Where you live depends upon how you will implement today’s tip. To save, I encourage you to open the windows and bundle up. Not at the same time, mind you, but depending on the time of year, you can save by doing one or the other.
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When it is pleasant outside with a nice breeze, open the windows instead of running the air conditioner. Is it going to warm up in the afternoon? Open the windows in the morning and during the night to save yourself some time from running the ac.
When it is cold outside, put on cozy slippers and a warm sweatshirt before adjusting the heat. Climb under a blanket as you are reading on the couch and sleep with the air a bit cooler at night. I always sleep better when I’m just a bit cool and cozy under blankets.
The savings tip is simple. We’re often told how much we can save if we raise the air conditioner a degree or two higher, or lower the heat by a couple of degrees. While that is certainly true (and I do encourage you to try that), we can save even more when we don’t use the heat or ac at all.
Like I said at the beginning, I grew up in Texas where opening the windows, even in the morning hours of summer, was not a possibility. Living up North in Indiana, I can now go days – and weeks – without running the air conditioner in the summer. On the flip side, our heat is a necessity during Indiana winters but an occasional need in south Texas.
Do what you can. As with all these saving tips throughout the series, choose what you can do – and do it! Which one is easier for you? Opening windows or bundling up?
To read all 31 simple tips in this series, you can do so here.