It was shocking to transition into adulthood as I did not expect the responsibility that awaited me. It felt as though 20 years of my school life had been a lie as I had too much to shoulder all of a sudden. I was not properly prepared to take on some of the most important things. It’s quite frustrating to think that I’ve wasted so many years of education. I suddenly l learned that household appliances needed a lot more maintenance and care than I originally thought. The first shocker was when my utility bill for a 600 sq ft condo was more than $300 for the first few weeks I lived there, I finally brought it up to my dad who offered me some unquestionably useful tips to keep the cost low! First, he told me that I need to tell my landlord to consistently send out a heating in addition to A/C professionals every few weeks to clean the air ducts, and make sure they are properly sealed. If the air ducts aren’t sealed properly, the a/c has to work sometimes twice as hard to push hair through the vent! Lost air contributes to the cost being high. However, he also told me to limit how often I adjust the control unit, and try to keep the temperature within several degrees of what it is outside in summer, and within twenty degrees of the outside temperature in the winter . This turned out to be one of the most valuable pieces of advice as it has helped me a lot as I kept adjusting the temperature several times a day recently. The second thing that undoubtedly helped me was to make sure that the air filters are replaced consistently so that the air cleaner doesn’t have to perform twice or three times as hard to purify the air, thus spiking the energy cost. I’m so happy that I am getting to learn all of these things before I have a family.