First of all, welcome to 2012!
To kick off this year, we wanted to start with a New Year’s Resolution. Ahhh….New Year’s resolutions….I have made many over the years, but never seem to stick with them. (I’m sure many of you have been in a similar boat.)
Simply put, I get lazy. That’s why I’m going with a convenient and easy resolution this year …one that will bring out my competitive side which is always good when I want to stick with something….did I mention it will save me money?!
As you all may recall from a previous post, I recently got married. Since I insist on practicing what I preach (and saving money!), I keep my thermostat at 68 degrees during the winter for maximum efficiency. We all know that heating/cooling accounts for about 45% of the bill! This seems like a no brainer….you adjust the thermostat…that’s it! No extra money spent.
But it seems some people (ahem, new husband) do not share my conservation enthusiasm.
There have been multiple mornings when I will say to myself, wow, it feels really warm for 68 degrees! False. Somehow the thermostat has magically set itself at 72 degrees. I of course put it back at 68 degrees.
We have continued this struggle without ever mentioning it for some time now. I have instead made it a habit to check the thermostat throughout the day to make sure it is at 68 degrees.
Now a marriage counselor may tell you that you need to compromise, but I’m going to tell you that for maximum savings, I must win the thermostat wars. If you find yourself in a similar situation but cave and compromise, just remember that every degree is a 1-3% savings on your bill. Good Luck!!
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