11-19-2009 03:36 PM
11-19-2009 04:05 PM
in our house, we really practice to conserve energy.. so we turn off the lights as much as possible and we do laundry like 2 times a week.. we wait for the clothes to build up before we do laundry.. and we do not turn on the thermostat if it's not that cold and if everyone is just okay with the temperature (everyone can bear the cold nights), we just use thicker blankets.. we also watch movies all at the same time so that we don't have to repeat watching the same movie instead we go to the next title or movie..
11-19-2009 04:28 PM
Always! We have a programmable thermostat; however, I think it's more effective when I adjust it myself. I only turn it up a few degrees when we first get up. This gives an immediate feeling of warmth because the heat is coming out. I turn it up a little more as the day progresses, and we dial down to 58 at night. I am proud to say our heating expenses for the entire year of 2008 were only $775!
We also keep lights off when not in use, recycle, and make a conscious effort to not waste water or any other resources. I follow these same practices when staying in hotels.
11-19-2009 05:52 PM
Don't have to worry about heating cost, I live in Florida. But I try to keep the A/C at 76 degrees when I'm home and set it to 82 when I'm out of the house. Do the same when staying at a hotel. Run A/C or heat while in the room and turn it off when I leave the roo
2012 IHG nights: 50; 2013 IHG nights: 17 / Upgrades:3 out of 6 stays
11-19-2009 11:20 PM
I live in an apartment house, have little control about when heat and air con go on and off, though I can adjust it to low, medium or high. I rarely use either air or heat.
11-20-2009 10:46 AM
Yes, I do! I would rather increase the number of blankets to keep me warm than use a lot of energy to heat up my place. I'm also trying to save money!
11-20-2009 12:16 PM
Like member iristina, I prefer to adjust our programmable thermostats myself by using the "hold" button. Our electric bill has never been over than $250. Electric covers heat & air, heating two 40 gallon water tanks, lamps, appliances, 10,000+ Christmas Lights, etc...
Summer when not home: 78
Summer when home: 74
Summer at night: 68-70
Winter when not home: 60
Winter when home: 67-70
Winter at night: 60 or below
11-20-2009 01:01 PM
your electric bill of $250 what is the frequency of it. Ours in the UK are usually every six months for both gas and electricity. Few homes have or need A/C in the UK the UK average is for both is about £1200 ($2000) There are many government sponsored plans to insulate houses more and these save about 35% of energy.
We use low energy washing machine and dish washer with full loads. Also we use mostly low energy lighting that saves 50% plus of power. All units are turned of when not in use and not lefty on stand by. it all adds up reducing the utility bills and co2> the heating is now u8seing much less due tio new double glazing with special glass and wall insulation. often the radiators go cool as the desired room temperature in reached.
11-20-2009 01:06 PM
The power bill from Georgia Power comes every month. The US government also provides tax deductions for energy efficient improvements to the home. In my county, the water/sewer bill comes every 3 months. It is calculated by gallons used.
11-20-2009 05:53 PM
We have a programable thermostat, however, the wife wants to do her own program! So that is the way it is in our house. Actually she is right, she does a great job of keeping it cool at night and during the day when no one is home. Our hours vary so much that programing a set schedule would be more wasteful.
Night temperatures of 66 and at home temps of 70 are the norm for winter.
Summer is different,, night timeis cooler than the day time hours.. It all depends on who is home and for how long!