We used 8,167 kilowatt hours in 2012. Electric cost of $889 Natural Gas cost of $595. This is all of our heating. We don’t use LP, fuel oil, wood pellets, or anything like that. Would you like a utility bill like that? First I have some things we are doing to make that happen. Then I discuss Time of Use Electricity, then I talk about some of the things we are doing in 2013.
- We turn off our water heater 12 hours a day. We don’t have a timer we actually flip the breaker switch on our front porch every morning after shower time.
- We do not have a dish washer. We hand wash all our dishes.
- We keep the upstairs of our house about 60 degrees at night.
- We only use supplemental electric space heaters during off peak.
- We only use our dryer during off peak Time of Use (at night or on the weekends)
- We only use cold water in the washing machine.
- We turn the space heater completely off during the summer.
- We started doing once a month cooking from Once a month mom so we use the stove less.
- We use only compact florescent lighting.
- We very seldom use our air conditioner almost to a fault.
- And most importantly Time of Use electricity
Our utility company has We Energies Time of Use Electricity? In November 2011 I wrote about our experience saving about $150 on level one TOU in 2011 here. In 2012 we upgraded to Level 2 time of use Electricity where it is $0.05 per KWH 7 pm to 7 am and all day on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. It is then $0.25 per KWH from 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays. We saved about $360 in 2012 because of Time of Use Electricity level two.
Seeing savings of $360 I am now being more adventurous and moving on to Time of Use Level 3 which is 3 different pricing levels during 3 different parts of the day. Daytime costs are different per time of year as well. It is still $0.05 per KWH for 12 hours per day and weekends and holidays. Interestingly I believe that the other time prices went up since I signed up 2 days ago.
Mid peak time from 8 am to 2 pm and from 6 pm to 8 pm October to May: 21 cents June to September: 27 cents
Peak time from 2 pm to 6 pm October to May: 27 cents June to September: 38 cents.
2 days ago Mid peak and peak time was 2 cents less than that except June to September Peak time increased 9 cents. Hmm .. now it is even more important not to use the air conditioners in the afternoons this summer. I didn’t expect that when I signed up.
I started reading this article and realized it didn’t set any areas for improvement in 2013 so here goes:
- hanging our laundry on the line in summer
- Hopefully start to hang laundry on our in house laundry rack
- If we can afford it we would like to upgrade our natural gas space heater, water heater, and washer and dryer to energy efficient models. Right now none of them are.
- Do almost all of our cooking during only the off peak times and then only reheating for lunch or supper.
- Install a water softener which apparently makes your water heater more efficient
- Use humidifiers and dehumidifiers much more.
- Check out LED lighting
I looked over WE Energies Energy Savings Ideas