Di, host of Pensivity101, is once again standing in for Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, for today’s Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Di wants to know about how we’re dealing with energy prices and inflation. She wants to know…
With energy prices and inflation going mad, what changes will you be able to make to save money? Do you think there is anything you can do in respect of voicing your concerns?
I wish I could say I’m making major changes to save money, but I’m not. I have hired a landscaper to tear out my water-hungry front lawn and replace it with a dry creek bed design and drought friendly plantings. I’m doing it mostly because we’re experiencing a severe drought in northern California and I want to be a responsible citizen by cutting back on my use of water just to keep my grass green. But based upon what I’ll end up spending on this project, it will probably take about ten years to recoup my costs through reduced water bills.
Also, related to water usage, my wife and are both taking showers every other day, rather than daily. Given the drought situation, that is the least we can do.
I would turn the thermostat up 78° to save the on the electric bills for air conditioning, but my wife frequently has hot flashes, and I’d much rather spend more money to keep our house nice and cool on these very hot summer days than deal with a woman in heat (i.e., experiencing hot flashes).
Is there anything I can do to voice my concerns? Yeah. I can grumble and groan and piss and moan.