Smaller Living Includes Smaller Heating & Cooling Bills

Just a couple of years ago, our oldest living sibling decided to sell the condo he had lived in with his partner & son, but his partner died of cancer a few years before that, & his child is grown & living on his own.

Everyone expected him to buy a smaller house, which is what older people do, right? A smaller condo is easier to clean, has lower property taxes, & is less luxurious for heating & cooling, but Jim surprised everyone when he decided to go out & buy this humongous house; It is over 5000 square feet & has almost an acre of property & a pool in the backyard, then there are 2 zones in his Heating, Ventilation plus A/C with zone control, & he has a heating system for the pool.

I can’t even imagine what his heating & cooling bills are like each month, not to mention the costs neighbord with getting the yard work done & keeping the pool up & running with the right chemicals & such; Smaller living means smaller heating & cooling bills, however he seemed to not care at all… Personally, I live in a 1000 square foot townhouse, & I dread our a/c bill every month of summer. I set our thermostat on 77 when I go to bed, & the cooling system runs all night long, my other sibling thinks that Jim doesn’t go upstairs actually often, so he is able to keep the upstairs thermostat set quite high in the summer time & quite low in the winter, which I guess makes sense. But here’s our question. If you are not going to go upstairs, why buy such a big condo in the first arena?


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