Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Reducing Your Electric Bill: My Favorite Recommendations

My husband is going back to school to get his MBA this fall, so I've been thinking a lot about how to tighten our budget since each dollar will count a lot more now. I've sifted through many of the videos to find some of the best for you (and me) on cutting costs. Here are some of my favorites on how to reduce your electric bill.


"How to Cut Your Electric Bill in Half" by MissouriWindAndSolar. This guy really knows his stuff. The video is pretty long, but he has some really good tips. I probably won't implement all of them, but I'll use enough to make it worth my time to watch it.



"Save Hundreds on Electricity" by NaturallyThriftyMom. She has a lot of really good tips as well. I liked what she had to say about time-of-use plans.

Share-- What tips and tricks do you use to shave money off of your electric bill?







7 comments:

  1. We used to have a less-than-ideal electricity situation in our Watertown apartment. We were illegal tenants, so we didn't have our own meter and we just paid everything over $50 on the bill. Odds are we usually picked up a lot of our landlady's usage! I left pretty much everything unplugged or on power strips. Since we were in the attic, we needed AC in the summer but I put the units on heavy-duty appliance timers to keep the apartment cool without running them all the time. We kept our thermostat on 60 in the winter, and used ceiling fans to recirculate the air and sat under afghans and drank lots of hot tea. I line-dried most of our clothes on folding drying racks and used the salad spinner to get extra water out of hand-washables. Since I was working through grad school and Jeff was working the night shift, I cooked almost exclusively with the crockpot since it uses very little electricity AND very little effort! Good luck! :)

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    1. You should make your own video of savings tips! And I second the wonders of the crockpot-- especially crockpot freezer meals.

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    2. Also, I hope when you left your landlady was unpleasantly surprised by the percentage of the utilities that were hers verses yours!

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    3. The funny thing is I don't use a lot of them anymore...I've gotten lazy since B was born. I'll probably go back to line-drying diapers now that the weather's warmer, but line-drying 3000 onesies? Naw. :) Probably our biggest money saver right now is cloth diapers, but I'd be a lot less enthusiastic about them if we didn't have our our own washing machine.

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    4. Yes! I love that you use cloth diapers. I don't know why I have become obsessed with them lately-- we use disposables right now because we don't have our own washer, but I thought for a couple weeks we'd be moving to a place with an in-unit washer/dryer and was so excited about it I went on this huge cloth diaper researching kick, which no one was supporting me in. Anyway, we are moving to New York City now (read no more in-unit washer/dryer), and that dream will have to die. But I feel vindicated in you saying it is a worthwhile money saver. (We spent $131 on diapers last month-- mostly due to the newborn blowing through 300 (literally) diapers in the first two weeks...)

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  2. Nice! I totally just e-mailed hubby about switching to a time-of-use plan. Our company said we'd save about $40/year.

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    1. I'd never even heard of those before, but it sounds pretty useful if you're able to control when you run the dishwasher, do laundry, and stuff.

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