[tabi] Re: Ways to lower your energy bill - Sunday,

  • From: "Lynn Evans" <evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2010 13:47:01 -0500

Do the pads fit like a fitted sheet?
Does it stay next to the matteis and the sheet on top? 
I had no idea these things were around untill now. 
Please excuse me for living under a rock. 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Easy Talk 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 6:22 AM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: Ways to lower your energy bill - Sunday, 

  yes we have the mattress pad and they are nice.


    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Chip Orange 
    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 3:17 PM
    Subject: [tabi] Re: Ways to lower your energy bill - Sunday, 

    That's great Robert!

    one other thing I can recommend highly for the winter,is an electric 
mattress pad instead of an electric blanket.  It works just like an electric 
blanket, except your laying on the warmth, instead of it being over you.  your 
much warmer because of this, and it's very soothing to lay on something that 
warm all night (and you turn down your heating of course).  they all now come 
with automatic shutoff controls after ten hours, so you never have to worry 
about leaving them on by accident.  they also come with extra deep pockets so 
they'll fit any mattress, and can be ordered from any retailer like amazon or 
walmart; the standard ones run around $75 for a queen with dual controls I 

    of course there are fancy ones, with separate temp zones for the feet, 
middle, and head, and wireless remote controls.

    One thing to mention about turning down your heat at night (pardon me if 
I've said this before): if you have an older thermostat which is not 
electronic, hooked up to a heat pump, if you turn up the heat in the morning 
more than 2 degrees, it will automatically use the expensive heat strips 
instead of the heat pump to bring you up to within 2 degrees of the set 
temperature.  This costs a lot, and you'll benefit from buying an electronic 
thermostat, which looks first to see if your heat pump is warming the house 
adequately, before it engages the electric heat strips.  This is known as a 
"rate of rise" heat pump thermostat.


      From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Easy Talk
      Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 10:40 AM
      To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
      Subject: [tabi] Re: Ways to lower your energy bill - Sunday, 

      Here is a update on my efforts to cut down on my electric bill.  Remember 
I posted about purchasing two oil filled radiators and using one in the kitchen 
and the other in our bed room up stairs which is near the thermostat. This 
month our electric cost dropped $117.00 about 38 percent less than last month. 
October was $308 and this month was $191.00.  Our entire bill last month was 
around $420 and this month it was $306.  I think this is the lowest bill we 
have ever had.  I am sure it won't be as good during colder months but hay I'll 
take what I can.


        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: Allison and Chip Orange 
        To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
        Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010 9:24 PM
        Subject: [tabi] Re: Ways to lower your energy bill - Sunday, 

        it's pretty tough on renters, because almost everything you can do, 
other than changing your thermostat (other than Robert that is), involves 
spending money on appliances and the house, which you can't really do, and can 
very seldom get the owner to do.  There is a program called LIHEAP which does 
help those near the poverty line with their energy bills, regardless of whether 
your a renter or an owner, and I think receiving SSDI or SSI may automatically 
qualify you for it.  call the city and ask about LIHEAP (low income home energy 
assistance program).

        I will try and find info on this, but I recall some business 
advertising that they could do something to your windows (sealing them, or 
putting a film on them), to make them more energy efficient, without you having 
to spend too much money.  There was an article recently pointing out the rising 
per centage of your electricity which is used by TVs stereos computers, and 
other home electronics; especially when they're in a stand by mode, waiting to 
be activated.  so, if you have something like a large screen tv, which is very 
warm even when you're not watching it, then maybe consider unplugging it.

        Also, ask the city if an energy audit is offered to renters; maybe they 
can find places to add weather stripping say, and other changes, which aren't 
expensive, but which make a big difference.





        From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Darla J. Rogers
        Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010 8:35 PM
        To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Subject: [tabi] Re: Ways to lower your energy bill - Sunday, 

        Hi Lynn,

        Hmm; sounds good.  Maybe we renters can find some tips that we can use, 


          ----- Original Message ----- 
          From: Lynn Evans 
          To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
          Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010 7:25 PM
          Subject: [tabi] Ways to lower your energy bill - Sunday, 

          Hello gang: 

          Just in time for the energy debate. It's Kim Komando's cool site of 
the day!


          Winter is on the way. For many people that means increased energy use 
to combat the cold. And that means you're spending more money.

          Using energy more efficiently can help save you money. But figuring 
out how to be more efficient is tough. Fortunately, you don't have to do it 

          Microsoft has an energy-calculating site called Hohm. Just enter your 
house's street address. Hohm will pull its estimated energy use based on public 
records. You can also enter more specific information for a better estimate.

          Hohm provides an energy cost breakdown. That helps you see where your 
energy is going. It then offers some helpful solutions. That includes current 
tax credits for replacing inefficient appliances. Or it might suggest 
procedures for sealing up air leaks. There are dozens of things you can try.

          You will need to sign in to get the solutions. However, it only 
requires a free Microsoft Live account. If you have a Hotmail account you can 
use that.


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