A Few Green Acts and our Electric Bill is Down More Than 60%

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Remember a few weeks ago I shared with you that my washer stopped working? Well, we’ve been saving up for a new one and simultaneously trying to find a used top-loading, high-efficiency model on Craigslist. Since that hasn’t happened yet, we’ve been going to the laundromat across the street. The cooler fall weather has also meant that most days, we turn off the central heat/air. We usually do this every fall and spring, but the reduction in our electric bill is usually only about $20-30.

Well this month, the combination of these two events (no longer using the washer and dryer, and turning off the air/heat) has yielded a more than 60% reduction in our electric bill compared to 2 months ago! This is literally the lowest bill I can ever remember, even compared to when we lived in other states or smaller apartments.

Clearly, this in an indicator that we tend to do a lot of laundry, but it really made me realize just how much electricity our washer and dryer use. It has really made me reconsider hanging a clothesline on our patio so we can air dry our clothes, even when we do get a new washer.

I love sharing these types of accomplishments, particularly for those people who want to see their green lifestyle pay off with a reduction in spending.

If you need some ideas for ways to make your home and lifestyle greener, and perhaps save some money in the process, check out the One Million Acts of Green website and/or Facebook app. There are tons of small — and large — acts you can do to change your lifestyle, and you’ll be able to see how much carbon emissions you will eliminate by completing those acts. While you’re there, you can also join the Green Your Decor group so we can complete some acts together!

Disclosure: Rockfish Interactive, in partnership with Cisco, has compensated me for my time on this campaign. All opinions and thoughts are my own, as always. For more information, please read my disclosure policy. See what the other green bloggers have to say: Sommer from Green and Clean Mom, Lisa at Condo Blues and Amy at Crunchy Domestic Goddess. (sponsored opp)

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  • Bruce Lynn November 1, 2010, 9:35 pm

    If you are in GA, TX, or PA and still with one of the legacy electric providers, it probably pays to switch. If you think prices will continue to go higher it may also pay to lock in your rate for 6months or 12months.

    Looks like you’ve done a good job conserving so far, and if you can lower the cost you can save even more.

    • jennae November 2, 2010, 9:48 am

      Thanks for the tip Bruce! I believe with our current provider offers an option to lock in your rates, but you have to have lived at your address for at least 12 months.

  • donflan November 2, 2010, 6:14 am

    Air drying your clothes seems to me one of the fundamental basic moves in trying to green back the American lifestyle. So far, at least, air and sun are totally free, and even in the dead of winter up here in Brooklyn I can dry the heaviest clothes and towels dry overnight inside (since I don’t want them to freeze solid outside) because it is so dry. In the summer, particularly, there is really no excuse. It takes a few minutes maximum to hang them on a rack or a line.
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    • jennae November 2, 2010, 9:50 am

      donflan, you’re right…there is no excuse, although there are some challenges for me as a renter. I actually found out yesterday that we’re not allowed to have a clothesline on our patio, and I’m not sure we’ll be able to air dry clothes for our entire family indoors. But we’ll at least start with a smaller rack and work our way up.

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