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The Power Bill

July 27th, 2008 at 09:47 pm

Today has been a no spend day. Actually it's been a very lazy day. Friday was my birthday so we got a sitter to watch DS and went out with some friends on Saturday. We stayed out kind of late so today was catch up on sleep day lol. I'm making shepard's pie for dinner tonight. Not really a summer meal, but it's cheap, easy, and makes for good leftovers for the week's lunches.

I got my power bill. I've actually been excited to receive it just to see how much we were going to save since cutting back. We have been limiting out power usage during peak times. We have been turning off the water heater while not using it. We run the dryer during non peak times and we use the dry towel in with it (it does speed the drying up) We installed a programmable thermostat keeping the AC turned off from 3am-4pm and then when it is on it's set to 76.

Our house is almost 1600 sq ft. Last month's power bill (not using methods listed above) was $185 and that was using 1774 kw over 29 days. This months power bill (using methods above) was $163 and that was using 1559 kw over 33 days. I was still upset that it was so high. I guess it's just because it's summer. I know they increase their prices then because we had a comparable month of usage back in February and the bill was only $123. Any other ideas where I can cut back??

6 Responses to “The Power Bill”

  1. JanH Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  2. Blue Eyes Says:

    I hope you had a great birthday!

  3. Ima saver Says:

    Turn off the hot water heater when you are not using it. My bill is much less than yours and I have a 3200 sq. foot house.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    My house is 3200 sq. feet and my bill was only $120.00 this month.

  5. sounderella Says:

    Yeah we've been turning it off while not using it. It says off all day while we're at work and we only turn it on to take showers or do dishes then it goes back off

  6. Livingalmostlarge Says:

    Happy belated birthday. My house is 1900 sq ft, and I used 600 kwh/month. I pay $225/month in electric alone. I pay for heating with natural gas about $250/month balanced budget.

    What is everyone doing? I have an electric washer and dryer and water heater because I live in a townhouse I have no way to install a gas dryer or water heater.

    I have 3 adults living in the townhouse. 600 kwh! We only turn on the A/C if it's raging hot, has to be 100% humidity and probably at least 90. I turn it on to 80 only to get rid of the humidity and cool us.

    We sleep with it at 80 and leave the windows open when we aren't home. Everything is CFL, but I have a low flow washer and a VERY energy efficient dryer and water heater.

    I would have a tankless if I could. Seeing how much everyone else spends on energy, makes me wonder why more people don't have front loading washers? Seems like a better investment.

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