Additionally, I stopped using the clothes dryer whenever I could.
It’s almost getting to the point of a slight obsession. But I just care about figuring out current 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 absolutely got a handle on the Heating, Ventilation, plus A/C cooling costs. The greatest change was not turning on the a/c until mid May at least. I got that little nugget from a native who has lived here all her life. The two of us just stopped turning on the a/c immediately when the temperature is jump over 69 or 76. That’s just Springtime around here plus you just care about it, but doing so allowed us to get more accustomed to high hot plus cold 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 sunlight heating with shades. This Summer 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 wife loved that part. And again, the people I was with and I 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 a/c costs for next summer.