I went out and bought Eclipse Energy-Efficient curtains for the big windows in our living room (from Walmart) and window tint for our odd-shaped windows. Our bill shrank by about 45% just in this first month since having them.
Since our living room is so open with the loft on the upstairs opposite side, I realize our heating bill is going to probably get a little high too, so I invested in a heater. I ended up going with this one because it was on sale on QVC two weeks ago. The boys think it's the most ugliest thing ever, but I think it's kind of cool.
Hopefully out winter utility bills won't be insane. I'd like to be able to not have to move next summer, but paying $2k in rent and utilities alone isn't exactly what we had in mind when we said "Let's move!" either.
[For those wondering, Bear is doing a little bit better. Still having a few slight issues, but she's back to jumping on the couch and going up and down the stairs with little to no help. We have a follow up appointment tomorrow afternoon, so I should get an idea from the vet what they think her outcome looks, but IMHO, she looks like shes going to pull through this hurdle. And I doing pretty good, too. Today I didn't use my inhaler after the first wake up, but I also didn't go anywhere, and that's when I tend to get out of breath. Tomorrow will be the real test when I'm back swinging between each side of campus. Thanks for your prayers for both of us. I'll keep you updated!]