I was in some serious need of tricks and tools to start saving on my utility bills. I moved up into the mountains last year. Since day one, I have experienced a spike in my heating and cooling bills. I knew I was in for a temperature change, but I guess I didn’t think about what that would mean for my monthly household budget. First, my heating bill skyrocketed insanely to my shock. Then, once summer came around, I found my air conditioning took a huge hit as well! I needed a solution quick. All I could think of was to find ways to better conserve energy. I had no system of where to start; consequently, I called my nearby HVAC provider and asked if a technician could come over to assess my home. I was so surprised how much time he spent going over every detail with me. He explained the importance of regular HVAC maintenance, which I tend to completely slack off at times. He told me that my air vents need to be cleaned regularly, yet changing out the air filters. I had not even considered this before. Then, he went into my basement to check out my ductwork. Apparently, the ductwork was very worn out. It looked as if it had not been replaced in years. It never occurred to me to check on any of this before now. I couldn’t believe how I caused so much of my own added expenses! I was taking a lot of notes. I was sure to get everything up and in working order. When couple of months passed and I received my utility bill, I was amazed to see my financial savings. All of the upgrades I did to my heating and cooling unit paid off!