Cutting Down on Energy Costs

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to work on reducing our expenses in order to increase our savings rate.  I was hoping to be able to put away about 25% of the money that I bring home this year, but it is going to take some work to change how we spend our money.  Instead of getting another job or starting a new business, I felt that cutting costs would be the first place to start where I might be able to get some traction.

In our case, our biggest expenditure is power.  Every year our electricity bill has climbed up and there are days when I look at the bill and I cannot believe that we use so much electricity.  I suppose that living in air conditioned comfort comes at a cost, but I figured there were some opportunities for us to reduce our consumption or reduce the amount that we need to use the AC on a daily basis.

I went and spoke with a company that specialized in energy saving Los Angeles to get some tips and tricks as to what I could change to make a real difference on our monthly bills.  I wanted to learn from the experts and that is exactly what I did.

We are going to replace the remainder of our old windows with new energy efficient ones and spend some money on a programmable thermostat.  I am going to monitor our monthly bills for the next few months to measure the savings.

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Fixing Our Mold Problem

There is nothing worse than coming home to a disaster.  We decided to go away for Christmas and were gone for a little more than a week.  At some point during that week a waterline in our home sprung a leak.  We don’t know how long it was leaking for, but in the end, we ended up with a moldy bathroom and a big mess on the main floor of our home.

I was not happy at all.

I knew full-well that I wasn’t going to be able to deal with the issue on my own, so I contacted a company that specialized in mold remediation Los Angeles to come assess the situation and give us options.  It needed to be fixed as soon as possible and I was pleasantly surprised when a technician showed up a mere forty minutes after my initial phone call.

Their prompt response made me happy (or at least as happy as someone dealing with this kind of situation) and while there is some work ahead, at least I can see that we will be done with this situation soon.

The next time we go away we will get someone to check-in on the house for us – I hope that we never have to deal with a situation like this again.

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Helping my Uncle with his Mold Problem

I often worry about getting older.  There seems to come a point where you can handle all that life throws your way and many people try to sweep their problems under the rug which often results in them coming to haunt them sometime in the future.  I have seen this phenomenon a number of times now and I hope that I learn from the mistakes that the people I know make.

Let me use my uncle as an example.

I was out to his home this week in Los Angeles.  When I walked in the door I couldn’t help but notice a musty smell in his home.  I’m a little sensitive to mold, so I decided to ask him if he had any mold or water problems.  While he didn’t confess to any issues, I asked his permission to investigate further.  He gave me the go-ahead, so I decided to explore his house from top to bottom looking for any problems.

There was just one big one.

You see, it looked like he tried to shutoff his main water tap at some point but it started to leak.

It leaked a lot.

In fact, there was mold throughout his basement and it looked like the one thing he didn’t deal with had become a big issue.

Thankfully I was there to help.

We contacted a company that specialized in mold remediation Los Angeles and made an appointment for them to come out and deal with the problem.  They were happy to fit us in and I am hoping that they will get things all fixed up for my uncle shortly.

I am just happy I was there to help him out.

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