Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Phew! Now THAT's a relief!!
I've been anxiously awaiting my next electric bill, and as was able to finally see it on line tonight. Last month (effective Aug 1), we moved into this new rental. While I felt that there wasn't anything glaringly different in this house, electric use wise, I was beyond frustrated and perplexed at that bill. Typically, my then family of 4 would use under 700 kilowatts of electricity a month. Last month-1669! Ack! the associated bill almost made me faint.
What we did:
-no use of window A/c
-no use of whole house fan
-extra vigilent about lights, even though it is now darker in the morning and at night, day light is definately shorter
-continued prudent use of electicity for cooking (alternative, smaller appliances when able to; bulk cooking/baking in oven when in use, microwave heating up)
-significantly reduced electric dryer use, also moving the heat setting from high heat to normal setting. I only use the dryer for towels. Everything else is hung up
-continue to wash laundry in cold water, except for towels (warm) -multiple loads/week, one load whites (also in warm)
-moved to energy setting on dish washer, and continue to use air dry feature
SOOOO happy that we are back to "normal" even with having added 2 people to the house.