With all of us searching for ways to save money, look around your house. The picture below is of a very nice landscaping job that is slowly taking over the HVAC unit. This unit needs at least 2′ clear around it to get adequate air circulation to operate optimally. While the unit was installed to close to the house to begin with, the landscaping is thriving too well which is creating a huge problem. There are countless little fixes that will provide big payback. It does not always cost a lot of money to be energy-efficient, sometimes it just takes time.