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I was just sharing how we have been cutting back. We are on budget billing with our electric company we are all electric so last year our budget billing amount went to $249 a month. So we got busy.

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  1. #1
    Tracy Feuer
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    I was just sharing how we have been cutting back.



    We are on budget billing with our electric company we are all electric so last year our budget billing amount went to $249 a month.



    So we got busy.



    Started hanging clothes on the line



    replaced our lightbulbs with the low energy bulbs we replaced one bulb each week till the whole house was converted.



    We started washing all of our clothes in cold water.



    started using the dish washer on water saver cycle



    bought two window unit air conditioners and close off the rooms we are not using so we ac the living area during the day and the bedrooms at night. These window units cut our summer bills from over $350 to around $80 a month.



    In the winter we bought one of those oil filled electric radiators and close off the bedrooms during the day that oil filled unit heats the living area and the big heating unit doesn't come on during the day.



    At night we do use the big central heat unit.



    We hope to use our tax return to install a woodstove this would help a lot on our electric bill.



    We recently were readjusted on our budget bill which last march was $249 a month now is $132a month.



    This came just in time because DH lost the good job he had in construction and now after three months of looking he has found a job but it is 4 dollars an hour less than he was making before.



    So we will need all the help we can get.



    Tracy in VA





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    mem68
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    I wash everything in cold water. Hang clothes out when my health allows.Cut the heat down at night. Use down comforts on the beds.-got them on sale for $39.00 and they have paid for themselves over.
    Use the small oven that toasts,bakes,etc. for mking cornbread,biscuits etc.Hang small items on a wooden dryer rack in the house and outside when warm.Use microwave for many things-warm ups,heating water for jello,warm lemons,etc.
    Mking my 10 yo wear old socks in the house for warmth.We wear extra shirts during the day. cut off a light when we leave a room.Don't use the fan in the bathroom.Have a hot water heater timer and only heat 2 hrs/day.
    do large cooking on one day -reheat for 3-4 days.
    Rereading The Tightwad Gazette!!!!!!!!!!!!
    [quote]
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Dee Bleau
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2008 8:58 AM
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Cutting back on electricity


    I LOVE hanging out my clothes. I do however NOT hang out towels and Jeans and underware.




  3. #3
    mem68
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    My budget billing is 120/month and I keep trying to get it lower.
    [quote]
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Tracy Feuer
    To: budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2008 8:36 AM
    Subject: Budget101.com : Cutting back on electricity

    I was just sharing how we have been cutting back.

    We are on budget billing with our electric company we are all electric so last year our budget billing amount went to $249 a month.





  4. #4
    Dee Bleau
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    I LOVE hanging out my clothes. I do however NOT hang out towels and Jeans and underware. I dont like te stiff feeling of the towels and Jeans. I wash everything in warm and rinse in cold. Does it wash the same in cold? How about heating blankets at night? then turn the heat down. I do have to get new air conditioners for the summer. I run fans in the kitchen and the living room more than air conditioners though. I open the windows at night and close everything down during the day. We have a pool that i have the kids go in when they are hot and such.

    Tracy Feuer <tracyfeuer@hotmail.com> wrote: I was just sharing how we have been cutting back.

    We are on budget billing with our electric company we are all electric so last year our budget billing amount went to $249 a month.

    So we got busy.

    Started hanging clothes on the line

    replaced our lightbulbs with the low energy bulbs we replaced one bulb each week till the whole house was converted.

    We started washing all of our clothes in cold water.

    started using the dish washer on water saver cycle

    bought two window unit air conditioners and close off the rooms we are not using so we ac the living area during the day and the bedrooms at night. These window units cut our summer bills from over $350 to around $80 a
    month.

    In the winter we bought one of those oil filled electric radiators and close off the bedrooms during the day that oil filled unit heats the living area and the big heating unit doesn't come on during the day.

    At night we do use the big central heat unit.

    We hope to use our tax return to install a woodstove this would help a lot on our electric bill.

    We recently were readjusted on our budget bill which last march was $249 a month now is $132a month.

    This came just in time because DH lost the good job he had in construction and now after three months of looking he has found a job but it is 4 dollars an hour less than he was making before.

    So we will need all the help we can get.

    Tracy in VA



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  5. #5
    Karen Pierce
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    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">My experience has been that everything washes the same in cold. Have never had a problem with it.
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">I don't use heating blankets or anything like that, I use a nice down filled comforter. Keeps me just as warm and cozy as any heating blanket would.
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">KarenP
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    <BLOCKQUOTE style="BORDER-LEFT: #008000 2px solid;">
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Dee Bleau
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2008 8:58 AM
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Cutting back on electricity






    I LOVE hanging out my clothes. I do however NOT hang out towels and Jeans and underware.

    I dont like te stiff feeling of the towels and Jeans. I wash everything in warm and rinse in cold. Does it wash the same in cold?

    How about heating blankets at night? then turn the heat down. I do have to get new air conditioners for the summer. I run fans in the kitchen and the living room more than air conditioners though. I open the windows at night and close everything down during the day.

    We have a pool that i have the kids go in when they are hot and such.

    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">





  6. #6
    Dee Bleau
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    The Tightwad Gazette!!!!! !!!!!!! I will have to read that, Sounds great to me.

    mem68 <mildreda@lcs.net> wrote: I wash everything in cold water. Hang clothes out when my health allows.Cut the heat down at night. Use down comforts on the beds.-got them on sale for $39.00 and they have paid for themselves over. Use the small oven that toasts,bakes,etc. for mking cornbread,biscuits etc.Hang small items on a wooden dryer
    rack in the house and outside when warm.Use microwave for many things-warm ups,heating water for jello,warm lemons,etc. Mking my 10 yo wear old socks in the house for warmth.We wear extra shirts during the day. cut off a light when we leave a room.Don't use the fan in the bathroom.Have a hot water heater timer and only heat 2 hrs/day. do large cooking on one day -reheat for 3-4 days. Rereading The Tightwad Gazette!!!!!!!!!!!! [quote] ----- Original Message ----- From: Dee Bleau To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2008 8:58 AM Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Cutting back on electricity
    I LOVE hanging out my clothes. I do however NOT hang out towels and Jeans and underware.


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    Elizabeth Farnsworth
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    My husband seems to think that the stuff you put on your windows to help insulate them doesn't work.
    We have
    <UL>
    <LI>70 yr old single pane windows</LI>
    <LI>not sure about insulation in walls</LI>
    <LI>drafty doors</LI>
    <LI>a gravity heater</LI>[/list]
    We can't afford to do anything and were renting from my grandmother. Our electric bill was a whopping $705.00 last month! Our kids (adult) live here and they got an old fridge and i'm thiking that might be the cost but I dunno. I'm gonna get this gadget that will check and tell me what is costing what to run.

    Elizabeth Farnsworth
    Get your clean on with Shaklee



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    john
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    I would check with my local power company to check my home for power

    loss and how to correct or repair my home to consever power. You may

    qualify for discounts after the repairs.








  9. #9
    Karen Pierce
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    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">I would venture to say that the cost of the electric bill is the 70 year old windows, the insulation (which, if it hasn't been upgraded in recent years, is probably not up to par) and the drafty doors and gravity heater....I seriously doubt that the refrigerator is causing the problem.
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">If you have an agency called "Focus On Energy" in your area, give them a call and have them come out. They will test your windows, doors and insulation and make recommendations on how things can be improved.
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">KarenP

    <BLOCKQUOTE style="BORDER-LEFT: #008000 2px solid;">
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Elizabeth Farnsworth
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2008 12:41 PM
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Cutting back on electricity






    My husband seems to think that the stuff you put on your windows to help insulate them doesn't work.
    We have
    <UL>
    <LI>70 yr old single pane windows <LI>not sure about insulation in walls <LI>drafty doors <LI>a gravity heater</LI>[/list]
    We can't afford to do anything and were renting from my grandmother. Our electric bill was a whopping $705.00 last month! Our kids (adult) live here and they got an old fridge and i'm thiking that might be the cost but I dunno. I'm gonna get this gadget that will check and tell me what is costing what to run.






  10. #10
    Karen Pierce
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    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">ABSOLUTELY!! The Focus On Energy people determined that our doors and windows were tight as a drum, and the only suggestion they had was to add more insulation to the attic, and when we did, we got a discount from the energy people!
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">KarenP

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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: john
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2008 1:15 PM
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Cutting back on electricity





    I would check with my local power company to check my home for power
    loss and how to correct or repair my home to consever power. You may
    qualify for discounts after the repairs.





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    Randal
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    Here's a good trick for the stiff jeans and towels problem when you hang out clothes: Go ahead and line dry them MOST of the way, then chunk them in the drier for just a few minutes to finish them off. The tumbling with soften them up and you won't have run your drier nearly as much.

    Randal


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    Cynthia Lau-Work @Home United
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    I used flannel sheets and electric blankets on our beds this year, and it made everyone much warmer.


  13. #13
    Pat
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    Anyone know how much you save per load if you dry

    online vs. using the dryer?

    --- Randal <randphill@yahoo.com> wrote:



    > Here's a good trick for the stiff jeans and towels

    > problem when you hang out clothes: Go ahead and line

    > dry them MOST of the way, then chunk them in the

    > drier for just a few minutes to finish them off. The

    > tumbling with soften them up and you won't have run

    > your drier nearly as much.

    >

    > Randal

    >

    >

    > After all, He isn't a TAME lion...but He IS Good.

    >

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    Karen Pierce
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    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">If you go to your local electric company's website, they may have a place you can go to see ALL common appliances listed and what they cost for electric usage. It will, of course, differ with your local company's prices.
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#008000" size="4">KarenP

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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Pat
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2008 3:10 PM
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Re: Cutting back on electricity





    Anyone know how much you save per load if you dry
    online vs. using the dryer?






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    lisa griffeth
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    Just a quick "thank you" to those of you that were kind enough to share info with me about possible ways to help the situation for my "new" grandchildren and their medical issues. I appreciate each and every response I received- you guys (girls) are the BEST!!! Thanks Lisa G.



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