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

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 15:17:25 -0500

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 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 -

                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
                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 -
                Hi Lynn,
                Hmm; sounds good.  Maybe we renters can find some tips
that we can use, too.

                        ----- Original Message ----- 
                        From: Lynn Evans <mailto:evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx>

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

                        Hello gang: 
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