Originally Posted by UberMama
It's weird, because some people have such a LOW usage compared to me and others are dramatically higher. I don't get why there is such a difference. I know there's differences when it comes to number of people in home, size of home, energy efficiency, etc. But that dramatic of a difference? Hmm..
I'm going to get better about turning off our power strips as well. :/
I'm sorry, i haven;'t followed the thread closely, but have you done checked your appliances? My sister had an old fridge that ran constantly that was exceedingly energy-inefficient, and it was killing them..when they got a new one, not even a nice new one, just a cheapo, but it made a HUGE differen ce..like literally, 1/3 of their electricity poofed!
We used 1000 kwh last month. total of $90. Which isn't bad at all, considering we have a heat pump and all our heat comes from electricity until it dips below 27 degrees. So, that $90 was all our electricity ANd all our heat. Our gas bill was a mere $13 worth of mostly fixed charges. So...$103 total for gas and electricity last month.
ETA: we are awful about usage. We live in an really old house, almost 90 years old, no insulation, crap old windows, etc. The house itself is about 900 sq feet,m but the basement is finished, which adds in another 900 sq ft, all of which we heat and use lights in, etc.
We have at least 4 TV's and 3 computers plugged in at ALL times, kitchen appliances, etc. We make NO effort to ration heat or hot water, etc. We do at LEAST 12 loads of laundry per week, minimum. (7 people, including 1 in CD's and a dh with a stinky, dirty job). Heck, my stepsons have half the downstairs to themsleves as their rooms, and I frequenbtly go down there randomly and find their lights are all on, even thugh the last time they visited was 2, 3, 4+ days ago....
Ya, we're bad. Really bad. But we're still paying almost nothing. *shrug*