limited on funds so I figured I’d only run the central cooling system when absolutely necessary. I spent as much time as possible in the pool, which kept me cool and felt terrific. However, I couldn’t spend too much time in the pool. Eventually, I had to face my overheated home. There was no way to relax in such hot and sticky conditions, so I turned down the thermostat and cranked on the air conditioner. The next month, when I got my energy bill I realized that I’d made an exceedingly expensive mistake. Letting the house heat up and then turning on the air conditioner actually used much more energy. The cooling system was forced to work much harder and at higher speeds to offer the desired temperature. I would have been better off letting the air conditioner run and keep a stable temperature. Steady operation at lower velocities wouldn’t put as much depreciation on components, and would certainly keep my house convenient. I have now learned a lesson, and I set the thermostat at a reasonable temperature and make sure to leave it alone.