My electric bill is consistently over $100 monthly

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United States
May 25, 2007 8:45pm CST
And, I am desperate to get my bill lower. What are your best tips to save money on electric. I have tried keeping the lights off in rooms that we are not using. But, it hasn't made a signifigant difference.
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@callarse1 (4794)
• United States
27 May 07
Actually I think that is pretty cheap. If you are running an air conditioner, considering not running it. In fact, they use a lot of electric so you could use fans. Buy florescent light bulbs. I believe they cost 20 USD for a pack of three. Okay, don't go crazy, but we bought some about 4 years ago, and we have them in various lights (that take the regular light bulbs) and we haven't had to change them ever since. Also, they use less electric and let off less heat in your house. Make sure that your appliances have the Energy Star on them. If they don't, then they may be using a lot of electricity. You may want to consider buying appliances that are Energy Star compliant. If you use your computer, turn it off (or put it on standby) when you aren't using it. It will use a lot of electric when it's on. If you aren't in a room turn the lights off, if you have people living in your house tell them to turn off the electric (lights, computer, or various other items) that they aren't using. Oh yes, I forgot to mention. If you are not using your TV for many times, unplug it. We have one room in our house we have a TV, but use it only about 5 times or so a year. If it's plugged in, it is still using electricity, so you may want to unplug appliances that you hardly ever use. Have a nice day Pablo
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• United States
29 May 07
I think I'm guilty of not having energy efficient bulbs or appliances. My stuff is old, like from the 1970's and 1980's. So, they're real energy monsters. Thanks also for the tip on unplugging stuff. I had no idea that things still used energy that way. I tried that idea last night. I think it's something I'll do more often. Thanks for all the useful ideas. I'm sure they'll save me a lot of money. Come back anytime to post. Would love to hear more of your ideas!
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• Hong Kong
26 May 07
Oh wow! My electricity bill is tiny if the air-conditioner is not on because I live alone and most of the day I am at work, the only time I switch on lights and stuff in my place would be at night time. I would really recommend switching on less lights when you are around. Don't even use any lights if you can see in the morning or afternoon. Also, turn off the TV completely instead of using the remote to switch it off (that would save bunches). It also depends on how many people live in your place, when my mom comes back, the bill is usually higher because she has to do stuff around the house and she uses a lot of lights. I think you can tell your family members to switch everything off if it's not necessary. I only use the air con during weekends too because I want to save my bills. You can turn on the air on for a few hours and then switch it off when the rooms are cool. It works too!
• United States
29 May 07
Lots of good ideas. I am constantly having to remind my daughter to turn off lights. She just runs around the house turning everything on. :)
• United States
26 May 07
Yep, I have the same problem. Every month my bill goes up, and I can't figure out why! Sure, I've unplugged all the chargers, the stereo system, the "Glade Plug-Ins", I turn off my monitor and computer speakers, and the printers, and the lights, and STILL my bill is horrendous. I don't use the stove that much, and my dishwasher only once or twice in a week. I think it's my old refrigerator! I live in an apartment where they supply the air conditioners, dishwasher, stove and refrigerator. I think their old junk is sucking up all the power. I'm continually checking the fridge to make sure that it's not constantly running! I've even put a Velcro strap on my freezer, so that once it's closed, it gets really tightly sealed. We used to have a problem with it not closing completely, so I fixed that up right away. I do need to go to a flat panel monitor - it would save a lot of juice. These "free models" that we find on the side of the road are just not energy efficient. Uhhh...mine even has an "Energy Star" sticker on it, but it's still too much electricity for me. We've switched most of the lights in our apartment to the new florescents - and even that has not cut down on our bill. I'm at my wits end with paying high energy bills. Someday I'm going to have a house, and when I do, you can bet that I'm going to install six gigantic solar panels on the roof, and sell my power right back to LIPA! I'll get them for all these years of robbing me blind. Grrrrrrrr!
• United States
27 May 07
When you said that about the fridge, a little light bulb went on in my head! :) No really. We have one of those double door fridges, that looks huge from the outside but really stores next to nothing. And, I've noticed that it does seem to run a lot. I tried turning it down some and it completely defrosted on my floor. A real hazard. I have a mini-fridge in storage (not the super tiny kind, more the size you would use in a dorm room) and I am thinking about bringing that out to use. And, just unplugging the big one for awhile. At least until the bill comes down. Now just got to get the big one defrosted and unplugged. Thanks for taking the time to post so many wonderful and useful comments.
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@LRB1111 (356)
• United States
26 May 07
There are several things you can do to cut down on electricity costs, depending on your situation. I found a message board with a LOT of great tips. "http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf712623.tip.html" Hope this helps!
• United States
29 May 07
I'll check out the link. Thanks!
• United States
27 May 07
I wish I could get a bill this low. I have to sacrifice food for ac usage. I am not sure about others . I am speaking for myself her. This was told to me by someone who is faithful at it. When I am not using my tv,stereo etc. it gets unplugged from the wall. When I am out of my home for over an hour. I unplug my fridge,it keeps freezing cold because no one is there to open it. I have also switched 2 of the round bulbs for the swirl ones. I have noticed up to a 36$ drop in my bill doing this. it's funny because if I am in the front of my house just talking and stuff. I turn off my entire breaker. I wash 3 loads in one day on the lowest cycle. making sure it is full. I sleep with my ac on at night so I open both doors for free air in the day time. I use no lights,I open all curtains.
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• United States
29 May 07
All fantastic ideas! And you are doing such a fantastic job of economizing, too. I have been both with money and without a lot of money. And, found that I actually ended up saving more money just by being frugal! Even if I had extra income. I will try the swirl bulb idea. I would love to save $36 on my light bill. It's going to be a bear this summer!
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• United States
30 May 07
I moved my bed right under the ceiling fan last night. I slept without the air one the entire night. I will give it a try again to night. The only thing it costs is the moving of the twin bed. My daughter slept on a twin mattress right next to me. I hoe this can continue so I can shut the breaker all night. saving even more money. Good luck
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• United States
30 May 07
That is one of the most clever ideas I've heard today for saving money. I'm going to see if I can get my husband to install a cieling fan before summer really hits here. The heat is brutal. During the summer time, our bill is closer to $200. But,right now where we live it's only about $100 during spring time. So, I'll be using all of these tips during the next couple months to shave precious dollars off the expenses.
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@Norstar (695)
• India
29 May 07
I have given a detailed suggestion in reply to a similar question. The highlights are here: a) Use Compact Fluorescence Lamps instead of normal filament bulbs b) Use table lamp instead of room lights c) Get your refrigerator cheched; its door rubber might have been damaged or the door may be out of alignment, causing leakage of heat
• United States
29 May 07
Yes, I do believe that the refridgerator door rubber is damaged at the bottom. I didn't know that could cost me money though. Thanks for the tip. Do you have the link to your other post, so I can go check it out. Would love to hear more of your ideas.
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@Norstar (695)
• India
31 May 07
Hi! I am glad that you found one culprit. By now, I am eligible to copy and paste . So, I am copying the contents that I had posted on the other site: Resources like drinking water and electricity are to be conserved. I am very particular about implementing certain rules to achieve conservation of these. They are as follows: Water: a) Do not ever leave tap open when no one is around, b) Open a tap only as much as required, c) Use shower for bath instead of tub, d) Use front door opening washing machine as compared to top loading and bucket wash, e) Use drip irrigation technique for watering plants, f) Do rain water harvesting Electricity: a) Use Compact Fluorescence Lights instead of ordinary filament bulbs, b) Do not leave lights and other equipment 'ON' when no one is around or when they are not needed, c) Use solar water heater for heating bulk of the water for bathing, pre cooking, washing and other purposes (this equipment is pollution free, rugged and saves a large amount of electricity), f) Use as less electricity as possible for cooking (use more of gas), g) Use table lamp for reading rather than romm lights The link is: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1110767.aspx I hope it helps.
@maehan (1445)
• United States
29 May 07
I can understand that. It also depend the size of your house and numbers of rooms. Use of heater, aircon, cooking and washing dishes with running warm water are all the main cause of electicity. For my case, I cook three meals a day. Thus, most of the electric bill goes to cooking. I do not on the heater neither aircon. I uses fans when the weather is hot and put on thick clothing instead of heater.
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• United States
29 May 07
We used to have ceiling fans in our other home and that saved us lots of money. I'll have to see about getting something similar installed. Thanks for your ideas. Would love to hear some more of your money saving tips.
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• United States
27 May 07
My dad is an electrician and he tell people that they should switch all their lightbulbs to the energy saving ones. You know those one that are like a swirl shape instead of the normal ones. I'll ask him for some more.
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• United States
29 May 07
I haven't tried this idea, but I hear it really does work. I'll put it on my shopping list for grocery day. Thanks for dropping by.
• United States
26 May 07
Depending on where you live, that may be the norm for electric bills. I just moved out of Illinois, where EVERYONE was seeing major rate hikes after the beginning of the new year. Even without running our AC, the electric bill was close to $100 a month. As for tips on how to lower your bill, if you do need to use the air conditioning in the summer time (or the heat in the winter time), it's important to make sure that your house is well insulated and doesn't have any leaky windows or doors. Also, be sure to shut down any electronic items that you aren't using--computers, DVD players, etc. If you have any chargers, for example, a cell phone charger, be sure to unplug it after your items are charged. These may be minor uses of electricity, but every little bit helps!
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• United States
27 May 07
I have noticed that my home does seem to be a little less than air tight. It seems that some rooms are colder than others too. So, maybe it does have something to do with the insulation as you mentioned. And, you're right. Every little bit does help when it comes to saving money. Thanks for your ideas.
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• United States
26 May 07
Actually that isn't too bad of a bill for electric. When I was living in a duplex with my boyfriend ours averaged at $120 per month, my parents have a good size house theres are over $200 a month! There are many things that do suck up a lot of electricity, do you have 2 refriderators? setting your ac at I think 77 or 78 degrees helps, computers, tvs, washing machines and such. My boyfriend has so much tv and stereo equipment, dvd players and electronical things that sucks up a lot too.
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• United States
29 May 07
I know what you mean. My best friend and her family spend about $200 monthly too. And, she says that I complain too much. I guess I do need to be a bit more proactive when it comes to conserving power. I think we run both TV's, the computer, and several air conditioners at one time. I guess we're lucky that we don't pay more.
@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
31 May 07
In the summer months, we need our air conditoner because it is so very hot here. To offset the use of the air conditioner, I take a lot of my clothing outside and dry them over the backs of our lawn chairs! I also bought a wooden clothes rack to set up and dry undies and things on. We save a great deal when I don't dry a lot in the dryer. Towels take forever in the dryer, so I put them over the backs of the chairs. They are often dry in an hour outside! We cook almost daily in the crock pot so that we aren't using the stove/oven as much. We put a timer in the bathroom ....so our two teens would stop their showers at 7 minutes! They would stay in the hot shower indefinitely I believe!