The All Mighty Kilowatt

by James & Miel on May 10, 2007 · 0 comments

I recently heard about an Irish company called Stoern which claims to have discovered a method of producing limitless, renewable clean energy. If these guys can get it together to produce free energy, that would be wonderful, but in the meantime the average Joe or Jane will still have to keep shelling out for their power bill.

In fact, we DINKs have been shelling out quite a bit for our power. Over the past few months we’ve paid about $728.82 to our local power company for electric (check out our bank statement to the right). Needless to say, Its put a bit of a strain on our budget so we’ve been discussing what we can do use less electricity. We’ve come up with four reasons that work for us.

1) Shut off the Power to Your Appliances: Things like your cell phone charger, computer, printer and stereo can draw power even when they are shut off. We’ve got a fair amount of these devices, so we’ve been unplugging their power strips to kill the drain on our electric bill.

2) Shop Around: If you go to your local utility commission they should have information about utilities which have the best rates for power in your area. In Washington, the relevant agency is the Public Services Commission, but there should be a local government body which can provide you information about current prices for electricity. Our provider is currently the cheapest, but that’s no reason why you shouldn’t shop around.

3) Turn off the Lights: Everyone says this, but it matters. If you aren’t using them, turn off the lights. We’re trying to make more of an effort to be sure our lights are off, even when we pop out of the house for groceries.

4) Adjust the Temperature on Your Refrigerator: This evening we adjusted the temperature settings in our freezer and refrigerator. Both of these settings were colder than the manufacturer suggested, so we should be able to save at least a few cents by doing this. You might be able to save by doing this also.

We’re also looking at getting new efficient windows. According to the research my wife Miel’s been doing, this should slash our power bill by 10 percent or so.

Hope this helps! Feel free to leave a comment if you’ve got any additional ideas!



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