I'm in the depths of frugality despair. You see, I'm always on a mission to save money. Kevin works hard for our family and I can't stand to see his work be wasted. My first project was lowering the grocery bill. I made everyone go on a diet of saltine crackers and ketchup. JUST KIDDING! Seriously, I've made a major dent in that area. Each week I save somewhere from 30-50% off my total.
My second project started about a month ago, when the electric bill came in. It was just over $200. So I got my game plan: do some research to see what is causing the most damage, make drastic cuts for one month in ALL of those areas, then evaluate my efforts.
The first part was fairly easy, thanks to Mr. Electricity, aka Michael Bluejay. I'd give a link but the guy is a little nutso and I'm not sure what ELSE you'd find on his site. But he knows his stuff about kilowatt hours. So what were the Hinton Family Electricity Hogs?
1. The pool pump was running 24 hours per day, costing an estimated $78 per month. That was about 40% of our bill.
2. The stove is a wattage mammoth. Not only does it cause my meter to spin at the speed of light, it also heats up the house, meaning the a/c has to be turned down to keep up with it.
3. Ditto the dryer.
4. I assume the a/c is bad. I can't tell for sure because our attic stairs broke and Kevin screwed the opening shut so heat wouldn't pour out of the gaping hole. Okay, well, he KINDA screwed it shut, but that's a different story. Either way, I wasn't going up there to read labels.
Although I secretly hoped that the X-Box was a money sucker, it was not.
Now I was armed with information, and we all know that information is power. Or, rather, information results in less power being consumed. So for an entire month, I went outside every morning and turned the pool pump on. Every afternoon I turned it back off again. I cooked with the stove only once or twice, favoring my big Bobo George Foreman grill, Crock Pot, and stovetop instead. I hung almost every load of clothes out on my deck to dry. (Our undies were stiff enough to walk alone!) And I cranked the thermostat up to 82......thank goodness for ceiling fans in almost every room!
Today my electric bill came in. It was....$195. I couldn't believe my eyes. So, wallowing in self-pity, I went directly inside and threw some clothes in the dryer. And then I turned the a/c down. May as well be cool while I pout.
At least I won't have to hear Mom complain about the heat anymore. She's from Kenosha, dontcha know.