I can keep a budget with the best of them. That is the one thing that my parents taught me about inside and out before sending me off to college. I know all about utilities and how to use them through the weather appropriate times of the year. I have been taught to clean out my own air filters and watch my air vents, as well I could strip my ductwork if I really needed to in a pinch. But, the one thing they didn’t prepare me for was having to deal with insane and senseless roommates. I have three roommates who must have been raised in privilege, for their serious lack of understanding when it comes to utilities and usage is off the charts. We have a basic HVAC unit for the whole house and we don’t live in a relatively hot or cold climate. So, there is no need to have the air conditioning turned on at all hours of the day, nor does one need to be blasting the heater through the night. We have had one house meeting after another, but there is just no understanding common courtesy. I, finally, took matters into my own hands and called the local HVAC technician to come out to the house and install a Smart App onto the thermostat. Once he did this, I then installed the same app onto my phone. Now I was able to monitor the air conditioning and the heating usage at any hour of the day, while being informed when usage was over budget. No one was the wiser for me watching our utilities and now I was more at peace with the entire situation.