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Saving Money on Utilities: Part 1

Jul 17 2011 Published by under Dumb Americans

Things we did to save money on utilities:

Electricity, this was the area we made the biggest impact. We saves a tone of money by installing a variable speed pool pump.  This is an expensive item but an out dated pool pump can waist  a lot of electricity. We paid about $1,100 for a new highly efficient pool pump. But this is a device you use every for 6 to 8 hours a day. We were using 18kWh a day running our pool pump. With the new pump we are using only 2.5kWh a day. A huge savings.

Also in the area of electricity we replaced all our light bulbs with LED bulbs not Compact Florescent. LED light bulbs use one tenth of the energy of an incandescent or Halogen bulb. Plus LED’s do not contain the very toxic mercury that CF do.

As we replace appliances we always check the energy guide labels to purchase the lowers energy cost appliance we can find that meets our needs. You would be surprised the difference in the energy usage between different appliances.  It all adds up.

The we started scouting the house for vampire power users. Vampire power are devices that use powers 24  by 7 even when you are not using the device. And the bigest culprit here are wall warts. you know the power transformers that plug in to the wall. well they draw power even when the device is not being used.  This add up real fast if yo can reduce you vampire power by only 0.5kWh that ends up being a 12kWh per day savings.

We drove our electric usage from a average of 40kWh a day to and average or 22kWh a day. The max we were hitting in the summer was 60kWh a day down to 44kWh a day.

That is a huge savings and anyone can do it. This does not mean i’m a tree hugger, it just means i’m cheep, frugal and like keep my money. It is also a great was to reduce expenses when your getting ready to retire.



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