I love my wife to death, but we don’t always see eye to eye when it comes to our expenses, particularly with our house. We entered the housing market right after the two of us got married and we each vaguely had an idea of what we individually wanted out of a family home. The only issue was that what I had in my mind was a smaller and cozier house with lower ceilings, less rooms, and a second floor only if it didn’t seem so drastically caught off from the space below. My wife instead wanted a spacious and large house with vaulted cathedral ceilings. I explained to my wife the energy consumption factors when dealing with a larger house opposed to a smaller one, and she assured me that we could afford it on our two combined incomes. I relented on getting a larger house, but I was concerned with the idea of vaulted ceilings and how it would affect something like air conditioning performance. It seems like my anxieties were not completely out of place with our new house—because after just one month in mid July and having to run the air conditioning everyday, my wife is beginning to understand where I was coming from when I urged her to reconsider in the first place. Our first electric was over $300 and we’re just two people living by ourselves and we don’t even use many appliances besides the HVAC system and our washer and dryer. When our heating and cooling technician looked over the house, he explained to us the uphill battle you have keeping a home like this warm and cool throughout the year. Aside from the large open space of air in the ceilings above, the attic is large and prone to affecting the performance of the air conditioner, particularly on the seals in the ductwork. We’re already looking for a new house, I just hope that we can find something more energy efficient.