HOW TO (ACTUALLY) SAVE MONEY ON YOUR ENERGY BILL
With my day job I went through a 2-hour “sustainability” presentation two weeks ago. What!?!?
First off, sustainability means “capacity to endure”, as in Earth’s resources.
Not only was I totally geeked out on the whole thing (because it was awesome) but I FINALLY learned what it means when people say “save on your energy bill”.
Articles I read on saving money always say save on your energy bill. But, what does this mean? Turn off my air conditioner? Use cold water in the laundry? Take shorter showers? Take cold showers? We are already really conscious of turning off lights that are not in use, we don’t leave counter appliances (toaster) plugged in… and the thought of turning off the a/c wasn’t really working.
Well, the speaker shared a bit of information with us and while I cannot verify that all energy companies operate this way she has been highly trained in this area and felt confident that most do.
Your entire monthly bill is based on the highest 15 minutes of use. Did that fall as flat with you as it did with me? It all sounded good but what did that *really* mean? And how can *I* affect that?
The explanation she gave us is this… pick the time of day when you have the most going on. For me, that is likely an hour or two after I get home from work. Here is why…
It is still hot out and the air conditioning is running, I have cooked dinner so the dishwasher is running and the washer AND dryer are very likely both going also. The tv is on and and maybe the computer or the wii. If all of this happens for a period of ore than 15 minutes, even if it happened for only 15 minutes out of the whole month, my bill is based on this.
So, how can I affect this? The biggest thing she said that resonated with me is NOT running the washer and dryer at the same time. First of all, I do laundry day and night already so how in the world could I not run them at the same time? Well, it has been a couple of weeks and I have put this into practice and it has not been an issue. Not only has it not been an issue but I found it was REALLY nice to have a break between loads. I have also tried to avoid times where the air conditioner is going full blast to do laundry.
You can also switch to energy saving light bulbs, upgrade to energy efficient appliances AS NEEDED (note: there are rebates available for some of these).
There were other suggestions she had like let your dishes air dry in the dishwasher instead of heat dry and grill outside during the summer rather than cook on the stove/oven and so much more!
I am sure that I already have a high usage 15 minutes this month so I am not sure if my changes will affect this month but this will DEFINITELY affect future months. She indicated that I would see a noticeable decline. Woohoo! Makes sense.
Now it is your turn, will you be more conscious of when you are using what? What is running during your busiest 15 minutes currently? And what, if anything, will you do differently?