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

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2010 14:43:06 -0500

sure Lynn; this is why I brought it up, because not many people know
about them, and I understand they've changed a lot since they first came
out many years ago.
Now they're just like any other mattress pad (that is, a sort of blanket
with big elastic corners to hold it directly on the mattress, and then
your bottom sheet goes on top of it).
They're quite padded, and so the little embedded wires aren't noticable
at all.
At the center of the side which is the foot is a plug where the electric
cord plugs into it, and those wires run to a pair of remote controls for
each side, and one of those has a cord which plugs into the wall.
The basic ones have an on/off electronic button, and a preheat
electronic button, and a wheel you turn to set the temp from low to
high.  the preheat button will operate the blanket on high for something
like 30 minutes to warm up the bed, then let the temp setting of the
wheel take over for the rest of the night.
they all seem to have an automatic shutoff after ten hours (so I'd guess
it's a law as a safety requirement), so you'll not need to worry about
leaving it on and wasting energy.
I think we usually buy sunbeam.


        From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Lynn Evans
        Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 1:47 PM
        To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Subject: [tabi] Re: Ways to lower your energy bill - Sunday, 
        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 <mailto:easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>  
                To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
                Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 6:22 AM
                Subject: [tabi] Re: Ways to lower your energy bill -

                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 think.
                        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
                                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


                                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, too.

                                ----- 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, 

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