Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Monthly Energy Costs

Here are the results of the poll for Summer monthly energy costs:

$0-35
2 (9%)
$35-45
0 (0%)
$45-60
1 (4%)
$60-80
1 (4%)
$80 and above
17 (80%)

We can see that the majority spends $80 a month during the Summer months on energy costs. Of course this wasn't based on whether you live in an apartment or house or even square footage. What I was trying to get a view of was if most people spent $80 or more.

We have 1400 square foot home and our energy costs are at the most - $60 a month. It used to be higher when we lived in a smaller, 700sq foot, 2 bedroom apartment believe it or not! I have found many things to do to save electricity and also moving into a place that is very well lit, saves on having to use the lights during the day! Here some things that we do to save on energy costs:

  • Switch your light bulbs to the new energy saving bulbs. We did this a long time ago and noticed the difference in energy costs!
  • Don't use lights during the day. We have skylights and they really do light up the house! I have 2 in my kitchen and never have to use the lights during the day (except the stove light). We then have one in our bathroom and once again, we don't have to use the lights in there during the day.
  • Hang your clothes to dry. I hang my delicates/dress clothes on my shower rod. You can hang your towels, linens, and other clothes outside to dry if you wish. I do use the dryer for those because our landlord will not allow a clothes line attached to the storage buildings and I haven't bought the free standing one yet.
  • Don't run the dishwasher unless its full. I only run my dishwasher 3-4 times a week, sometimes not even that much. I wait until its full before starting a wash most of the time. You can keep one side of the sink half full of hot water and soap to wash dishes throughout the day. I find that it stays warm for several hours if you start it with very hot water. Constantly filling up your sink - washing dishes and then draining it and doing it all over again all day will use more hot water, which will use more energy for your water heater. Also, cold water can wash not too dirty dishes. If you are worried about germs from not using hot scolding water to wash your dishes, then simply add a cap full of Clorox to your dishwater in the sink. Also, run the dishwasher at night when energy is cheaper - same goes for the washer/dryer although I don't practice that I know it would save us even more if I did! ;)
  • Unplug chargers and electronics when not in use. Even if you are not charging your phone, ipod, etc - the charging unit still draws some sort of energy from the outlet.
  • This is for the winter months - we keep our thermostat set at 66. 65 is the optimal sleeping temperature, so keeping it on 66 is what we have found works for us and saves energy than when we used to keep it at 69.
  • In the Winter do your baking/oven use in the mornings to warm the house up and then in the Summer do it in the evenings.
That is all I could think of right now, my memory may remind me of more later on and I will add them.

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11 comments:

mary said...

I think our highest electricity usage in our AC. It gets over 100 here in the summer, so it's going all day.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks for the comment Mary!

I forgot to mention that! We normally have our AC on all day and most of the night on full blast and high lol. However it normally is 70-85 here but some days it has gotten up higher than that. I like it cool! :)

Bev

REAL ME said...

Oue bill is around 160.00 a month for a 1600 square foot. We use NO LIGHTS during the day. We only use little light at night. (basically what room we are in that is it) We don't over do our air temps or heater temps. Our winter bills can be higher because it often gets around 10 degrees with very bad wind chill in the winter. But we have had rate increase, after rate increase. There is a investigation going on with our electric company by the state. hmmmm?

I just read about unplugging things that aren't in use. They call it vampire energy. (Hmm? :()
I need to unplug a lot.

twocans1 said...

I also know that it is more "energy efficient" to run your washer and dryer in the evenings, as opposed to the daytime. (That's per the electric company)

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks for the comments Real Me and Twocans! :)

Twocans - that is something else I forgot to put in the post too! Although I don't practice that with the washer/dryer, I do with the dishwasher most of the time. Thanks!

Bev

Candy-Faith said...

Great tips...we do every one of those too. It does help. Every bit helps!
:)

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks Candy! :) ~Bev

Crissy said...

I participated in the poll, but I was very surprised that your numbers did not go higher. Our electric bill last month was $350. That is about normal for us and for this area. We live in a 3 level townhouse with about 1900sq ft. Having said that, we do consume a lot of power but we do take measures to reduce our usage!

Christian Homekeeper said...

WOWzer! Now that is some expensive electricity! Do you have electric and gas? We get Tacoma Power but I do know some down the road have to use Puget Sound Energy and PSE is soooo expensive - we have heard stories! So I suppose we are lucky to have always had TP while we have lived here. We also have all electric, no gas. I always have our computers on most of the time, so they are running all day and I think that is the biggest energy grabber besides the fridge.

Thanks for the comment Crissy! :)

Bev

Mary Q Contrarie said...

I air dry all my clothes on clothes drying racks I haven't used my dryer for two years. Saves me between 6 and 10% on my electric bill.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks for the tip Mary! :) ~Bev

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