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…
Is it spring yet? 🙂