So…we have electric central heating. Dumbest thing ever. You should see the meter spin when the heater is running. In the winter it drives our electric bill from $60/month to $360. Last January our bill was $626. Yep. Innnnnn-sane.
Something had to change.
So I went on an energy-saving crusade:
- I started unplugging appliances (like the coffee pot) and electronics (like the entertainment center) at night
- I bought a space heater that uses as much juice as a toaster
- We put on a sweatshirt before we turn on the heater
- Denette made draft dodgers (She’s writing a how-to post)
Our electric bill dropped from $343 to $141 in the first month.
Then our electric dryer broke. Now I’m keenly awaiting our next bill to see how much that has managed to knock off.
You know what’s cool? Realizing just how much control I have over my conditions. I can, if I choose, save significant amounts of money by making small lifestyle changes. Okay, the dryer/clothesline switch is a BIG lifestyle change. But the others are not. The others are simple and straightforward. And an immediate boost to the budget.
Now, what to do with the extra $? Debt reduction or Hawai’i? Hmmmmmm…