Last week, our utility bill went up greatly and none of us could figure out why! Two of my roommates and I started going over everything, trying to see what the issue was. It’s the middle of the summertime, so the utility bills here are typically quite low. None of us has an A/C unit; therefore there were no clear suspects to speak of. First, all of us looked into our fans. My roommates and I all have these lovely, undoubtedly fancy floor fans that actually manage to create cold air. So all of us looked up their specs online to learn out how much wattage they pulled to run. Even with us running them all the time, the wattage they use wasn’t enough to account for the bill increase. They’re still fans, and so they barely pull that much wattage at all. The people I was with and I walked the entire residence to make sure none of the lights were being left on, especially in the garage because the lights there can be overlooked from time to time if someone is tired when they take out the trash. Still, there were no lights being left on. Finally, I printed out a hard copy of the bill in its entirety because I wanted to compare it to last week’s statement. I was wondering if maybe the price per kilowatt had gone up but I hadn’t noticed. But no, the bill clearly showed that the price had remained the same, and all of us had used more electricity. The people I was with and I didn’t figure this out until one of us passed the mail off to our third roommate, and it included a small package. It was a part to a supercomputer he had finished a few weeks ago to play with his friends online. The computer was so powerful it made the utility bill spike over fifty dollars.