I am one of those people who will drive 5 miles out of my way to save a dollar on a tank of gas. There is not a sale for which I am not up for. Yard sales, goodwill or second hand shops all get it done in my book. It’s as though the act of saving money is more intriguing than the money actually saved. I tend to apply this paradigm to all areas of my budgetary life. During the summer, the utility bill is my nemesis. I actually picture it physically robbing me of my limited currency. So, I fight back with all my might in order to shave every nickle of energy savings available. I have an awesome smart thermostat which allows me to do a variety of things to save money. First, the smart thermostat manages the temperature settings in my home far better than I can. This type of thermostat has been able to learn my patterns and apply that data to running the HVAC more efficiently. The smart thermostat raises the temperature in the house while I am away at work and the house is empty. But, this thermostat can do even more. It is able to sync up with my automatic blinds. I have had these automatic blinds for some years now. Continually, I forget to program or remotely operate them. That is no longer a problem for me. The smart thermostat is able to sync with the blinds to close and open them. This way the smart thermostat will notice ambient heating due to direct sun and close certain blinds. I find it amazing. This pair of technological wonders has saved me well over 15 % on my summer cooling bill. That’s several more dollars with which to go treasure hunting at a second hand store.