It was the Springtime of 2019 plus our wifey plus I were abruptly looking at a bit of a financial abyss.
I had just been sent home from the zone controlled Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C of our office.
And my wife had lost her job. I was working from home and even though I was doing so with a pay cut as well. And my wife’s job was critical to our finances as well. Every one of us had some extreme regrouping to do. We needed it in order to simply pay the mortgage. So the cost cutting came fast! We could do no incidental spending at all. Every one of us only spent money on essentials. And we needed to save money on those essentials as well. One main target of saving was the Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C cooling costs that we had to pay. Where we live, the air conditioning can be on for 7 months out of the year. But it’s the summer time where it really hits you with a wallop. We’d made efforts before to rein in the Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C cooling costs over the summer, but we just weren’t ever all that disciplined about it. We were not committed to making cooling costs a priority. Well, 2019 changed all of that. I set about making the home as energy efficient as possible. The main culprit was around all the doors so I substituted all the weather stripping with newer weather stripping. We made sure that the drapes were pulled while in the heat of the day in order to prevent direct daylight heating. It was really just all about the thermostat. And man, we kept it in the mid 70’s for that entire summer. Really though, we got accustomed to just pulling out a fan if we were too hot. Our efforts saved us hundreds of dollars.