Loss of income made up buckle down on saving money

In the spring of 2020 and our wife and I were quickly looking at a bit of a financial abyss staring back at us.

My job had sent me home from the zone controlled Heating plus A/C of our office and my wife lost her part time job, too.

So I was working from home and I also had a big pay cut. And my wife’s paycheck was very critical to our finances as well. Both of us had some serious regrouping to do. We had to pay the mortgage. So we really had to buckle down on our cost cutting. We did not allow ourselves any incidental spending at all. Both of us only spent money on the essentials. And both of us needed to save on those essentials as well. One main target of our savings was the Heating plus A/C cooling costs that summer. Where both of us live, the air conditioner can be on for months and months at a time. In the Summer, it really hits the pocketbook with a wallop. We’d made efforts before to rein in the Heating plus A/C cooling costs. We just were not really disciplined about it and so we weren’t very committed to making cooling costs a priority. Well, 2020 changed all of that. I got about making the apartment as tightened up as possible. The main culprit was around all the doors so I replaced all the weather stripping. We also made sure that the drapes were pulled during the heat of the day in order to prevent direct sunshine heating. From there, it was really just all about the thermostat. We kept it set in the high 70s that summer. We managed to get accustomed to just pulling out a fan if we got too hot. And our efforts saved us hundreds of dollars that would have been wasted.
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We had to figure out how to save money that summer

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.

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We figured out how to save money on our cooling costs

It was the Springtime last year when my husband and I were suddenly looking at a bit of a financial problem staring back at us.

I’d just been sent back to my house from the zone controlled HVAC of our office.

He had lost his job also. So not only was I really working from the condo but I was doing so with a big pay cut also. And my husband’s job was fairly critical to our finances as well. We had some extreme regrouping to do in order to pay the mortgage. Our cost cutting was very serious, and there was no incidental spending at all. We only spent money on our essentials. And the two of us needed to save money on those essentials as well. One main target of our savings was the HVAC cooling costs. Where the two of us live, the air conditioning can be on for 8 months out of the year. But it’s the Summer where it really hits the old pocketbook with a wallop. We’d made efforts to rein in the HVAC cooling costs before, but the two of us just weren’t ever all that disciplined about doing it. We were making cooling costs a priority. Well, 2020 changed all of that for us. I set about making the new home as tight as it could be. And the main culprit was around all the doors so I upgraded all the weather stripping. Then we made sure that the drapes were pulled down while in the heat of the morning in order to prevent direct sunshine heating. I think it was really just all about the temperature control. And so the two of us kept it in the mid 70’s that entire summer. Really though, the two of us got accustomed to just using a fan if the two of us were hot. Our efforts saved us hundreds of dollars that summer.

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We saved hundreds of dollars that summer

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.

digital thermostat

Had to get serious about cutting HVAC costs

It was the spring of 2020 and my wife and I were suddenly looking at a bit of a financial abyss staring back at us.

I’d just been sent home from the zone controlled HVAC of my office and she’d lost her part time job outright.

Not only was I working from home but I was doing so with a pay cut as well. And my wife’s part time job was critical to our finances as well. We had some serious regrouping to do in order to simply pay the mortgage. So the cost cutting came fast and furious. There was no incidental spending at all. We only spent money on essentials. And we needed to save on those essentials as well. One main target of saving was the HVAC cooling costs. Where we live, the air conditioning can be on for 8 months out of the year. But it’s the summer where it really hits the pocketbook with a wallop. We’d made efforts before to rein in the HVAC cooling costs. But we just weren’t ever all that disciplined about it and so not committed to making cooling costs a priority. Well, 2020 changed all of that. I got about making the house as tight as possible. The main culprit was around all the doors so I replaced all the weather stripping. Then we made sure that the drapes were pulled during the heat of the day in order to prevent direct sunlight heating. From there, it was really just all about the thermostat. And man, we kept it in the mid 80’s that entire summer. Really though, we got accustomed to just pulling out a fan if we were hot. Our efforts saved us hundreds of dollars that would have otherwise been wasted.

 

 

furnace/heater repair

I’m glad that I never went back to work at the main office

I guess I never thought I’d be comfortable working anywhere but my office.

The zone controlled Heating, Ventilation, plus A/C of the office I’ve been in for nearly 20 years was always really comfortable for me.

And I’m a creature of habit, so I was pretty entrenched with being at the office every day of the week. I’ve had other job offers from other companies that I’ve turned down because I just wasn’t up for the change. You can imagine how I felt back when the pandemic started plus I had to leave the zone controlled Heating, Ventilation, plus A/C comfort of the office for my house to work! It was a huge change for me and I’m not all that great with change most of the time. Also, my wife was working from home and then we had to deal with the kids doing school from home, too! It was a rough time, that’s for sure. We were inside the house together all the time, which was rough. But then we all started to find a rhythm before too long. That started with us getting out of said a/c to go outside for walks or to play games together at night. I finally was able to get the handle on how to do the online meetings as well. By fall, I was doing more work and getting much higher quality than I ever had produced. That sort of stayed with me later on with our office with the zone controlled Heating, Ventilation, plus A/C reopened. It hit me and others that I’m far better off when I work from my home. I didn’t need to go back to the downtown office. So I was able to square that with my boss. Now I just stay home. I cleared out a room and I added a ductless heat pump. Now it feels like I’m still in the zone controlled Heating, Ventilation, plus A/C at the main office.

duct cleaning

Now the HVAC is more like the one at the office

So I was able to work it out with my bosses & stay home

I guess I never thought I’d be comfortable working anywhere except for the zone controlled Heating, Ventilation and A/C of the office I’ve been working at for nearly 17 years. Being a creature of habit is hard. I was pretty entrenched with being at the office. There have even been multiple job offers at other companies that I’ve turned down. I guess I just wasn’t up for the change. You can imagine how it felt when the pandemic started & I had to leave the zone controlled Heating, Ventilation and A/C comfort of my beloved office for my house. It was a big change for me and I’m terrible with changes. Also, my spouse was jockeying for time to do tasks from home too. We also had kids doing school remotely. Every one of us were all in the air conditioner together day in & day out. But we started to find a good rhythm before too long. That started with getting out of the air conditioning to go outside for walks or to play games in the evening. And before very long, I got the handle on how to do the online meetings for my job as well. By fall, I was doing more work, with a much higher quality than I ever had produced. That sort of stayed with myself and others as the office with the zone controlled Heating, Ventilation and A/C reopened. I realized that I’m much better off at working from a home office than going back to the downtown office. So I was able to work it out with my bosses & stay home. I cleared out a room upstairs and we added a ductless heat pump so it’s more like the zone controlled Heating, Ventilation and A/C at the main office.

 

electric heat pump

I feel like I’m back at work now

I honestly never thought I’d be comfortable outside of the office.

I loved the zone controlled Heating and A/C of the office I’ve been in for nearly 10 years.

Being a creature of habit, I was pretty happy with being at the office. There have even been many offers with other companies that I’ve turned down because I just wasn’t up for that type of change. You can imagine how I was when the pandemic started. I hated to leave the zone controlled Heating and A/C comfort of the office for our house instead! As I’ve stated, I’m not exactly super duper when it comes to change. Plus, my husband was there and we both had to deal with our kids doing school remotely. The whole family was together all day long and it was rough at first! But we started to find a rhythm before too long. That started with getting out of the house and the air conditioner to go outside for walks or to play games sometimes. Before long, I got the handle on how to do the online meetings as well. By the time fall rolled around, I was doing more work, with higher quality than I ever had produced before. That fact stayed with me as the office with the zone controlled Heating and A/C reopened. It hit me that I’m far better working from a beach house office than going back to the downtown office with everyone else. Iwas able to square that with our boss so now I just stay home. I cleared out a room and added a ductless heat pump. Now I feel like I’m in the zone controlled Heating and A/C at the main office.

 

 

furnace filter

Working from home is better for me

I never thought I’d be comfortable working anywhere but the zone controlled HVAC of the office I’ve been in for nearly 19 years.

A creature of habit, I was pretty entrenched with being at the office.

There have even been numerous offers to me with other companies that I’ve turned down because I just wasn’t up for making the change. You can imagine how I was when the pandemic started. I had to leave the zone controlled HVAC comfort of the office for my own house. Let myself and others say that it was a sizable change. And I’ve stated, I’m not exactly comfortable when it comes to change. Plus, my wife really wanted me to work from home. The two of us both had to deal with the youngsters reading remotely. Both of us were in the A/C morning in and morning out. But the two of us started to find our rhythm before too long. That started with getting out of our A/C to just go outside for walks or to play games in the evening. And before long, I got the handle on how to do the online meetings I needed to have as well. By fall, I was doing more work, with a higher quality than I ever had produced. That sort of stayed with me as time passed and then the office with the zone controlled HVAC reopened. It hit me then that I’m far better off laboring from my house rather than going back to the downtown office. So I was able to square that with my bosses. Now I just stay home. I cleared out a room and we added a ductless heat pump so at least it feels like I’m in the zone controlled HVAC at the main office.

ductless heat pump

HVAC helps make the switch to home office

I really never thought I’d be comfortable working anywhere but the zone controlled HVAC of the office I’ve been in for nearly 20 years.

Being a creature of habit, I was pretty entrenched with being at the office.

There have even been several offers with other companies that I’ve turned down because I just wasn’t up for the change. You can imagine how I was when the pandemic started and I had to leave the zone controlled HVAC comfort of the office for my house. Let me say that it was a big change and as I’ve stated, I’m not exactly super duper when it comes to change. Plus, my wife was jockeying for time to work from home as we both had to deal with the kids learning remotely. We were all in the air conditioning together day in and day out. But we started to find a rhythm before too long. That started with getting out of said air conditioning to go outside for walks or to play games in the evening. And before long, I got the handle on how to do the online meetings as well. By fall, I was doing more work, with higher quality than I ever had produced. That sort of stayed with me as the office with the zone controlled HVAC reopened. It hit me that I’m far better off working from a home office than going back to the downtown office. So I was able to square that with my bosses and stay home. I cleared out a room and added a ductless heat pump so at least I feel like I’m in the zone controlled HVAC at the main office.

 

heat pump install