Well this summer, I discovered that it doesn’t have to be that way.
I do my best to keep a close eye on the household budget. During these bizarre, uncertain economic times, one has to be on top of household spending. It would be too easy to simply be less disciplined and hope for the best then spend as we please, however, that is just not a responsible way to act, especially when you’re a parent. Working from the air conditioned comfort of my home has allowed me to be a bit more aware of our spending. The pandemic has forced all of us to be a bit more aware of our finances as it has caused some harm to the economy and people. But, it honestly doesn’t take all that much to keep our finances straight. It just takes paying attention. Another pay off due to just paying attention is the greatly reduced air conditioning load this summer. Normally, I don’t pay all that much attention to the air conditioning. This is dumb because it can be undoubtedly expensive in our area of the country. Air conditioning is essential here plus I have always just accepted that paying for that goes with the territory. Well this summer, I discovered that it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of overpaying because I’m over cooling a house, I just paid attention. I made sure that I was keeping about 15 degrees between our inside temp and the outdoor temperature. I was stunned to see what an enormous difference this made in our utility bill.