All about ways I am trying to reduce my utilities bills in particular my electric bill. I am looking to exchange ideas successes/failures to help others. I would like to save on electric, gas, telephone, gasoline and water...
I want the ideas mostly to be DIY although many larger ones may not be. So, even people with a very modest budget can help themselves financially (save money), help the country be more energy independent and help the environment in a cost effective manner.
I am occasionally venting at the politics on both sides of the spectrum and what they are doing to make it harder for many families to do things that save them money and help the environment.
Also I am trying to promote energy independence for the United States as good for the country, the enviroment and the people. But, I want it done in a way that does not punish hard working people and families. I want to start with my own home and my long term goal is to not pay any utilies bills for my home and produce enough extra to pay me to cover additional costs and CO2. To make that reasonably possible I am working to reduce my family's power use while maintaining a good standard of living. Showing that good family economics and and the enviroment can work together well.
2 of my fellow co-worker finally got the NTP (notice to proceed) from SunPower. One nearly got to 90 days after his install. The other was much shorter. This plus the one who bought as system rather then lease it. Means that we have a handful that have gone solar recently and a few more in the pipeline.
Last night the heater turned on outside it was in the low 40s. For my part the solar was great...
Net Usage: -3.35 kWh the solar panels produced 27.75 kWh
I am hoping this will effective allow me to get to a zero electric bill for this month or really close. Right now I am 80% below last year and that include several near 100 degree days. SCE estimates I will be at near $30 I think I will be around $15.
As part of the upcoming AC replacement we will go from a 70% efficient natural gas heater to a 95% efficient one. So, as I bonus that will help our heating bills. But since they are hardly ever large it is a small bonus however, if it saves us that is a good thing.
Reminder last year's bill at this time was...
Average Daily Usage: 36.24 kWh
Total Usage: 1,051 kWh Bill Cost: $239.64
This year even with the solar lease I should be at about $155 (saving $80+ over last year).
Note this month should the first of hopefully many months where I stay at tier 1 and hopefully soon some credits where they pay me for the month.
I replaced my wifes car. I got her to downsize but, not as far as i wanted from dollars and cents standpoint or from a MPG standpoint but going from 12 MPG before it had problems to 25 MPG is significant.
Going from an SUV to a crossover was a big change for my wife.
Just like we compromised it is time for the government to do the same for the better of all. Mandate all trucks to move to natural gas. Higher MPG standards including minimums. More domestic energy production but with good simple stable regulation. More solar and wind and domestic biofuels not from food stocks. I want coal to be available with environmental regulation also.
Goal no net oil imports. Our money will not go overseas it will not fund countries that don't support us.
I don't care if gas rises in price as long as the cost per mile remains low. So, increase taxes on gas while increasing fuel economy standards.
It is all about comprimise and common sense. From politicians to corporations to environmental groups choose a great path not a perfect path.
FYI, in the calender month of october my solar panels produced 793 kwh of power saving me money, helping the environment, importing less energy, preventing new power plants from needing to be built. Win, Win, Win