As my toddler grows bigger and more adventurous by the day, I find that I am having less time to do / get done the things I used to leisurely do. Most me time waits until he is asleep- napping or down for the night.
I am constantly looking for any tool I can use to make life a little easier.
I have started to make weekly menus – set shopping lists and lists of the things that need attention around the house. This includes bill cutting back to save money wherever we can.
I was surprised last month when we got our utilities bill to see that it was double what we had paid in previous months. I studied the bill and then assessed what we had done differently. A few things stuck out.
1. Air Conditioner usage
2. Dryer usage
San Diego gets HOT in the summertime. We thought that since we had the privilege of having an AC that we would use it to combat the sweaty misery of the heat.
I’m still not sure why, but for some reason it doesn’t do the cooling you would expect. Maybe it’s the way the house is split in two- idk.
In an effort to cut our expenses I stopped using the ac. I have placed fans around the house and keep certain blinds closed as the sun beats down on them. If that is not enough I open the doors to the outside to get a cool draft going through to air out the house. I also keep doors to bedrooms and bathrooms closed, turn off any lights or appliances that are not in use- anything to reduce the heat emitted in the house.
I also realized that with the heat in the house, I could seize the opportunity to start hang-drying our clothing. Not only do we save on not using the dryer (electricity and $ since it’s coin operated) but the drying of the clothes in the house makes it smell fresh and adds a bit of moisture back into the air.
Currently I am using whatever we have in the house to hang the clothes on. Mainly our weight machine .
I am pleased with the results and will continue to look for ways to save.
Do you have any energy saving tips you live by?