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  1. Utilities
    Hello all, I will be moving into a top floor 1-bedroom apartment (building is 4 stories) and I want to be as economical as I can about my electric heating. I've read a lot of past threads about people turning their heat down during the day when they're at work, etc. I was wondering, would it...
  2. Utilities
    I try really hard not to waste electricity, no one is home from about 8:30AM till 4:00PM during the week which helps. My electricity usage bill is only $21.72 monthly but there is a charge on here for $27.36 for Standard offer service. That's more then what I use for electricity. What is that?
  3. Utilities
    I'm considering doing an "electricity fast" where I would use very little electricity for an extended period of time. Has anyone considered anything like this? I know that the No Impact Project talked about it, but not sure how it would be done... looking for any input or suggestions. Despite...
  4. General Chat
    Just curious if your basic electricity is high like ours. Ours costs over $31.00 a month just for a hookup. They have so many taxes and this that and the other added. My parents entire electric bill where they live in KY is often not a lot higher than that.
  5. General Chat
    Can't help but wonder what else I can do to save on electricity during the heat wave. Last night the electricity went out three separate times. First time was a really long brown out. Really scary since I heard a loud crackle and boom. Last two the power went out for a couple minutes. Now I...
  6. General Chat
    So, what do you do when it is 90+ outside the electricity goes out? Yup, this happened to me yesterday. Luckily the electricity came back on in about an hour. I heard it was from a blown transformer. My apartment has electric everything except the heater. But the starter for the heater is...
  7. Utilities
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/us/26cable.html "One high-definition DVR and one high-definition cable box use an average of 446 kilowatt hours a year, about 10 percent more than a 21-cubic-foot energy-efficient refrigerator, a recent study found. "
  8. Money challenges
    just wondering as i need to cut back on my light bill and this is an area that we use alot... there are four laptops used in the house daily....and i wonder how much electricity we are using...
  9. Utilities
    because of a new fridge. Well, long story longer: For about a year, our fridge was running...a lot. I always vaccuumed out the back, kept it clean, never a worry. Starting sometime last year, the crisper drawers kept freezing everything within a few days of stuff going in them. the top of...
  10. General Chat
    Just know trying to help on another thread, I was trying to figure out how much electricity my crockpot used and what the cost was. I was looking at my most recent bill and found out that we have a rate for any usuage up to 17 kWh per day and a rate for anything over that. So on my bill I went...
  11. Utilities
    i recently started using the dishwasher out of laziness - I was piling up dishes for days and then putting them into the dishwasher at once. running it, say, twice a week. normally i handwash the dishes daily. well, the electricity bill jumped by a lot of kilowatt hours compared to this time...
  12. Utilities
    What surprises did you get with your kill-a-watt? I learned my Turkey Roaster and my electric fryer/steamer take way more electricity than I thought.:down: I also learned my bedroom TV and coffee pot can stay plugged in. The air purifier and humidifier are also non issues.:coffee: What kind...
  13. Homesteading and gardening
    :laundry: How many of you are prepared to do laundry without electricity? My X-brother-in-law is an engineer who works at a power plant. Several years ago when a large portion of the eastern part of the U.S. had a power outage, he said it's not a matter IF we will have interrupted power, but...
  14. Utilities
    We just got a ridiculously high electric bill despite having done all kinds of things to reduce it. We've complained to see if there was a mistake in the meter reading - so far that hasn't done us any good. Anyway, we are looking into several options for helping to reduce our bill and was...
  15. Frugal Living
    Does anyone know if it costs less to use my George foreman grill and rice cooker than to use my stove? And if so, any idea what I would approximately save per month if I use them both at least once per day instead of the stove? I usually cook on the George foreman grill approx 14 minutes per...
  16. Question and Answer
    I have an oil lamp that my dad gave to me. I was wondering if it would be cheaper to use the light from the oil lamp in the kitchen when it gets dark or to use regular electricity. I've burned the oil a few times to see what it's like and it doesn't look like the oil is disappearing very fast...
  17. Simple Living
    I have been wishing to reduce the use of my dryer and since I have physical limitations using a clothes line is out of the question. I have a rather large dryer rack, one of the wooden fold up things, that I really don't have a place to use it. Well, it hit me today that I do have the perfect...
  18. General Chat
    Well, I live in eastern Ohio in the rural area. On Sunday, without warning except 1 hour before electric went kaput, there was a wind advisory from Ike. It wasn't supposed to affect us. Well, guess what, late last night we got power restored at our house. It was a surprise for most of us...
  19. Money challenges
    I'm going offline tomorrow night and staying off until the end of July. I will allow myself 1 hour on weekends to do the finances, emails, and take care of any other necessary items (this may include visiting FV but if you see me here any time during the week call me on it!). I am getting a...
  20. Question and Answer
    Just wondering if you think it's worth it to invest in a freezer for stockpiling frozen foods/meats. Two issues, the cost of buying it. Secondly, the cost of running it. What do you think?
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