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    We just got our electric bill and it's significantly lower that it normally
    is. I am very happy! We unplugged some things that weren't being used.
    They draw that phantom electricity which caused us to pay more on our bill.
    If we don't use it, it's unplugges (no, not the TV or things like that).

    Our natural gas bill is lower than normal as well! YIPPEEE!
    I did turn down the furnace which uses natural gas. I am freezing inside my
    own home. But I am wearing a sweatshirt now and it's fine.

    Dee-El

    Date: Fri Jan 31, 2003 12:18 pm
    Subject: Electric bill

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    what were some of the things you unplugged?

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    Date: Fri Jan 31, 2003 1:11 pm
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Electric bill

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    Hair dryer, VHS rewinder, treadmill, fan, battery recharger, table lamps.
    Right now that's all I can think of. We just went into each room and started
    unplugging things that were unnecessary. It didn't take long.

    Good question though.

    Thanks,

    Dee-El
    Date: Fri Jan 31, 2003 1:51 pm
    Subject: Electric bill

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    these things use energy when not on?


    From: "Cindy Sue Cindysioux
    Date: Fri Jan 31, 2003 2:05 pm
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Electric bill

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    They pull energy when plugged in but not turned on.

    Dee-El

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    WOW! That's an accomplishment. I am home all day with Chronic
    illness, but due to my illness I can't put heat too low. I keep it
    at 68 during the day and back to 60 at night. I'm worried because we
    have had one of our coldest winters yet...lots of negative temp
    nights.

    Glad you've had success...keep the hints coming!

    From: "Sheryl
    Date: Fri Jan 31, 2003 3:08 pm
    Subject: Re: Electric bill

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    Some of them do. Treadmill, battery recharger and some lamps all do. Any item
    you have that just needs a remote to turn on is even worse. Your television,
    vcr, dvd player are REALLY bad. I was looking, one of the magazines I regularly
    read (mother earth news, backwoods home or backhome magazine) just had a GREAT
    article on this in the last few months, but I can't find the issue on it.

    Even if you just unplug your microwave whenever you're done with it that is
    another bit of savings. It has a digital clock and those suck up the
    electricity.

    You can save tons of money by putting all your entertainment center on a surge
    protector with an on off switch. Instead of turning each item off with the
    remote and walking away or going to bed.... Turn them all off then turn off the
    surge protector. It saved almost 20.00 per month doing this for the person in
    the article!!!

    $20.00 per month is $240.00 per year, and this is just for that portion of the
    article. They also replaced all the bulbs in the house with Flouresent, and
    replaced their old appliances with new ones. All total they save TONS of money
    even with the outlay on the new appliances.

    If I can find that magazine I will see if it's online and send in the link. It
    was really informative and eye opening.

    Emily Y.
    Date: Fri Jan 31, 2003 3:17 pm
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Electric bill

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    I asked my son who is an Electrician if lamps and other electrical
    appliances use electricity when not in use. He said anything that has a
    clock that runs or has a light that stays lit when off uses a little bit
    of electricity, but not much. He said lamps or anything else that does
    not have a light or clock does NOT use any electricity when not on. The
    electricity has nowhere to go, so it isn't drawn from the outlet.

    I thought you all might want to know this.

    Nancy Ann
    Date: Sat Feb 1, 2003 12:26 pm
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Electric bill

 

 
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