Saving $ on Electricity

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Now that I’m recovering from our $718 electric bill from last month (aside from minor sporadic twitches when I hear the heat pump running…),  I thought I’d share a few ideas:

If you’re struggling with electric costs, consider the following:

1.)          Maintain a steady temp on programmable thermostat.

2.)          Install an insulated water heater blanket.

3.)          Install weather stripping around all exterior doors.

4.)          Unplug appliances when not in use. (phantom electricity)

5.)          Turn off lights, t.v.’s, radios when leaving a room.

6.)          Limit opening exterior doors to preserve inside temp.

7.)          Limit use of portable heaters.

8.)          Open oven after use to heat the room.  (if you don’t have little ones)

9.)          Clear snow/ice off outside heat pump/heat unit.

10.)       Close doors to unused rooms.

11.)       Wash laundry in cold water.

12.)       Take short showers.

…  One of our greatest challenges is that our family is at home throughout any given day.  We homeschool, so we’re home much of the time, naturally.  My husband works from home most days too.  So, we have  computers, DVD players, lights, etc.  going seemingly round the clock.  That’s just the reality of it.  We try to be as frugal as possible, but the challenges of this extreme winter have surpassed our skills in frugality by a long shot.

We do have a propane gas fireplace, which is a huge help.  Without it, our last electric bill would have easily been closer to $1,000.00, which would have been unacceptable.

Even my 77 year old father said that he does not recall us having such a bitter winter in many years, if ever.  I think everyone around here agrees.

This bitter winter has really taken a huge bite out of our budget, and likely yours as well.  I’d love to hear any cost saving tips that have helped you and your family with the electric bill.  Please share.  I’ll go put on the kettle for a cup of hot tea…

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Is it spring yet?  🙂

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4 responses to “Saving $ on Electricity

  1. sarahlearichards

    You must live up North! Wow, that’s a humdinger of an energy bill! Does your laundry get as clean in cold water? The leaving the oven open after use is a good idea.

    • Yes, it’s really hard to digest! (kind of throws off the budget in a big way!) You know, I’ve been washing in cold water only for years & our clothes get very clean! Winter is also a good time of year to run the “self clean” cycle on your oven. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Valerie

    Ouch! This winter has been rough. O_O
    My husband switched our light bulbs to those energy-saving ones a number of years ago, and we use mostly rechargeable batteries. 🙂 In the spring, I like hanging the clothes outside on the line to dry too, instead of using the dryer.

    • Yes, it’s been a bitter winter! I’ll be glad to say goodbye! Those are all great ideas! We hang a lot of our clothes (to prevent shrinkage) throughout the year on a shower rod installed in our laundry room, and I just run towels and small loads in the dryer. Our dryer has this neat feature that senses when the load is dry and turns off. We do have a small clothesline outside that I may utilize this spring. 😉

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