Have you become as outraged by power bills as we have? Outrageous! Incredibly high power bills during the summer months I can understand–not believe, but understand. I live where summer is basically the equivalent of driving through the devil’s snothole . But lately the numbers on that power bill have skyrocketed ridiculously in the winter. And you have to understand one thing: we only have need to turn on the heater maybe twenty days out of the year. It’s gotten to the point where we now make a habit of doing everything possible to carve out a few pennies here and a nickel there and maybe, if we’re lucky, a dollar or two over yonder. What can you do to start reducing the power bill? Well, here’s a start.
Flat Bottomed Pans Make the Cooking World Go Round
I cook a lot. And I’m in the south so by cook a lot I really mean that I fry a lot. I do other cooking atop the stove as well. And by stove, I mean what you may mean when you say range. If you do a lot of cooking on top the stove (or range) when you go through all your pots and pans toss out anything that doesn’t have a flat bottom. Any pan with a bottom that is warped or overly rounded or too large for any burner or too small or any burner. Buying a new (or used) set of pots and pans with flat bottoms that are sized perfectly to match the size of your burners will recoup the investment over time by allowing you to cook with as much as 50% more efficiency over your most inefficiently designed cookware The new pots and pans will result in tastier food as well because the heat will now cook things more evenly.
Low-E tinted window films is an affordable option to installing brand new high-efficiency windows. The advantages of using low-E window film can’t be beat. Aside from the money you save over buying energy-efficient windows, there is the money you save on installation because just about anyone can put this type of film over their existing windows. And if you think that tinted window film can only save you money if you live in hot regions like myself, think again. This film acts just the same way that insulation does to keep the home warmer in the winter while also allowing it to stay cooler during summer. As if taking money out of the big fat executives feasting on $150 hamburgers in Japan courtesy of your hard-earned money spent on making your house livable weren’t reason enough to consider investing in low-E window film, you can also save money on furnishings and décor. The tint of the film protects objects in the house against rapid fading from the persistence of sunlight.
Smart Power Usage Devices
Ever taken a long, hard look at the energy meter outside your house that collects all that detailed data on energy use and converts it almost directly into dollar figures that the execs at power companies laugh and laugh and laugh about? It’s really not that hard to figure out how to read those whirling little discs on the power meter and here’s how. But even if you learn how to read the power meter, who’s really going to commit to the trouble? No, a much better way to get a reading on how much power you are using is to invest in one of the many 21st century technological breakthroughs that makes knowing how much power your home is using–and wasting–concrete. Gadgets like the Kill a Watt or the Power Conscience energy reader will bring to light in a way much less easy to ignore or fail to understand just how much power is flowing through your house that you can cut off immediately without being any worse off.