My husband has had a hard time of late when I tell him that we need to tighten our belts. Figuratively of course, as I mean we need to try and save money on what we can. This is a foreign concept to him as he grew up in a pretty privileged family. He never had to worry about how the bills were paid and I don’t think he ever saw an energy bill before we were married. He actually thinks that he knows what it’s like to be poor, however in reality, he has no clue. When his credit card was declined last week he came home feeling very upset. Now, he wants to be more involved in the bill paying process and I am more than happy about that. I have been trying to deter him from useless spending when we have unpaid bills and now maybe he will understand. Right now, I’m now working extra hard to convince him of the importance of energy efficiency in our home. For the past few years, he’s lived as though energy is a free commodity ready to be pumped into our home with no concern for how much it cost. He has never paid attention when I complained about the cost of fuel, maintenance, or anything else that had to do with the heating and cooling of our home. I have even told him that overlooking the maintenance on the system can cause us to have to pay for a replacement, that will be an expensive bill for sure. When the time does come for replacement, I am going to try and convince him to look into the benefits of zone controlled systems. That way, he can still have a cool and dry area in our home without racking up unaffordable energy bills to cool the entire house at one time.