Originally Posted by militaryman
Ok, Agreed. And that might save you say 20-30% (maybe) on your utility bills but what if a year from now your bill is 400/mo average and it looks like that will continue that way.
What drastic steps could you take other than downsizing the McMansion that noone wants to buy?
Depends on your area, and house. Insulation could save you as much as 50% and the fans another 5%,10% percent?
If you are looking at truly catastropic costs, it is always easier to plan in advance than fix it once it happens. Good windows, geothermal system, heck a granite hallway next to a south facing windows that open the entire south side of the house (with good blinds for summer
If you didn't plan ahead, turning the thermostat down (in the winter) or up (in the summer) 10 degrees should help quite a bit.