The pandemic really did test us.
Not only did we have to work from home in the air conditioning of our house instead of the zone controlled HVAC of the office, we took pay cuts.
That was the only way we could both stay employed. And even then it was close. Thankfully, we were able to work from home in our own air conditioning and keep our jobs. But that was just the beginning. We had to figure out just how we were going to deal with so much less income. Our budget was already pretty tight prior to the pay cuts. So we had to make some big choices. The spending, at the beginning, had to be just on essentials. And if we wanted something other that that, it had to fit the budget and it had to be on sale. Then, we targeted the air conditioning costs for savings that first summer. Instead of just putting the thermostat setting wherever we wanted, we moved it to the low 80’s during the day. That made a big difference and we saved a bunch of money on HVAC cooling over the entire summer. We saved so much money that we were able to keep paying for the HVAC maintenance. Normally, we get heating maintenance in the fall followed by an air conditioning tune-up in the spring. But we never really considered not paying for HVAC maintenance. Its’ just too important for the HVAC equipment and the HVAC equipment is just too important to us. But having the savings from the summer of less air conditioning really did help.