If you want to save electricity and reduce your electricity bill, follow a few simple tips, make a few inexpensive changes, and you could cut your electrical usage by 40% or more, as my family has. It’s not hard, and it’s worth it!
We will save about $1,250 per year on electricity than if we had not made these changes (assuming the next three months usage are the same as last year’s). That’s the good news.
The bad news? You have probably noticed your electricity rates rising. At the end of 2005, our total cost of electricity was 14.9 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). We’re now paying 20.7 cents. Over about four years, our electricity rates have increased about 40%.In June, I made the same calculations and showed we saved 40%, and we have continued to improve since then, now running at 46% less. I have been tracking our electricity bill in a spreadsheet, and came up with a nice graph, which I have updated through September (click the graph to see a more readable version). Estimates for the rest of the year assume the same usage as in 2007 … maybe we’ll do a little better this year.
Check the previous post to see a broader list of ways to save electricity that have worked for us. Since then, we have:
- Turned off our basement freezer
- Finally solved the problem with Windows XP standby not working
- and probably most important of all: bought a PowerCost Meter
And as I reported last week, I think I can save more by replacing a computer file server with an Apple Time Machine. And I just ordered another 2 Smart-Strip power strips for my wife’s computer, and for our TV/Stereo system. Yes, some of these things cost money, but it’s only through making small changes, a few every so often, that we now pay about $100 a month less for our electricity. And none of them affect our lives negatively, in fact most make life simpler!
Being successful at saving electricity is all about awareness, and persistence at making little changes. Electricity is cool because it’s comparatively easy to measure. It’s possible to measure the effect of changes in heating costs, gasoline, water, but more difficult to quantify. And there are many other less obvious sources of energy or resource consumption, such as what we eat. More on this in another post :-)
Until then, turn out the light when you leave the room. Good luck!