Lida and I bought this place almost three months ago, but we are still living in the apartment. It was a huge project when we took it on. Some guy had already bought it and gutted the place, but for some reason he had to abandon the project. Apparently the bank took it back. They did not want to deal with it and we got a steal of a bargain. That was just the beginning though a guy who does ac repair in hudson county nj had to come in and totally rip out the AC unit, then replace it with a modern one. The thought was that this made the most sense. As the place was totally gutted when we got it we started out by insulating it as well as we could figure out how. I got my brother in law to work on the wiring, as it was obviously out of date and did not inspire that much confidence. It scared him I think, but that was not all that expensive as we worked out a barter type of deal.
Then I decided that I would use a couple of the smart home types of features. The theory goes like this. The house has a computer and the computer figures out when you are there and what parts of the house are in use. If you are in bed sleeping, then it makes sure that the bedroom is nice and comfortable, whether it needs to be heated or cooled. The rest of the house obviously does not need to be kept at a perfect temperature if there is no one there to know. You can take the concept a lot further than I have, but it takes money for it. In fact you can hook it up to your phone so it knows when you shall walk through the door.