Energy saving tips needed....

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Registered: 01-24-2012
Energy saving tips needed....
Tue, 01-24-2012 - 3:40pm


I am new to iVillage...

My family and I just moved into a new home and our first electric bill was outrageous ($330)

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Fri, 01-27-2012 - 1:30pm
Hi there & welcome to the board! Sorry I didn't see your message sooner.

I completely feel your pain on the electric bill. We live in the mountains and, our first year here, our highest bill was $650 in the winter time. OUCH!

What kind of heating do you have? That's what was costing us the most. We had electric baseboards, but installed a wood burning insert into our fireplace. So far this winter, our highest bill has been $300. It's still painful to pay, but much better than $650!

When the weather gets cold we put plastic up over our windows. You can find it at Home Depot. You just put it up with the special tape that's included, then use a hairdryer on it to sort of shrink wrap the window. You'd be surprised at how helpful that is.

You could also cover your windows with heavy drapes. Make sure to open them up when the sun is shining though, because it will help heat the house up.

We put our electronics (tv, dvd, etc.) on one of those strips that you can turn off at night. Computers also use a lot of energy, so make sure to fully shut it down at night.

You should also see if your electric company offers energy audits. Ours doesn't, but we have a small co-op. Most big ones do. If not, we found one for $99 in the yellow pages. They will use this big sucky machine to pressurize your home, then air will start rushing in wherever there are cracks in the home. We found air coming in in the strangest places, then caulked there to avoid those drafts.

Hope that helps!

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