Saving money just makes me feel really good all over. Whether I’m at some super sale for new shoes or at the flea market, I love saving money. At one time in my life, I had quite a bit of money. The internet was brand new and I had come up with a new way to monetize it. The money came rolling in. Subsequently, I lived in excellent digs, drove a fine automobile and just threw around money. It seemed like it would never end. Then, the bubble burst with a terrible bang. The gravy train was suddenly over. And, I learned the art of saving my money. At first, it sucked. But, I quickly grew to appreciate working less and saving more. One of my very favorite savings targets is the utility bill. Where I live the winter is mild so, saving on energy during the summer is the objective. I started the savings process by installing a smart HVAC thermostat. This thing is able to completely manage the air conditioning far better than I ever have. It raised the temp while I’m away from the house. It also syncs up with the automatic blinds I had installed. Depending on temperature and time of day, the smart thermostat lowers the shades to block direct sunlight. I add to this by utilizing fans more. Instead of lowering the temperature, I crank up a fan. Using a fan doesn’t cool the air but it does cool the skin. I have also taken to cooking meals on the grill. Why heat up the house with the oven or the stove. Just doing these things has saved me over 15 percent during the peak cooling months. I just love seeing that bill get lower and lower!