I grew up in a very old, very large house in the country. It was an amazing place to live as a kid because there was plenty of space outside to run around and scream and yell without disturbing any neighbors. Inside we had a plethora of rooms to use as our playroom, to build forts, play hide and go seek, whatever we could think of. We always had family and friends staying with us for a relaxing weekend and the house was always full of love and laughter. What we didn’t know as kids is that it can be very difficult to maintain a house of that size in such a remote location. Older houses are not as energy efficient. Heating and cooling systems need to be maintained and upgraded every so often and it can be difficult to even find an HVAC technician near by. Old insulation and windows can leak a lot of heat and cause your energy usage to skyrocket. Now that my brothers and I are older and have moved out of the house, I have convinced my parents to make a few energy saving upgrades. They have replaced their old windows with energy efficient ones and are in the process of upgrading to a smart thermometer. It took some coercing but knowing that the smart thermometer means they can pick and choose which rooms to keep at what temperature will save them a lot of money now that much of the house is unused. My parents are very excited to be living in a more energy efficient home in the future.