My electric bill for May dropped even more. As you might recall from a previous post on the topic, I cut my electric bill in half by shutting off my hottub and switching from incandescent light bulbs to Compact Fluorescents. My goal was to drop my kilowatt hours (KWH) under 1,000 and last month bills had them at 758 and now they 717 (see photo of my bill below)!! We're well under half my peak bill in January at 1,841 KWHs. Anything generating heat is a killer!! Imagine if everyone tried a few things like this. The electric companies would be begging us to use more power.
Well, I have to confess, our 25-year-old electric dryer broke down about midway through May and given a graduation and other stuff, we have not replaced it. The clothes dry outside and end up like cardboard. Anyhow, our two college age kids are home for the summer so we've probably hit bottom in terms of KWHs. But it's not that hard to reduce your electric bill.
BTW, I'm keeping the old Hotpoint dryer. All it needed was a new belt and dryers aren't much more energy efficient than they were 25 years ago (washers are, though). Heat is heat. And don't throw away your old appliance either. In the words of one repair and parts site: "A good rule of thumb is, if it can break, melt, dull or wear we can order it for you."
My goal was to drop my kilowatt hours under 1,000. Last month's bill had them at 758 and now they're at 717.
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