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  1. Green Living
    We successfully reduced our 8-week water usage from 18 cubic meters to 15 cubic meters, and brought our bill down from €45 to €36 :D I'm very proud of this as we really were trying. I don't know if it's possible to reduce it even further but I'm going to try!! :grball:
  2. General Chat
    I am looking at ways to lower my electric usage... already went around the house getting wattages off my appliances etc and figured up how much they cost me to run... so far it is the water heater and the oven (no suprise there) So I was wondering what methods you all have used to lower your...
  3. Homesteading and gardening
    I am trying to motivate myself into canning more often. Yesterday I canned 8 pints carrots, 6 pints cabbage, and 4 pints of kidney beans. The day before I canned 16 pints of carrots. Today's plan is to can some quarts of cabbage. I picked up 4 plastic bags @ $ 1 each, of marked down...
  4. General Chat
    Just heard on the news credit card sales up 7% for black Friday. here we go again buying stupid gifts that we can't afford. How many Tv's, iphones, ipads, etc. can a person have? the general public just doesn't get it.
  5. Frugal Living
    We are cutting back on gas usage. Can one become isolated if they basically ground gas usage to necessities. Hubby already walked or biked to work everyday. Buddy' school is to far away to walk/bike so We have to drive. I have taken to leaving early to get there 25 or so minutes before school...
  6. Utilities
    I am on the payment plan for my gas and electric. This past year I moved into a different apartment with the same complex. The footprint is the same however the waterheater was moved to the outside storage closet and a dishwasher was put in. At the end of the year I owed $75 more. This of...
  7. 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...
  8. Food for Kids
    Does anyone have any yummy recipes for candy canes? I have a whole bunch left from Christmas...LOL...I know that are still good...I have chocolate peppermint flavored ones and fruity flavored ones...Does anyone know what I could do with them? I want to use them and not throw them away!
  9. 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...
  10. Utilities
    We did a 24 hour test on a verizon cell phone charger. The actual phone was pluuged in for 8 hours, the rest of the time we just left it plugged in. Well, another big surprise. The actual total for a day was zero. usage for a week- zero for a month- zero for a year - zero. So i guess the...
  11. Just Tips
    hey everybody! check out this website: michaelbluejay.com and clip on 'how much energy stuff uses' (sorry i don't know how to take you directly there...so you'll have to type it yourselves....) bummer.... maybe someone would like to teach me... hint...hint... you can put in different types...
  12. Money challenges
    I thought it would be fun to challenge ourselves to reduce our electric usage in the month of October. I have a goal to keep my daily usage below 25KWH (21 would be awesome!), down from last month's average of 31. My lowest average in the last year was in the month of April and it was 20.6 kwh-...
  13. Utilities
    I've taken to checking my meter every few days and figuring the average I've used for the month. My last bill was over $20 less than the previous month with me only making changes to save energy in the last week.- woo hoo! So now that a new billing cycle has begun, I want to see how much more...
  14. Financial hardship
    Ok, on the 19th around 1pm or so I read my electric meter and figured I had a daily average use of about 34+ kwh. I went out and read it again and at first I was disappointed. I thought I had averaged 35-37kwh since then. But then I realized that I had used 75 kwh in THREE days, not TWO. So...
  15. Frugal Living
    We were doing really good for a while on our electric usage. July we used 25kwh per day and August we used 29kwh per day. I just read the meter depends on what you use to figure it (22 days or 23 days) we are either using 39.43 or 41.23 kwh per day. DD is home from her dads (she goes there...
  16. Frugal Living
    I always get excited when I get the BGE bill to see how our usage is going. We, I thought, got pretty lax this last month, running the AC a lot. I was expecting a much higher bill than last month. Well lo and behold it's a full 310 kWh less than last month -- and the bill was fifty bucks...
  17. Frugal Living
    6 loaves since July 7. Yeaaaaa. We have run into some problems such as my son hiding a loaf of bread under his bed and not liking some of the new choices but variety is good. We have tried lettuce wraps: kids hate hubby loaves tortilla wraps: son and hubby loves daughter hates chef...
  18. Utilities
    So I've been trying really hard to cut our electric usage, as are most of us. I've been comparing average kilowatt hours used per day because prices change and I can't compare whether we are reducing our usage just by the bill. I just got our April electric bill. In April of 2007 we used on...
  19. Utilities
    Okay, I went through the electric and gas totals for last year. The electric total for the year was $1311.71 and the gas was $1257.51 for a total of $2569.22 or an average of $214.10 per month :ouch: for both utilities combined! So far for this year the electric total is $155.54 and the gas is...
  20. Utilities
    6 low-cost ways to reduce your home energy use http://green.yahoo.com/blog/amorylovins/23/six-low-cost-ways-to-reduce-your-home-energy-use.html Looks like some good stuff.
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