Thursday, June 2, 2011

FREE & Simple Way to Save on your Electricity Bill

Hey Yall, I am not sure who knows about this.  I thought I would share in order to maybe help some of yall save some money.  TURN YOUR HOT WATER HEATERS OFF WHEN NOT IN USE!  Yep, I said TURN IT OFF!  

In my apartment, my breaker box is in the kitchen.  2 of us live in my apartment.  When we are not taking showers or running the dishwasher we keep the Hot Water Heater breaker off.  Then when one of us needs to take a shower or when we need to run the dishwasher, we turn the Hot Water Heater breaker on about 1 hour before we need hot water.  LAST MONTH I SAVED ABOUT 50% ON MY ELECTRICITY BILL!  I was shocked.  Studies have shown that typically you will save about 25% or more.  I have a brand new Water Heater that is energy efficient so maybe that is why I saved so much on my bill.  I am not sure how this would work with larger households or with children, especially if you have multiple showers/bathtubs.  Might be hard to coordinate with everyone but it's worth a shot.

The first couple of days I forgot to turn on the Hot Water Heater before my shower so I started to take a cold shower, then ended up getting out & waiting for hot water.  But after that, we got the groove of things and now it's a routine that is easily incorporated into our daily lives.

Let me know if any of you are currently doing this or have heard of this.

3 comments:

  1. If only that would work for me! I do too much laundry/bathing/dishes and general washing with hot water to make that work. (4 kids can do that to ya!)

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  2. Nifty Thrifty idea!!! Unfortunately we are a household of 9 which includes 3 children :-( I will see if it helps turning it off at night though while we are asleep :-)

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  3. Nifty idea but I have gas. I'll pass the idea on to my parents who do have electric water heaters. Thanks

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