When I lived with some roommates for a couple of years, we surprisingly were able to get along, but we all did our honorable share of the chores around the property and we worked together to make everything work out.
We all agreed that we had to pay careful attention to the energy costs in the home and we looked for energy saving tips all the time.
We did smart things like replacing the light bulbs with LED bulbs which are highly energy efficient. We installed a smart thermostat to work with the A/C plan too. Something else we all realized was that we needed cabin services done officially. We spoke to the landlord and he said that he would only have an A/C worker come out to work on the oil furnace, not the cooling system, I thought that was kind of dumb since he should be keeping up with the equipment in his own house, however we ended up covering the home services needed for the cooling system. We actually enrolled into a service contract with a local cooling provider and we got a pretty good deal for all the service work that was needed. It’s funny because before I ended up moving out, the landlord was saying how it was amazing that we never had our cooling plan break down. I explained it was because of the proactive services done on the cooling equipment, and it definitely was something that should be done every single year. I hope he learned from our example and decided to get into an A/C service system with a local contractor.