It was the Spring of 2020.
We were hastily looking at a bit of a financial abyss staring back at us.
I’d just been sent home from my job with the zone controlled Heating as well as Air Conditioning of my office plus my wife had lost her job. So I was working from home but I was doing so with a pay cut. And then my wife’s job was critical to our finances as well. All of us had some dire regrouping to do in order to survive and to pay the mortgage. So the cost cutting came fast and furious for us. We allowed no incidental spending at all. All of us only spent money on essentials. And the people I was with and I needed to save on those essentials. Our main target of saving was the Heating as well as Air Conditioning cooling costs. The air conditioning can be on for months and months out of the year. But it’s the summertime where it is really bad. And of course we had made efforts before to rein in the Heating as well as Air Conditioning cooling costs. But the people I was with and I just weren’t ever all that disciplined about actually doing it. We never were very committed to making cooling costs a priority. Well, 2020 changed all of that at our house. We started to make the place as airtight as possible. The main culprit was around all the doors so I substituted all the weather stripping. Then the people I was with and I made sure that the drapes were shut tight during the hottest parts of the day. From there, it was easily just all about the control unit. And we kept the A/C in the mid 80’s that entire summer. Really though, we got pretty accustomed to just pulling out an electric fan if we were too hot. Our efforts saved us lots of money.