What are you willing to give up or pay for?
What brought this to mind, was the first Energy Report from our Energy Company. It said we used 4% more energy than similar homes in our area. How could that be? There are only the two of us here in the house. We've installed all kinds of Energy Star devices in our home.
We poured over the charts and graphs they sent us and came to the conclusion that we were below the "similar" homes in most months, except for the months of July, August, September.
Ah, a light bulb moment. It was our use of our air conditioner that brought on the spike. I'm not willing to give up the air conditioner, and I'm willing to pay for the use. It's my choice,
It would be nice if "they" would offer to pay for a new energy star air conditioner, but until then, I've put it in my budget to run the AC at will.