Reduce My Electric Bill - January Results


One of my goals for 2013 is to reduce my electric usage and, ultimately, my electric bill.  How did I do for January?  Read below to find out.




January Results (Actually, mid-December through mid-January.)
I used less electricity in January 2013 than in January 2012.  Woot!  Actually, I used roughly a 3rd less electricity, which i consider a big WIN on my part.  

Steps I took last month to reduce the amount of electricity I used:
1.) All the usual things I had been doing since starting the challenge... lights off, timers on outside lights, new energy efficient sump pump, different outdoor Christmas decorations.
2.) I've been using my Wii Fit a lot to loose some weight, so I have been careful to turn the Wii off when I am done using it.  This sounds little, but before I used to leave it on and it does drain power.
3.) My TV in my living room died on New Year's Eve (damn TV).  This is the main TV in my house (I also have a small one in my bedroom which I barely use), and also the one that houses my Wii, so it had to be replaced.  I specifically bought one that was very energy efficient and Energy Star certified.  I actually could have saved about $100 by buying a similar one that wasn't Energy Star certified, but the difference in energy costs would have ate away at that $100 savings in just two years time.  

So far so good with my energy savings.  The next two months will be pretty cold around here.  The real test will come as it gets warmer out and I am forced to turn to fans and air conditioning for comfort.

What do you do to keep your energy bills low?  

12 comments:

Kurt @ Money Counselor said...

This takes a bit of upfront investment, but we rely as much as possible on a fireplace insert for home heat. (Inserts are sort of like woodstoves but designed to slip inside an existing fireplace.) Modern inserts are clean burning, and we buy wood from a responsible, environmentally conscious vendor. Nothing beats radiant heat for comfort!

Grayson @ Debt Roundup said...

These are good numbers. Nice job at the reduction. I need to work on reducing our numbers. It can be hard with the amount of energy we lose with our poor house insulation.

Jules@Fat Guy,Skinny Wallet said...

This is so awesome! Maybe I could make a challenge with my young boys to try and bring the numbers down. They would probably love to see if they could do it. They are very good at leaving everything on. Thanks for sharing!

Nunzio Bruno said...

I've been trying to do the same thing but my bill actually went up!! Turns out when you turn everything on at the same time in the house it spikes your "demand" for electricity and that costs more. So I've been playing with leaving a few things running all the time and getting aggressive with the rest - to mitigate my "demand" I've also been changing out as much as my electronic stuff for lower use stuff like LED bulbs when I can.

Eliza from Happy Simple Living said...

I must be an energy geek because I just love that you shared your energy usage stats! :-) Congratulations on lowering your bill and thanks for sharing the specifics about how you did it.

Ross said...

Nice job! That's quite a savings. Lighting is always a big chunk of the electricity bill, so if you have any incandescent bulbs it definitely makes financial sense to switch to CFL or LED.
You can also put those same christmas light timers on your TV/cable box. Your cable box uses about the same amount of electricity as your fridge so if you set the timer to turn it off overnight you can impact your consumption by quite a bit (100 - 150 kwh).

Lisa W. Fortney said...

Great job in cutting back. During the winter and spring seasons, I can reduce my electricity usage to over 35% based on my acro meter. But in the summer months, my electricity rates spike and that is due to air conditioning usage.

Chris said...

Very decent reduction, i've slashed energy bills by wearing two jumpers! The girlfriend isn't impressed but the bank balance makes it worth it!

Archie Munro said...

You should create something really productive to have an energy saving home. Switch off all unnecessary appliances when you're not using them, most especially air conditioning.

Steven J Fromm said...

With my wife home all the time and our downstairs windings needing replacement, it has been hard to save. We are still fixing our basement from flooding from Hurricane Sandy so we have not been able to save much.

Ben Davenport said...

High electrical bill is one of my major problems before. What I did to reduce my monthly bill is to use energy efficient electrical appliance like an dehumidifier.

Gracie Bradford said...

My air conditioner broke last month and I sent it for repair, so naturally I expected a drop in my electricity bill. It actually inspired me after I saw it went down so now I only limit my use of AC to 8 hours a day.

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