It’s a long walk to the mailbox when I know the summer utility bill will be in there.
I just hate that envelope. In this region, we live with air conditioning about 6 months of the year. However, the summer dose of heat pushes the HVAC to run much more often. Hence being afraid of the utility bill. But, instead of just running scared, I decided to get a bit more proactive about lessening the HVAC load. It took about 5 minutes on the internet to come up with plenty of DIY ideas to lower the utility costs in the height of summer. I am an absolute beast when it comes to guarding the thermostat. So, that wasn’t a huge deal. However, during peak hours, I am raising the thermostat to at least 80 degrees. I have made sure that the air filter is changed every single month. Unobstructed air flow is key to all HVAC systems. A dirty air filter forces the HVAC unit to work so much harder. I went outside and cleared out all the weeds and debris from around the HVAC condenser cabinet. Again, trying to be certain there is maximum air flow for the unit. Inside the house, I went around to be sure that all the vents were open. I read to never have more than 20 percent of the vents closed in your house. I opened them all. The returns were also checked to be sure there were no obstructions. Finally, I have been sure to pull all the curtains and shades to reduce the impact from direct sunlight. Maybe all this will make the walk to the mailbox a bit easier.