Well it seems winter is the time that we focus more on being frugal here at the homestead. Since the woodstoves are burning 24/7 we try to make the most of it. We have turned our water heater down to the lowest setting and only turn it up to cycle one time when we want a shower. All the dish water and whatnot is being heated on the woodstove. Every meal now is cooked on the antique Crawford. I'm anxious to see what difference it makes in our electric bill. I'll make an update in the end of January when the bill comes in.
Post by patricimo54 on Dec 27, 2010 21:17:25 GMT -5
Sounds good. Looking forward to your results.
Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every living creature that moves on the ground. Genesis 1:28 The Lord God used animal skins and made some clothes for the man and his wife. Then he put the clothes on them. Genesis 3:21So take your bow and arrows and go hunting and kill an animal for me to eat. Genesis 27:3
Well the power bill dropped a little more last month. We'd be golden if it weren't for the extra fees and taxes. Here's the breakdown for February.
Basic service not including usage: 16.21 Delivery: 5.99 Delivery adjustment: 1.68 Incr State assessment: 0.37 SBC/RPS: .067 Transmission Rev adj: 0.13 Tariff surcharge: 0.51 sales tax: 0.77 Usage: 6.79 Merchant function: 0.22 Sales tax on usage: 0.21 ______________________
total bill for Feb: 33.55 Actual usage for Febraury: 6.79 total in bulls**t charges: 26.76
Now we have a full size upright freezer going and a full sized fridge. electric lights and the ceiling fan running 24/7 and we only bruned 6.79 worth of electricity during the whole month of Feb.
That just goes to show what eliminating the standby power can do for your power bill. There is nothing in this house suckng power when not being used. No porch lights on when everyone's inside or any other forms of wasting power. Since we consume less than 10 dollars worth of power in a month I don't think we'll require too much investing when we build our solar system. ;D
Jc do you have everything set up on power strips and turn on when in use and off when not in use!
Yes, the TV & VCR and the Bose stereo are on power strips. I have no microwave or need for one. There's never a light on where I don't need it and I don't waste money on crap like call waiting and caller ID. All our computers are laptops that don't use much power. We don't walk around in the dark here or go without, I just eliminate the senseless spending. Like I said before, saving on some things allows you to splurge on others. Do you know that it's a proven fact that a microwave will eat more power in a year when it's sitting in standby that it does during actual cooking time (in an average home) during a years time. Pretty crazy.
I'll take my 1902 Crawford over a microwave anyday.
When I put my Bose on a power strip my electric bill dropped 4 bucks in a month. Some folks won't go through the fuss of flipping the switch on the power strip for 4 bucks, but I can buy a whole chicken and a can of tuna with 4 bucks. In a years time that ads up to quite a bit of extra food on the table just for flipping a switch.
People leave lights on and say, "that bulb don't burn enough electricity to worry about" and maybe it don't but that bulb, and that clock on the heater, and clock on the stove, and clock on the microwave and everything else that has a clock on it, and standby powered this and thats are all sucking power, but seeing that it's "a little" power, nobody gives a rats a** and money gets pissed away when it could be buying chickens. When people get talking finances with me the first thing I say is "never ignore the little things" Little earnings on top of little savings can really add up. If you can save 10 bucks on your power bill by adding a power strip, and earn 10 bucks by paying your monthly bills with a rewards card, then you just earned 20 bucks. 20 bucks x 12 months = 240.00 x 3.00 chickens = 80 whole chickens in your freezer just by being frugal. Food for thought ;D
I know this post is old but just wanted to say I think the same way about "the little things", JC. We paid cash for our 76 acres simply by keeping the "little things" in check... It really does pay off and senseless waste is so unnecessary anyway.
Some good common sense thinking about reducing power cost. We always unplug our microwave and other items when not in use. Highest power rates in Canada here in Nova Scotia. The small things do make a difference.
Got me to thinking. Wonder about switching the circuits for a whole room or at least most of the outlets.....
Im sure it wouldn't be to code and would have to be done AFTER the final inspection....
basically the powersucking little transformers, clocks/lights etc.... would be OFF until you came into the room. Then have one "master" switch to energize the room, and your normal switches for lights etc...
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I read this thread, or one of JC's on power/electric last spring sometime before we bought a house and moved. When we moved I had the electric hooked up and asked for an average for gas and electric as it's from the same company, they said $190 a month. In my head I was thinking that's nuts.
I took JC's advice here and in the other thread and put it to use. I still have some things I need to be better about, but our bills have been almost half the average price they quoted me for the previous owners. Thanks JC!
I upgraded my main refrigerator,freezer,and secondary refrigerator alone with replacing all the light bulbs with the new CF lights and save $40.00 bucks a month. Not bad saving $480.00 a year in electricity soon all the upgrades will be paid for.