I actually liked going to the mailbox during the summer for the first time last year. That’s because I was actively working to lower the costs of all the air conditioning that we require in this region. For sure, there is no way around living in this part of the country without plenty of air conditioning. But the fact that we were spending more than a car payment for cooling was unacceptable. However, when we first moved here the heat and humidity of this region was just so overwhelming. So all that we could do initially was to lean into the thermostat. While we were comfortable inside the house with all that air conditioning, the costs skyrocketed. But at first, it seemed like that was a fair trade off given how different the summers are down here then what we were accustomed to prior to moving. But after three years of that sort of behavior, I knew we had to change. So I talked to some locals as well as consulting the HVAC company. This was all very informative and I picked up plenty of tips on how to reduce our dependence on air conditioning. I even was able to rely on a checklist from HVAC company. All I had to do was go to the HVAC company website and download this checklist in order to prepare the house for the heat of summer. What I didn’t expect what is how big a difference doing without all that air conditioning made when it came to being outside. The heat was less overwhelming now that we were acclimating to higher temperatures.