Here in PA, we're ever so fortunate (sarcasm) to be headed into a new era deregulated electricity. Our utility provider (PPL Electric) has announced that they expect most residential electric bills such as ours to rise about 30%-32%! Somehow, this is supposed to be a help to our electricity cost. We've not figured that out … Continue reading Tips for reducing your electric bill by up to 30%
Many people might not think to look at their showers as being a source of potential energy and cost savings. That's unfortunate, because there's money to be saved in the shower along with natural resources too. Consider the following scenario: Here's the simple math for a family of four each taking a 7 minute with … Continue reading Why water-saving shower heads are a good investment
When we moved into our house years ago, we had no idea that we had a root cellar. From our point of view, we had a wet, nasty closet area off our foundation that needed to be cleaned up and made to stop leaking. Needless to say, as we came to understand the value of … Continue reading Finishing the Root Cellar
All the parts and pieces finally fell into place for us to setup our Chest Freezer as a Fridge. For those new to this thread, we had purchased a new Energy Star Chest Freezer from Lowes, an external Thermostat Control from Amazon, and put them together to have a super-efficient refrigerator. We hooked the thermostat … Continue reading First Days with the Chest Freezer as Fridge
We're Saving About $135/yr As I've been researching ways to reduce power consumption, I've been measuring the annual power use of each appliance in my house (see my post on the Kill-A-Watt for details). When I measured my refrigerator, I found that it used 2.17 Kwh in just 13:22. That means that at our average … Continue reading Reduce Refrigeration Power Consumption up to 95%!
Like most people, I used to spend much time cursing the senders of junk mail under my breath as I journey back from my mailbox. That is, until I realized the value of junk mail as a gardener. Junk mail is primarily paper. Paper is a carbon, and carbon my friend is a key ingredient … Continue reading Why I love Junkmail!
I spent some time today using our utility company's online self-help portal to determine some areas of cost saving measures. Without a doubt, heating and cooling is the #1 area of energy use in our home - and probably most homes. Some of their tools show a savings of up to 20% by fixing areas … Continue reading Audit Heat/Cooling Loss to save up to 20% on heating and cooling cost?
A few months ago, I purchased a P3 International P4460 Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor! This nifty device allows you to see what kind of electricity your plugged-in appliances use. Simply plug the Kill-A-Watt into the your outlet and your appliance into the Kill-A-Watt and let it sit. It will show you the … Continue reading Audit your own electricity usage for $35
Recently, one of our showerheads broke. In shopping for a new one, I wanted to find a new showerhead that met several criteria: Affordable (no $100 showerheads for our family!) Energy Efficient (water conservation saves water and heating energy) Flexible - I am a tall guy, and we also have little ones. We need something … Continue reading Money and Water Saving Showerheads
Possible Savings: $700-$1,000/Yr. Okay, this isn't new for us. We've been off of cable for years. However, I often wonder why people hang on to cable bills in desparate times. According to Comcast.com, the main cable provider around here, their cable packages are between $58.70 and $114.90 per month. That's $704.40 and $1378.80 per year … Continue reading Give yourself a raise – cut the cable