Monday, December 27, 2010

Electricity Usage

Well, I guess it's official. Our only choice in power companies will be raising the rates 16% on January 1. We can't afford the bill now, so I don't know what we will do. We already use the energy saving light bulbs, so the fixtures that have 2 or 3 bulbs in them will be reduced to a single bulb. I put 2 LED night lights in the bathroom, they only use .3 watts of electricity each, so I am trying to talk everyone into not turning on the light in the bathroom so much. I also bought everyone an LED flashlight for $1 each and put them in their Christmas stockings. I am really surprised at how bright those things are. I am working very hard at line drying as many clothes as possible. This is a major feat, not only because there are 6 of us, but because it is winter and EXTREMELY bitter cold outside, leaving me to hang the laundry all over the house. My next step is to unplug anything we aren't using right NOW. No VCR or DVD player, outdoor lights, no cell phone chargers left plugged in. I don't think these things will greatly reduce our bill because I already go around unplugging and turning off things constantly. So what else can we do?

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