At Bourke Accounting, Bill and Tim will not allow me to touch the thermostat (someone tell me if this is a guy thing). I am encouraged to bring a sweater if I get chilly. So far, I haven’t been able to convince Bill that a bulky sweater will just ruin my cute blouse and patterned leggings outfit, so I am bundled up. To be fair, the temperature is kept at 70, so I might just be a Complaining Carol.

I can’t blame my stalwart bosses, though. According to Electricitylocal.com, the average “monthly commercial electricity bill in Kentucky is $458.” However, Energy.gov tells us that, just by setting that dial down by 10-15 degrees, we can save 5-15% on heating bills. I really hate to admit it, but just like Bourke is helping me to overcome my shyness, I am starting to bring their advice about temperature home, too: I have been setting my thermostat to 69 and wearing my Snuggie lately.

Saving money and energy are important. For example, we all know that if you’re going to leave your house for an extended period, you shouldn’t have your heat turned up to 80. However, is it a good idea to turn it all the way off? The answer is a flat “no.” Turning your heat off completely is a bad option according to Mason Harshbarger from Air Masters (courtesy of WUSA9.com). Mr. Harshbarger says that, when you turn your heat on and off, “your system will have to work extra hard for extra long to get the temperature back up.” So, turn it down, not off, when you venture out into the world.

Since I am a wealth of energy saving tips today, let’s talk about furnace filters. I confess that I am guilty of ignoring my filters. I change it only when I remember that it exists. Oddly enough, I am then utterly confused when my heat isn’t acting quite right; take it from your humble narrator, changing your filter every few years just doesn’t work. UShomefilter.com suggests that you change your filter about every 90 days. Of course, if you have animals, a very full house or babies (not that babies are dirty, they just need cleaner air), you’ll want to change it more often. LG&E suggests that every time you get your energy bill, take a look at your filter. A dirty filter will cost you money as your system is working harder to keep you comfortable.

Finally, if it’s a bright, sunny day, keep your shades and curtains open. Usually, the Greenhouse Effect is not a good thing. When it comes to saving money on your heating bill, though, it is fantastic. At night, my dad always told me, close your shades to keep the heat in (and save your neighbors from having to bear witness to you parading around in your skivvies).

Energy bills are never pleasant to receive, but they’re a sad fact of life. Since it’s only January, we have a few more months to contend with cold wind in the eaves and shivery nights. If you change just a few little habits, you might find that you save money and resources. And that might make your bills a little easier to handle.

Don’t touch the thermostat at Bourke Accounting. However, if you ask, Bill and Tim will bump up the heat for you; Bourke Accounting professionals are strict, but compassionate, after all. Our Bourke Accounting specialists know every trick in the book to help you save money and protect the money you already have. Bourke Accounting reps hate to see wasted reserves and offer every solution to make sure you know how to make every dollar count.

Come see us any time. Our number is 502-451-8773 and don’t forget to visit our website at www.bourkeaccounting.com. See you soon!

Written by Sue H.