We had a free home energy audit done on our house this week. We live in the north and recently experienced a series of below ZERO temperatures. I've been on the waiting list for over a year for this.
We learned a ton of very cheap and easy ways to seal up our house, involving Blue Great Stuff Foam, foil tape, and rope caulk. We're going to be sealing the shit out of our house over the next few months! The auditor told us that dropping $5K on doors is not necessary, that our doors really aren't that bad, and that simply sealing them up would be a better idea. We also learned that we need another 10 inches of cellulose insulation blown into our attic space, so my DH will be enlisting the help of a buddy this spring to make it happen.
Did you know that spiderwebs are often a sign of an air leak around windows, doors, and furnace ductwork? Imagine that.
Plus we received a FREE programmable thermostat and a FREE water saving hand-held showerhead to make washing my DD's hair a whole lot easier. Both of these items were on my list of things to buy, so by taking 2 minutes to call our energy company and remaining on the wait list for over a year, I saved our family a bit of money.
We also learned that our furnace has another 10 years, at least. And that our water heater is older than dirt (original to house, 1974), but once it bites the dust we should look into an electric on-demand water heater. Gas would be more efficient, I know, but the cost to run a gas line might prove to be disadvantageous. But I would also love a gas stove...
Budgeting is going well. Although I'm dreaming about a cruise. February is the worst winter month. I'm 29 weeks pregnant and stressed at work. I have a long list of baby essentials to pick up, but I don't want to spend any money. Correction, I WANT to spend money, I just don't have any to spare.
We're likely going to use our tax return in two ways this month: Put $1000 on the VISA balance and put $1000 into the E-Fund. In past years we've just blown it on crap for the house, like TVs and a new washer and dryer. Progress...
The thought crossed my mind to play to lotto this week. I need about $230K to get out of debt completely. Car $27K, Student Loans $70K, House $130K, Consumer Debt $8K. Where's my rich uncle? Doesn't anyone have $250K to spare. This is HARD work.
VISA = $6,021.54
Home Improvement Loan = $2235
Debt Reduction since Original Post: $1000