Just finished reading Mary Ann's post and I decided that I would share a challenge I have been thinking of doing. When I received my electricity bill for last month I almost fell over, it was almost double the KW usage, we used the AC a lot and the welder some last month. It got me to thinking that I would like to challenge myself to try to lower my usage in the coming months as much as possible. I plan on unplugging stuff we are not using, you know the stuff that still has a little light on even when it is not in use, I have used power strips for some of our TV, DVD, etc and at night I shut the whole strip off with one button! I also need to go around the house and see what else is secretly sucking electricity, for instance in my sewing room I have a TV, Direct TV box and a clock radio, even when I am NOT using them they use some electricity! Down in the spare room in the basement we have a TV and DVD player plugged in, I hardly go in there (it's where the exercise equipment is, LOL) I should unplug everything or use a power strip. I did this last year and noticed a decrease in my usage, we are supposed to be getting so called Smart Meters soon wonder if those will help with tracking saving??
While I don't like to get political, etc. I want to share that some "stimulus package" will be paying for the installation of these "Smart Meters" and it will NOT be stimulating new jobs, at least 140 meter readers will be OUT OF A JOB. The real kicker is that the company that owns our power company is NOT an American company so profits will not stay in this country. Okay now I am off my soapbox, but I want people to know how some of this money is being spent, NOT stimulating jobs.
Back to the challenge, I plan to start in earnest at the end of the month when my meter gets read, does anyone else do this??