During the summer, I kept the thermostat at 80 during the day and 74 at night. On days that weren't so humid, and especially in the spring and fall, I simply turned off the thermostat altogether and opened the windows! Before it began to cool down outside, I shut the windows and trapped in the heat for the night. For instance, the month of May was so nice last year that we only used 860 Kilowatt Hours.
The other day, I pulled out my electric bill and I took a good look at it. Did you know that there are three different rates you pay for the same exact electricity? They are categorized as Peak, Intermediate-Peak, and Off-Peak hours of use.
Curious, I called my electric company and they were kind enough to give me the different hours/rates for my area*:
Peak Usage (0.086/kwh) - Monday-Friday, 12:00 Noon - 8:00PM
Intermediate Peak Usage (0.083/kwh) - Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, 8:00 PM - 12:00 Midnight
Off-Peak Usage (0.079/kwh) - Monday-Friday, 12:00 Midnight - 8:00 AM, Weekends & Holidays
*Peak hours/rates may be different in your area, so give your provider a call to verify.
Here's my 10 Point Plan to Save on Electricity:
1. Take all showers before 8:00 AM
2. Do the laundry before 8:00 AM or on the Weekend
3. Run the dishwasher when I wake up at 6:30 AM instead of after dinner at 6:00 PM
4. Do any baking/freezer cooking on the Weekends
5. Keep all upstairs doors shut - the heat just flies out of those rooms.
6. Turn off any lights/appliances when not in use, especially the TV!
7. After 4:00 PM, use the fireplace to supplement the furnace. Turn on the air circulator/fans to spread the warm air through the house.
8. Turn the thermostat to 65 between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM, wear extra sweater/slippers inside.
9. Turn the thermostat to 67 between 5:00 PM and 7:00 AM, put flannel sheets & extra blankets on beds.
10. Open the drapes at first light and shut them at sundown.
**I'll follow up this post in a month to see if there was any savings!**
Meantime, please share some of YOUR ideas, no matter how stingy they seem, to save money on electricity. The more comments, the better!
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