My friends made fun of me as a kid when they learned we had window A/C units

I’m not exactly rich, but I do have a central HVAC system with a smart thermostat now

I was raised in a relatively poor family. It’s not something that I actually realized until I invited some friends over to my house. They were asking me why the house was so stuffy and overheated. They said that I should adjust the thermostat and get the A/C system cranked up. I then told my friends that we just had a window A/C unit in the kitchen and in the living room, and my parents didn’t want us touching it. My friends all laughed about that and said that I must be poor. That really bothered me and I didn’t like the fact that they were making fun of me. I even ended up turning on the window A/C unit in the living room without asking my parents for permission. My father was very angry with me for turning on the window A/C unit like that without asking, but my mother defended me and said I was just trying to make my friends comfortable. I promised to never do it again, but I still had to live with the fact that my friends made fun of me for being poor. Nowadays, I realize that was all petty and it didn’t really matter too much. Regardless of that fact, I still enjoy being comfortable in my own home. I’m not exactly rich, but I do have a central HVAC system with a smart thermostat now. The smart thermostat is great because it helps me to save a lot of money on the energy bills. I also have learned various energy saving tips over the years and save as much money as possible.

 

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