Lowest electric bill ever.

Discussion in 'Emissions' started by southerncannuck, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I bought the ridge vents last night. Now I just have to find the right shingles to cover it and match the house. :eyebrow:

    I'm planning to beat the recommended minimum 1 sq ft (free vent area) per 300 sq ft of attic. I'm aiming for that much each for both the ridge and the eaves. I might add in some gable end vents as well.
  2. 50 mpg by 2012

    50 mpg by 2012 Well-Known Member

    I don't think I would use gable vents.

    But I might push the vent area to 1.5/300 sq ft.
  3. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Why no gable vents? If they're slatted and screened they will block any (non-hurricane) water intrusion, and allow a lot of ventilation area for minimal effort.
  4. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

    3/2012 is in: 16.03kWh/day. Last year was 19.83kWh/day.

    A 30 day bill at 481kWh, under 500kWh again!

    Another .32kW/day off annual consumption.

    New 12 month average:
    19.70kWh/d (3/2009 24.15kWh/d)
    Constant W equivalent 821.0W (3/2009 1006.2W)
    Reduction 18.40%, 11.76LEAF miles.
    Now I could go over halfway to work on the longer Interstate route.

    I'm now really looking forward to the next two months. Those are normally the annual lows as the days are longer and it's warmer, but not warm enough to have to use air conditioning.

    PS I've just change the minimum on my graph from 16kWh/day to 14kWh/day to make room for the coming months. :D
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2012
  5. EVuser

    EVuser Well-Known Member

    Was there a significant reduction in your usage by an appliance/weather change or was this a lot of small things adding up?

    Mostly the same here.
    My annual pretty much unchanged but I heated with electricity except for a few days in Jan.

    "True up" happened at the end of March, solar net metering surplus again and what better way to use it. We had a nice mild summer and some reasonable PV production during the normally dismal months of nov/dec.

    03/2011-03/2012 total usage for the year 254 kwh's, TOU -$180.00 billing credit left over.

    Went into the dark months as a net producer but the best bang for the buck was to turn to electric space heaters and stay off the NG. EV usage was also down some this past year.:flag:

  6. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

    Part of it is my wife's son not being around much, part is milder weather, but the savings were new kitchen lightong, sound machine instead of a fan, electric kettle instead of tea kettle, further reduction in use of the dryer. I'm running out of improvements.
  7. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    My bill for March was higher than last year. I blame the warm weather - we ran the AC a few times when we normally wouldn't. It's still the 2nd lowest March bill and 2/3 of our amazing new low winter bills.

    I spent this winter's savings ($320) on venting the attic. That should add extra savings in the summer on top of the new AC's savings.
  8. Killroy

    Killroy Member

    My monthly usage is between 193 and 257 kWhr. Its of us in a small 776 sqft place, which helps, but the electric cooking and dryer is not good. Gas is 3 to 17 therms.

    If I needed a dryer and stove I would switch to gas. If I needed a water heater I would love a on demand.
  9. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    My December-January electric usage was nearly a record high, because I was stuck home due to my accident, instead of out burning gasoline. Trying to stay warm during that time with the antiquated heat pump didn't help. That was 220 kw-hr (296 average watts). (Also as a result of the accident, my gasoline usage was exactly zero for that month.)
    At the other extreme, Sept.-Oct. usage was 75 kw-hr (108 watts).
    1000 ft³, 2-bed, 2-bath, all-electric
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2012
  10. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    RedylC94, I didn't know you were in an accident. May I ask what happened ?
  11. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    On Dec. 16, I used my touring bike on a 20-mile local errand. At the very end of that ride, in the parking lot right in front of my abode, I cut a U-turn a bit too tight. The front tire skidded outward.
    Results: Clavicle smashed into several pieces, several broken ribs (some in multiple locations), "flail chest," contusion on lung, surgery to patch clavicle, edema of hand, brachial plexus injury, fingers nearly paralyzed, and adhesive capsulitis of shoulder. By now, the bones seem to be healed and fingers are back up to roughly half normal strength. The swelling and capsulitis still persist.

    Unable to drive, I walked to the emergency room. Surgeon has repeatedly commented that most less fit people with the same injuries would've been intubated in ICU.
  12. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    That sounds like a bad accident!! I'm glad you're "ok" but hope you continue to improve. :(
  13. vangonebuy

    vangonebuy Well-Known Member

    Serious improvement yet again.
    You'll pass me soon.

    My April bill arrived & a bit of a mixed bag. 902kwh for 2 months.
    15.02 avg. daily.
    I'm up big from last year. Not a surprise though.
    Our new hobby of baking breads and pizza is running my bill up.
    But its worth it. Not wasted.
    Baking season is coming to an end soon. Plus were combining the oven with multiple loaves at once.
    Heating was shut since 4/14.
    About 12kwh or less daily since then. :D

    Added more CR6 LED downlights.
    They are really working well. My payback on some is getting longer as I added them to less used places.
    Quality of light is much better than my CFL's.
    Cannot estimate real annual savings yet since most LED's are recent installed.
  14. gabe1475

    gabe1475 Well-Known Member

    I was looking for information on the net and I figured the folks on this site may be the most informed about cost saving improvements to a home.

    Looking at replacing the AC in a 12 year old home and trying to decide if I should go with 16 - 17 seer central AC (split system) or Geothermal. They state that it can save 70% in electric costs, but not sure how accurate that actually is. Anyone out there have real world savings using Geothermal?
  15. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    what part of the country are you in?

    In Central Florida we use well water circulated thru the condenser coils, quite a big savings but occasionally we have to clean the deposits off, plus corrosion issues. In South Florida solar water heaters were common, I have not seen one in years and hot water is a big expense for a family with kids.
  16. southerncannuck

    southerncannuck Well-Known Member

    We have a solar water heater on our house in Ormond Beach, and had one when we lived in Fort Lauderdale. This time I also added a solar powered attic fan. For the money the fan is a heavy hitter. The attic temps dropped 50 degrees at the height of the day. Since the AC ducts run through the attic the house is much more comfortable.

    A peeve of mine is the combining of all renewable energy systems in one lump. Making hot water, pumping out hot air is something the sun does very well, and inexpensively.
  17. gabe1475

    gabe1475 Well-Known Member

    In AZ, and the type of system I was looking at only uses the cool temps in the ground to disipate the heat, although probably the same pricipal as what you are doing. How much of a decrease did you notice when you switched to this system?
  18. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Well. I have my lowest electric bill ever, by far. :D

    It's a mistake. :(

    $10.77, 51 kWh for the month of April. :p
  19. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member


    Do you still have human meter readers? I had a human over-read ours by 200kWh one month (probably mentioned earlier on this thread).
  20. Harold

    Harold Well-Known Member

    Mine was 3.3 kWh for 62 days. $62 for 62 days. My heat and hot water is NG. 51 is getting up there. Glad it is you and not me. H

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