Posted on | August 7, 2012 | No Comments
Wow, our electric bill was topping out at $100 a month (likely because we have a very small and very old 10’ by 55’ tiny dinky house… Yeah, I did say 10 feet by 55 feet. I wasn’t miss typing that.. It is supposed to be temporary.. and that is another story entirely on it’s own.. Anyway. Last month our bill was $125.. Nearly made me faint but I was expecting it because of course, the heat was horrendous.
Well, we tightened the belt and sat in some warmer weather and didn’t turn down the stat a few days and sat it out in the heat.. Or SO I thought we did.. Got the bill yesterday.. Oh, by the way, did I mention that today is my Birthday? yeah. My 42nd.. Yeah..
IT WAS $136.. WHAT????? HOW ???? WHY????? GEEEEEZZ LOUIZZZZ.!!!!.. Okay folks… TIME to BUCKLE DOWN.. I MEAN IT… MOMMA MEANZ IT NOW….
SO how is yours been going??? any horror stories?? I know we can’t handle it so easy.. No income coming in, we are quite literally Struggling to make Ends meet so this is a hard challenge for us.. How about you?
What you can do to lower your bills today.
Set temperature limits. Set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees in the summer. Consider ceiling fans and a whole-house fan instead of air-conditioning―they use a lot less electricity. Cut cooling costs. Set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees in the summer. Consider ceiling fans and a whole-house fan instead of air-conditioning―they use a lot less electricity.
Harness the power of nature. If you don’t already have some, Plant trees and bushes on the north side of your house to insulate against winter winds and on the south side to enjoy shade in the summer. And we understand that you love your Natural sunlight coming in, but it could be costing you a lot of unnecessary extra electricity, use your curtains: when it’s cold but sunny out, open the curtains to let the sun warm the room. Keep them closed in the summer to cool rooms from the sun. Be smart, maybe you can keep your curtains open til noon which is when the sun really starts to warm up the house so that you can still enjoy some of the natural light it provides, replace your light bulbs with Low E light bulbs so your not using up a ton of Electricity too. Garden to insulate. Plant trees and bushes on your house’s north side to keep winter winds at bay and on the south side for summer shade.
Seal drafts. Use caulk and weather-stripping to prevent air leaks around windows and doors. It’s a small investment that pays for itself many times over.
Replace your filters. Clean or replace furnace, air conditioner and heat-pump filters regularly to keep the units running efficiently.
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