I get afraid to walk to the mail center while in the Summer weeks. I never suppose 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 my PO box list to the right. Okay, maybe not but it sure seems like it should. I have consistently felt a bit powerless when it comes to the power bill while in the summer. The townhome has to be cooled for the kids, plus I suppose that over 40 percent of that bill will be from the heating and AC 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 new millennium by installing a smart thermostat. This thing does a good task of managing the central heater and AC efficiently. The smart thermostat 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 thermostat. The smart thermostat has sensors that indicate when ambient temps are rising in certain rooms. It then is able to have the auto blinds close where and 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 entirely cool the air but, they do trick your skin into feeling cooler. I’m hoping that these efforts will result in at least a 15 percent savings on peak utility bills while in the height of summer. Maybe I can even walk to the mailbox alone.