We are now in November, and autumn has arrived in my little southern city.
Our autumn is not like the fall season you can find in other states that derive a huge income from leaf-watchers every year, but I still enjoy the coming of autumn.
We do have the occasional trees whose leaves turn pretty colors, and we do have cool evenings. Sometimes, the coolness is even evident during the day, and I love that! The best part about it is that I save money on the air conditioning bill. Next to rent or mortgage, the largest household bill is often utilities – that is, heating and cooling. In my case, it is cooling only, as I almost never feel the need to use the heating. Anyway, the other day, I was excited to be able to flip the thermostat switch to the off position and open up the windows. I even left the a/c off when I went into the office. I wasn’t sure how hot it would get during the day, and I bet my poor dog was a bit taken aback, but it didn’t get terribly hot. It didn’t feel as if the heater had been on all day when I walked in. The thermostat was registering about 76 degrees, which is a bit warm but not too terrible. When fall comes and I turn off the a/c, I know that my air conditioning bill is going to plummet, and that makes me so happy. Often, I take that savings and spend it on Christmas gifts for people, but this year I am in a pay-off-mortgage-asap mode, so anything I don’t spend on a/c is going as additional principal on the mortgage.