When I was about to become apparent I knew that it was going to be a challenge. I’m not necessarily the most patient or understanding human as it is. Then, combine that personal shortcoming with the irrationality of dealing with children and you have quite a problem on your hands. That being said, I truly do my best to be a fair and caring father. However, there are certain areas where I feel like my family is actually trying to drive me insane. This is certainly the case when it comes to our energy bills and monthly utility expenses. It seems like I’m the only one who cares about saving a buck or the environment through being a conscientious and responsible human. My family is constantly messing with the thermostat, putting our heating and cooling equipment through its paces for no apparent reason. We always have high energy bills because of the excessive use of our central HVAC system throughout the entire year. On top of this, it doesn’t help that my family suffers from a wide range of indoor allergies. We have to operate advanced air quality control equipment in order for everybody to stay healthy and happy. What’s most frustrating, is the fact that nobody works very hard to keep this high-quality indoor air locked inside the house. In fact, my family has a penchant for standing in the doorway, taking an excessive amount of time to transition from indoors to outdoors. During this time, I know that all of the high quality indoor air that I’m paying for is quickly escaping into the atmosphere. I basically watch dollar bills float away as my kids ignorantly stand with one foot in and one foot out. It kills me.