When we just moved here, we were so happy for 2 huge reasons.
The first reason was that we would never face another winter night where we had to use something like a gas furnace or a boiler to stay warm. And none of us were going to miss the cost of the old HVAC, either. The idea of having a winter full of sunshine in which we could get outside and appreciate nature was so incredibly exciting. The other part of the move that we were excited about was the fact that we would all be able to appreciate some privacy. After a lifetime spent living in the city life, the idea of some space and privacy was so inviting. No longer would we have to work for privacy. We’d be living on 15 acres of land with no neighbors. I could hardly believe it! And when we finally did move to the south, we got all of that plus more. The aspect of privacy has a lot to do with me initially paying far too much for HVAC cooling that first spring. Neither of us bothered to hang any curtains when we moved into our house. Since we didn’t have neighbors, we just wanted to revel in the view and the fact that we didn’t have to cover our windows. But what I didn’t realize until late that first Springtime was that no window coverings meant a whole lot of direct sunshine heating. Subsequently, that meant a ton of extra kilowatt minutes for the heating and air conditioning equipment. That first utility bill of late Springtime sure got my attention. That’s when I learned that mitigating direct sunshine heating will slash a heating and cooling bill for sure.