For five years strong, I’ve lived in the same apartment with the same landlord. I know what I’m about to say is unbelievable, so sit down if you aren’t already. Believe it or not, I love my living situation, and I love my landlord! I know, that’s crazy talk – but I really do love where I live. I’m in a two-bedroom apartment, and I only pay five-hundred dollars a month plus utilities. How amazing is that? Before you say it, no – the apartment isn’t the size of a garbage can, nor does it smell or look like one. It’s very spacious, with lovely decorations and a great coat of beige paint. The best part of this apartment, though? The place is connected to a geothermal heat pump system, which is arguably one of the most efficient methods to heat or cool any home. See, heat pumps usually source the outside air and pull heat or cool air from the outdoors, and filter it through the home using the pump. With a geothermal heat pump, as the name implies, this pulls heat or cool air from the soil deep below ground level. I live in a duplex, so the heat pump actually provides heating and cooling capabilities to me and my neighbors downstairs. That can be agitating when you have a neighbor who loves to contradict the sensible thermostat settings, but that’s the other beauty of my situation: I don’t have neighbors at the moment, and I’m not slated to have neighbors until next year. How awesome is that, huh? I’m so glad I decided to rent this apartment, instead of the one I saw across town that was intended as student housing. The rent was even cheaper there, but I heard their heating and cooling systems are absolutely terrible and always breaking down.