Approximately fifty percent of my annual energy expenses are the result of heating as well as cooling. I live in the northeastern part of the the country, as well as there’s rarely a time when I can go without the gas furnace or air conditioner. Both of us deal with uneven temperatures well below zero, vicious wind chill as well as a tremendous amount of snow during the winter. In the summer, it’s not unregular for the temperature to climb into the triple digits as well as the humidity is really brutal. Springtime as well as fall tend to be chilly as well as wet, however can bring any type of weather. I’m constantly searching for openings to lessen the workload on the heating as well as cooling plan as well as reduce my expenses. I invested quite a bit of money into new, Energy Star rated, thermal pane windows as well as carefully insulated as well as caulked around them. The new windows have genuinely lessened the amount of drafts coming in as well as improved comfort, even though I didn’t notice much difference in my quarterly gas as well as electric bills. I am also particularly conscientious about replace air filters as well as scheduling annual maintenance for the gas furnace as well as air conditioner with a licensed dealer. Last fall, when the Heating as well as A/C specialist came to the apartment to service the gas furnace, I complained about the cost of keeping the apartment comfortable. The specialist asked about the level of insulation in my attic. Since I’d never paid any attention to the attic, the two of us made the choice to go up there as well as took a look. I then realized that my attic was not insulated. Having an seriously overheated attic in the summer, as well as a frigid chilly attic in the winter, was genuinely a problem. The cost of a few rolls of insulation was minimal, as well as my hubby as well as I handled the work ourselves.