It’s almost getting to the point of a slight obsession.
But I just care about figuring out new ways to save on Heating, Ventilation plus A/C cooling. But that wasn’t always the case. It’s just been a few years now since I legitimately got a handle on the Heating, Ventilation plus A/C cooling costs. The greatest change was not turning on the air conditioner until mid May at least. I got that little nugget from a native who has lived here all his life. The two of us just stopped turning on the air conditioner instantaneously when the temperature is jump over 68 or 72. That’s just Springtime around here and you just like it, and doing so allowed us to get more accustomed to high temperatures which has made a tremendous difference. Increasingly though, I have added to that strategy each summer. I prepped the apartment to be sure that it’s sealed up tight. That might mean replacing weather stripping or making sure the seals around the windows are tight. I also caulked up any gaps I can find on the exterior. Of course, you have to mitigate direct daylight heating with shades. This summer time I took it to another level by not using the stove or the oven. I simply cooked outside on the grill for anything that needed to be hot. Additionally, I stopped using the clothes dryer whenever I could. Instead of heating up the house, I started hanging the clothes out to dry. My partner appreciated that part. And again, all of us beat our savings on Heating, Ventilation plus A/C cooling from the previous summer. I’m going to have to keep thinking up ways to save even more on air conditioner costs for next summer.