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Electric Shocker!

September 4th, 2007 at 07:00 pm

My electric bill is $163. I feel like crying! I've been frantic about turning off lights and relying on my programmable thermostat to control the temperature. With a gas bill of $40, I'm spending way too much on energy. My house is about 2300 sq. feet. I believe that the 20 year old freezer in the garage is part of the culprit and the other part is DH adjusting the temp. to suit his desires. Our summer here has been quite cool. DH husband is still not convinced that the freezer is a problem.

I spent way too much money this weekend. I had relatives in town for 3 days so it's hard to get around. Eating out is part of the entertainment. It's hard to go many places because we have 5 children between us and mine are pretty young (they still require naps). I haven't tallied up the receipts, but I know it ain't gonna be pretty. Probably in the $250 range.

I need to get working on earning outside money. I have a few things to sell, but just haven't had time to post anything on Craigslist. I also signed up to do surveys on American Consumer Opinion, but I never recieved a confirmation email. I was able to pick up a few odd jobs in our school district, but that will only pay about $90 when it's all completed. I'm considering trying babysitting during the week in the evenings. My kids might enjoys that too!

4 Responses to “Electric Shocker!”

  1. Amber Says:

    I know how you feel, my electric bill was $173 last month. I had a busy weekend spending money but the month has just started and will bounce back

  2. Ima saver Says:

    My house is 3200 square feet plus I have 2 double garages (one with a kitchen above) and my bill was $117. Turn off your hot water heater and only turn it on when you need it. (only if it is electric, not gas)

  3. fern Says:

    My house is 1650 sf and my bills this year have averaged between $50 and $65. (I live alone.) No kidding. I have 100% CFLs. I always hang-dry my clothes in summer. I also spent $25 for a Kill-a-Watt meter which you can plug into whatever appliances you want and it will tell you how much energy it's using. I'd highly recommend it. It can be very revealing. That freezer might be the culprit, but you'd only know for sure if you tested it with the kill-a-watt meter. I wrote a detailed post on my own findings some time ago which you can see here.

  4. db1974 Says:

    It's nice to get an idea from others how much they are spending and how big a house it is. I did start hanging out clothes to dry for the past 2 weeks, so it's only somewhat reflected on my bill. I have considered CFLs but I have so many lightbulbs, that I feel obligated to use them before I begin buying the CFLs. I will definately splurge on the Kill-a-Watt meter. How do you convert the amount of energy the appliance is using into real dollars?

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