Downsizing the Electric Bill!
November 29, 2016 6:44pm CST
Over the past several months our electric bill has been outrageous. In August it was well over $400. Well, I have the bill set up differently now. I get an update every morning via text and email, informing me how much power we used and how much money we were charged for the past 24 hours. On top of this, I have taken control of the thermostat and we have worked on cutting back every way possible. Rooms we don't use, have the vents closed and the doors closed. I go around every night and assure that everything that does not have to be left plugged up, gets unplugged. Tv's, lamps, small appliances, etc... it all gets unplugged every night. All of the lights get turned off and energy efficient night lights are used for the kids. The kids don't like being in the dark, and they don't feel that the night lights are not enough light so I got creative. We have several solar lights for the yard and we started putting them into the kid's rooms at night. They are the cheap $1 solar lights from Dollar Tree. The tops come off easily and I can sit them in their window every day to get plenty of sunlight and at night I arrange them around the rooms in mason jars! We have two chest freezers and I condensed it to one and unplugged the older one. On average, with these measures in place I have brought the bill down from $10 to $15 a night to $5 to $7 a night. This is not bad for a house that has over 3500 square feet! When it gets colder it will be very hard to maintain this but I will certainly try. I would really love to put a wood stove in our basement. I hope hubby will agree. What do you do to save money on your electric?
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• Bunbury, Australia
I think you have done really well here. Would draught stoppers along the bottoms of the doors that are shut help reduce heat loss? Our power is much, much cheaper between 9pm and 7am so I do my washing at night. But we are retired and there is just the two of us so it's much easier than if you have a family. But really - you have virtually halved your consumption! Pat yourself on the back. :)
• El Paso, Texas
I've been trying to only run the heater when it's really cold in here then I let it run until its really warm and turn it off completely. Of course it isn't nearly as cold here as what you're getting. I have no idea if this will work but I'm soon to find out when I go to pay the bill.
• El Paso, Texas
Yikes, I hate strep throat @Shellyann36 I hope all of you get well really quick. I've been doing the lemon honey drink to try to prevent those sore throats that come on unexpectedly when it gets cooler. I've finally learned to stay indoors when it starts gettin windy, seems whenever it's windy this time of year and I do the stupid and go outside I end up gettin something. I'm so glad that the monitoring helped with the bill. Mine was at $87 which is pretty high to me for this time of year, so I have to rethink what I've been doin. Lifes a beach.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
My bill for my house before I lost it and moved was outrageous and nothing I could do to cut down the bill. Now I live in an apartment and the bill doesn't hit a hundred a month and I'm loving it. That's for gas an electric.
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
We heat with wood, line dry as much as possible, and wash our dishes by hand. We have a propane instant hot water heater (we used to have an electric one), it doesn't really save us money because now we never run out of hot water (and certain of my children like long hot hot showers), we are about to switch our electric stove to a propane one so we shall see what that does to our electric bill. Of course, in the summer, it is the air conditioning that really runs it up.
• United States
@Platespinner The AC is what drives our bill up in the summer. The NC summers are bad! When the summer months roll back around I am not sure how well I will be able to manage the bill. I am going to honestly work on it though. We are discussing a wood heater for the basement and I think we will end up getting one soon.
• United States
$400 a month in the summer? Holy heck! We've had $400 a month in the coldest winter months, and that was a big shocker! In the summer, even with the a/c running around the clock we don't go much over $100. In the winter it is normally closer to $300 as the furnace and water heater are gas and are used more. This year we bought space heaters to cut down on furnace usage, and we've already had to have the furnace on for over a month.. but the space heaters are helping. We also put plastic over the windows to cut down on heat loss.I don't bother with unplugging things or any of that.. our electric doesn't seem to be too expensive, it's the gas that gets us.
• United States
a most brilliant idea with those solar lights! i'd faint if'n i'd that much house to tend, lol. 's fer savin' with the utilities? i'd need to get a divorce to tackle such. he leaves the lights'n throughout the garages 24/7, 'long with his radio. when he's home, the t.v. goes 24/7 - e'en when he's sleepin'. our propane bill's eatin' my lunch currently 's the heater runs way to oft. we've a woodburner, but no wood. add that to he's gotta 've 't 75 degrees 'n all the exterior repairs he still aint completed (been 13 months now since he started that project...) 'n 'tis a disaster.
• United States
@crazyhorseladycx I feel your pain. I come back from going to the grocery store on Friday and hubby had the heat turned up to 75 degrees. I nearly blew a gasket. Our bill jumped by $20 for the day too. The solar lights were a good idea. They work really well too.
• Marion, Kansas
Hubby does not get too involved, or worried about the bill. I would like to be doing many of the things you are. It is hard with a large family. I have seen recommendations to do that with the solar lights or to have some outside getting charged in case you ever have a power outage so you will have lights.
• Charlotte, North Carolina
We only heat the area we are in. It is difficult for some, but we enjoy the savings. The bedrooms are not heating in the day. The dining and kitchen area is mainly used during the day, so heated with a separate source. For the pets, we have an electric blanket on the dining room floor for extra comfort. It works!
• Midland, Michigan
Is your heating electric, too or not? If not that bill is quite high for electric. I turn our heat down to 65 at night and when the sun is shining in the winter, I might not turn it up or not much even when I'm home. If everyone is working I don't turn it up and let the first person home do that instead. My husband is the one that keeps lights on all day long, once he leaves I turn them off again. I'm trying to train him, but it's a slow process. Our electric has never been above one hundred, but that's still a lot when we have gas heat and not air conditioning. It's higher in the summer months when my husband runs a floor fan all day long. Now that he's working more it may get a little better. Somehow, our gas bill has been staying low so far, but if this colder weather persists I'm sure it will go back up where I don't like it.