One thing is for certain: Living costs money. If you have never thought about life that way, think again. Living is expensive! We have to pay for food, transportation, clothing, electricity, running water and more! It only gets more expensive as the weather changes. With weather changes come sickness, a change in air quality, an increase in energy bills and fluctuating temperatures.
There are many ways to save money and reduce the balance on most of your bills. For example, you really should get your HVAC system checked out by the professionals! They will be able to tell you if any repairs are needed, if you just need a simple tune-up or a quick cleaning. If your HVAC system is in good working order, it will not have to work as hard to keep your home warm during the winter. Also, by keeping your heating system maintained, it will last longer, which will definitely save you money in the long run.
When the air quality changes (for example, the cold weather will cause the air to be extremely dry) you can end up getting sick. If you want to prevent that, grab a humidifier to keep the humidity level in your home at a safe and manageable level. Another way to save money is to invest in a programmable thermostat. These type of thermostats can be extremely helpful, especially if you are away from the house a lot through work or travel. Programmable thermostats can be easily set to stay at a specific temperature, usually ten to fifteen degrees higher than your regular indoor temperature setting, while you are away from the house. This thermostat can then be set to return to your regular desired setting before you are ready to head back home. This simple process can ensure that your house stays at an optimum temperature but it does not have to work as hard to keep you as warm or as cool if this process wasn’t used. This process can save you up to twenty percent (20%) on your heating bills which is definitely worth looking into installing one of these.
You can take that twenty percent savings and put it toward another bill or your next grocery trip! If you have a savings account, you could also deposit it into that. I think it would be neat to deposit all monthly bill discounts and/or savings into a savings account and see just how much you saved over the course of a year, and then use that money to do something nice for your family!