I get afraid to walk to the mailbox during the summer time weeks. I never guess when it will be there waiting for me. The envelope I fear the most this time of year is the dreaded utility bill. It is so heavy with bill weight, it nearly makes our mailbox list to the right. Okay, maybe not but it sure seems as though it should. I have always felt a bit powerless when it comes to the power bill during the summer. The lake house has to be cooled plus I guess that over 40 percent of that bill will be from the central A/C system. So this year, I decided to be a bit more proactive about attempting to mitigate some of the utility bills. First, I joined the modern millennium by installing a smart climate control unit. This thing does a relaxing job of managing the heating and A/C efficiently. The smart climate control component also has the capability to synch up with our blinds. The automatic blinds I put in a few years ago sort of became forgotten. The novelty of the automatic blinds wore off pretty quick. But now, I am able to sync the blinds to the smart climate control unit. The smart climate control component has sensors that indicate when ambient temps are rising in certain rooms. It then is able to have the auto blinds close where plus when it needs them to. I have also employed the ceiling fans a good deal more. Instead of knocking down the temperature a few degrees, I crank the overhead fans up a notch. They don’t really cool the air but, they do trick your skin into feeling cooler. I’m hoping that these efforts will result in at least a fifteen percent savings on peak utility bills during the height of summer. Maybe I can even walk to the mailbox alone.