Monday, February 9, 2009

My Hard Work Has Paid Off!

About a month ago people all across the area gasped for air and clutched their chests at the mailbox. Was it good news inside? No.........just astronomical electric bills! Our bill was $245! I know some were worse off than we were, but I nearly died when I opened the bill! I feel that $245 is entirely too much money to pay on a monthly bill so I made it my personal goal to lower my WRECC bill.

With that said, I took many actions to try and achieve my goal. The main change was that we burned wood.........we had been burning wood since we moved into this home, however we burned wood religiously......waking every couple of hours to check the fire so that it did not go out. In addition I set the heat pump to only come on if the house got below 60 degrees (which it never did thanks to the stove!) I also washed clothing on cold wash/cold rinse, hung most clothing up to dry instead of using the dryer, and hand washed dishes instead of using the dishwasher. We also unplugged any item that was not currently being used.

I know that to some these changes sound like a burden, and on some days they were, but once I was used to doing things differently it wasn't so bad.

The result.............our electric bill for this month came today and was only $170!! I saved $75 by making my changes! I was thrilled!

With the way things are economically in our country right now, every cent we can save helps out..........and saving $75 made me feel like I had achieved a huge success!


Heather said...

WOW! I'm impressed. Maybe even a little motivated. Thanks!!

The Stice's said...

That is a huge drop! I am impressed as well, now if I could just motivate myself that way!!