Smaller Living Includes Smaller Heating and Cooling Bills

Just a couple of years ago, my oldest residing sibling decided to sell the house she had lived in with her partner and son… Her partner died of cancer a few years before that, and her kid is grown and residing on her own, and everyone expected him to buy a smaller house, which is what older people do, right? A smaller house is easier to clean, has lower property taxes, and is less high-priced for heating and cooling; But Jim surprised all the people when she decided to go out and buy this humongous house, but it is over 5000 square feet and has almost an acre of property and a pool in the backyard! There are 2 zones in her Heating & A/C with zone control, and she has a heating system for the pool.

  • I can’t even imagine what her heating and cooling bills are like each week, not to mention the costs associated with getting the yard labor done and keeping the pool up and running with the right chemicals and such… Smaller residing means smaller heating and cooling bills, but she seemed to not care at all… Personally, I live in a 1000 square foot townhouse, and I dread my a/c bill every week of summer.

I set my temperature control on 70 when I go to bed, and the a/c runs all evening long, my other sibling thinks that Jim doesn’t go upstairs very often, so she is able to keep the upstairs temperature control set quite high in the Summer and quite low in the winter, which I think makes sense. But here’s my question. If you are not going to go upstairs, why buy such a giant house in the first place?

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