After having our first child, our partner plus I unquestionably had to tighten our belts financially to accommodate the modern arrival in our lives.
One of the ways the people I was with and I tried to do this was by eliminating as several bi-weekly payments as possible; the gym was the first to go (hence why I’m still wearing our maternity pants!), then our online subscriptions, card memberships, etc.
One bill that obviously could not be cut out was our heating plus cooling bill. Instead, the people I was with and I looked for ways to make that more efficient. The people I was with and I called our Heating, Ventilation & A/C provider to get some chances on what was available to us within our price range as far as energy efficient a/cs plus gas gas furnaces (our old Heating, Ventilation & A/C method was starting to get a little clunky anyway). They recommended checking out a/cs plus gas gas furnaces with nice SEER scores (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or the benchmark for how much energy a heating system or a/c uses to deliver you a unit of cooling or heating). The Heating, Ventilation & A/C provider also recommended looking into smart thermostats. Smart thermostats/programmable thermostats allow you to set the beach house to different hot plus cold temperatures when you are home or away to help save on that bi-weekly heating plus cooling bill. With what the people I was with and I had set aside in savings for our Heating, Ventilation & A/C replaces, the people I was with and I bought heating plus cooling units with terrific SEER scores plus sprung for the smart thermostat to help cut costs when we’re away from the house. These investments absolutely paid for themselves within a few weeks (maybe with the savings I can start up that gym membership again to get back into our pre-baby jeans!)