Skinflint Sunday: Teach your children well.

A couple of days ago I came home from work at about 4:30pm. It was a boiling hot day and Ryan22 was really happy to see me, as he didn’t know where the remotes for the air con were. David24 has one in his room for the split system unit that he has, but Ryan22 didn’t know that.

This new house has refrigerated cooling, which I love, but I would never have installed it myself as it’s really exxy to run. But on really hot days it’s a godsend. So we switched on the cooling for the two main sections of the house. After about 3 hours, the sea breezes started to waft through, so we turned off the cooling and just went about our lives. Not wasting money, cooling the place to just where it’s comfortable… what canny consumers we were. Until…

I went to bed at around 10pm. When you get up at 5:30am on weekday mornings, an early bedtime is essential. When I was in the ensuite, I realised I could hear the cooling system still running. The unit which controls everything is underneath the ensuite window. I knew I’d switched everything off hours before. But dammit, there was one room I didn’t check.

I opened the door to David24’s room and the cold blast hit me like a slap. I stepped into the room and it was like entering a Winter Wonderland. Honestly, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see a group of penguins huddled together, trying to keep themselves and their chicks alive in the freezing conditions. I swore loudly and grabbed the controller and looked at it. It was set to 18 degrees.

“When did Dvid24 leave home today?” I called to Ryan22.

“About 12:30 or 1,” he replied. So for 10 hours that aircon had been cranking out the cold for no earthly reason than to make me a pauper.

So that’s why I took the picture at the top of this post the next morning when I was at work. The controllers were gone.

I think my point was made.

Finance post: How to become a millionaire in 5 easy steps. I discovered the Dough Roller podcast a month ago. I’m late to the party, as he’s been making the podcast for years. It’s on personal finance, based in the US, but enough of our two economic systems are the same that I downloaded everything that sounded applicable to us (which worked out to be around 70+ episodes) and I started listening. Just under an hour each way to commute for work means that I can listen to a lot of podcasts!


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One Response to Skinflint Sunday: Teach your children well.

  1. Urspo says:

    I always appreciate hearing about new and exciting podcasts.

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