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

  • From: "Darla J. Rogers" <djrogers0628@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 17:14:49 -0500

I'll cast my vote for electric mattress pads, and I'm happy to hear about the 

For about a year, I lived in a very, very old apartment in Moultrie which only 
had a gas space type heater; it would run you out of the house, even using its 
thermostat, so I turned the darn thing off at night and used my mattress pad, 
as I could put on long sleeves and be pretty comfortable in the daytime.

Chip is right: If one has back problems, the mattress pad is wonderful.


  ----- 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 


    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 


        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 alone.

        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 
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        Hohm provides an energy cost breakdown. That helps you see where your 
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        You will need to sign in to get the solutions. However, it only 
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use that.


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