Over the last several years, I have tried to do a few more thing each year to address the HVAC cooling costs.
- We live in a region where cooling costs are by far the biggest utility cost of the year.
And the summertime is when those cooling costs can seriously skyrocket. About four years ago, I think I was just fed up with paying these exorbitant energy bills without doing something about it. That year was the first year I got a bit proactive about reining in the cooling expenses. I did this first step by focusing on the thermostat setting. I would make sure that I set the thermostat so the inside of the house wouldn’t be more than 15 degrees cooler than the outside temperatures. However, I didn’t like coming home to a hot house either. But I sure saw how thermostat discipline was a big part of knocking down cooling costs. The next year, I bought a smart thermostat in order to do the same sort of thing with the thermostat setting. However, with the smart thermostat, I wouldn’t be coming home to a very warm house. The smart thermostat would start cooling the house a bit as I was on my way home. Last year, I added to that mix by really making sure the house was really tight. I found and sealed any gaps or cracks I could find that might leak HVAC treated air. Plus, all the weather stripping was replaced as well. This year, I am adding automatic blinds to be sure that there is no more direct sunlight heating. And this year, we should save the most we ever have on our summer cooling costs.