Yikes. We moved in November and got our first full power bill today at our new place. Granted, it's electric heat with not-so-brand-new appliances, but for 2 months the grand total was $716.46. The power company was so kind to explain, "well, the majority of the usage time occurred after the rate increase." Oh well, sorry to continue using power after you increased the price by 10%.
So I'm on a conserving energy kick. Here's my list so far:
- Turning the power bars off when the computer and TV are not in use.
- Break out the slippers and housecoats! Body heat is cheaper than electricity. haha
- It's hard during Canadian winters, but I'm hanging laundry out on the line during sunny days. This will happen more as the weather improves.
- Everything is washed with cold water other than the baby's diapers.
- When I use the clothes dryer, I'm giving things 40 minutes on medium heat. If it's not dry, tough luck, it gets hung up somewhere.
- Using natural light. I'm opening blinds and curtains during the day, it's also good for chasing away the winter blahs. However, once the sun is down, I close them up to keep heat from escaping.
- Short showers.
- I've been taking note of things that are always plugged in and if they don't need to be.. I unplug them.
- Letting my hair dry on its own. My hair will thank me for this anyway.
- I need to fix a tap in the bathroom that's leaking hot water.
Any other suggestions? Anyone have $700 they're looking to give away? haha