Having recently moved and changed jobs, my husband and I are on a strict budget right now. He’s only graduating from doctoral school right now, earning his PhD to teach percussion professionally, and has to take a million part time jobs until he can find a full tenure track position. Meanwhile, I’m working from home, performing a myriad of contracted jobs just to earn enough cash to barely pay my student loans. That being said, we’re extremely money conscientious right now, and it’s a real drag. We aren’t eating out or going to events, but now we’re unsure if we can even continue operating our HVAC unit. Most of the time the outdoor air temperature is too extreme to rely on natural ventilation, but the problem is, it’s too ridiculously expensive to heat or cool an entire house for weeks on end. That’s why it would be amazing for us to have zone controlled heating and cooling for our home. It would cost a lot of money in the short term, but overall we could save more money over the course of years. Instead of spending a huge amount of cash on our energy bill all year round, we could reduce our monthly expenses by using far less energy to power our HVAC. Heating or cooling only one space would drastically reduce the amount of time that our air conditioner and furnace are working, decreasing our energy expenditure rather than wasting it to treat the air in empty rooms around our house. I hope we can pull together the money for zone controlled temperature control before ComEd puts us in the ground.