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Old 02-25-2002, 01:21 PM
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Lightbulb Saving on energy bills

Post your bill amounts each month, then discuss how well we do lowering them. I'll start.

Gas
January: $227.50
February: $97.27



Electricity
January: $76.65
February: $51.99



This is mostly thanks to the warm spell we've been having, and our decision to leave the thermostat at 65 degrees come heck or high water.

How are the rest of you doing?
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Old 02-25-2002, 03:42 PM
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Electricity
January $40.00
February $32.43

Propane
$340.00 to get tank and have it filled(which was September 18th and it has not been filled since)

I only do full loads of laundry and I have the lights or tv turned off whenever we leave a room.Also I use a extra blanket when colder or layer clothes.Only use propane when needed.Pull up shades during the day to let the sun shine in and save turning on lights.
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Old 02-25-2002, 06:26 PM
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Ewww do I have to do this?

Current Bills:
Electricity- $ 93.00 (gasp)
Propane- $ 262.01 (just had tank filled, used for heating and cooking only, usually lasts til Late Spring/Early Summer)

Last Month:
Electricity- $87.00 (gasp) I'm going the wrong way!
Propane- $0.00 (bought 100 gals in Nov. $137.41)

Okay I'm totally embarrassed...we are ENERGY HOGS!
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Old 02-25-2002, 08:20 PM
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FYI...

I'd like to set the record straight right now by saying that this challenge is not my original idea, nor have I ever claimed that it is.

I borrowed the idea from another board who in their turn borrowed the idea (for this challenge and other challenges) from Amy Dacyczyn's Tightwad Gazette Books.

Hope this clears up any ambiguity.
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Old 02-26-2002, 03:07 AM
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I'd like to set the record straight right now by saying that this challenge is not my original idea, nor have I ever claimed that it is.
justGina, I love the idea of an energy challenge (or any challenge for that matter). I was referring to myself and the 3 little piggies I live with as Energy Hogs!

I guess I'm one of those people who just hates to have to look at it in Black and White!(Kind of like the credit card debt I refuse to believe is sooo high). I think this what you call a clear case of denial on my part!

I'm hoping with all of you here as role models I can lower those power bills!
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Old 02-26-2002, 04:28 AM
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I have changed the title of this thread to remove the phrase "Energy Savings Challenge" due to its prior use on the Frugal Moms website.
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Old 02-26-2002, 04:28 AM
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Ok, I'm game! Lets see...

Gas

January- $35.00
Feb- $48.00--Wrong direction! But I gave up hanging my clothes, they were taking forever too dry and my laundry was soooo backed up!
But I am still paying on last years bill! So actually payment is around 70-80 dollars. But once HEAP kicks in I should be caught up!

Elec-
Jan- $22.00
Feb- $32.00- This bill actually reflects the elec. used in late Dec-middle of Jan when it was pretty cold.
I live in a small town that generates its own electricity. Which is why my electricity is soooo low, even though I now heat with elctricity.

After last years gas bill, we decided we had too make some changes! So we decided since elec. is cheap too try and heat with it and it has worked out great! We live in second floor apt. and neighbot below us keeps their place warm. So most of the time I run a space heater in living room during the day and nothing at night. And even at night I don't think my temperature has ever dropped below 60, even when it was really cold out! I have a couple of other space heaters but rarely need too use them. I was shocked when I realized how much gas we used last year too heat that we wouldn't have had too. We have all learned too just wear a sweater. My kids are so used too cooler temperatures inside now, that when we go too my mothers who is ususally in the mid 70's they both complain they are hot and they sweat!

Water-
Jan- 32.
Feb 40.
This is really high! Elec is cheap here, water is extremely high! And I can't really cut back, because the whole house gets one bill which we split down the middle. We each have 2 adults and 2 kids. And even is I cut back I have no control over how much water they use.

Thats mine!
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Old 02-28-2002, 12:30 AM
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I would rather see ways to cut your bills instead of the amounts you are paying on your bills.

Anyone care to share some ways to but the energy bills?
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Old 02-28-2002, 03:37 AM
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I try to run the dishwasher at the end of the day after supper. I am always shutting lights off when no one is in that room, tv off unless my ds is watching a show. I am really bad about doing laundry though. I do about 3 loads a day!


Does anyone every shut their computer off? Or do you leave it on?


My electric bill is so so.I think everyones bill has gone up!
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Old 02-28-2002, 03:50 AM
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Dawn,

We have several computer in our home mainly due to my dh career. All the computers but one are shut off unless being used. The only way the one is shut down is when we will be out for several hours or more.

As for savings, we too shut lights and tv's when not is use.

Laundry, argh.... I am also bad, it seems like I always have laundry to do. One thing is I make sure that I have full loads to wash. I used to do laundry everyday (and sometimes still do) but I try to do it every other day (does not always work).

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You can also save energy by placing draft gurads by the doors and window sills.

Try lowering the temperature by one degree on the thermostat, that really does save.

When brushing your teeth, shut the water until you really need it.

Take shorter showers. ALso install energy/water saving shower heads.

Make sure you have a full load in the dishwasher before running it.

There are just a few ways to save.

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