I broke down and turned on the AC at home on Sunday, 7/3. We managed to get through over 21 straight days of 90 degree plus weather, but on Sunday the humidity coupled with the heat was too much for some in my household to bear.
Now some may not think running the AC isn’t such a big deal, and others can’t bear to live without it. For me it was a budgetary thing. We had made it through all of the summer of 2010 without it, and I was shooting for the same low utility bills this year. But we do have young children living with us now, so I bit the bullet and flipped the thermostat to “cool.”
There are other ways we’re trying to be thrifty at my house. We’re making a real effort to consolidate our trips to save a little money on gas. We’ve cut back on the premium package on our cable TV service and we’re looking at dropping the land line home phone all together, since we all have cell phones.
My favorite money saving move is the motorcycle. Granted, that’s not the main reason I bought it. It’s not even the main reason I ride it still. But it is nice to get 58 miles per gallon while having a great time.
I guess I’ll have to find somewhere else to cut back to make up for running the AC this summer. But I do have to admit it’s nice to be able eat dinner without working up a sweat.