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1/11/18 7:09 P

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That is ridiculous that they charge taxes for solar power. I don't think they charge taxes here for it, but it is required to be hooked up to the power company where you live (different in different areas of the state) and at least one of them charges more for those who use solar power. There is the advantage of you can sell back what you don't use. I'm sure it is at less than they charge for it. Also the cost of the panels is pretty high. My friends are paying $250/month for theirs and they have had them for almost 3 years.

I have put the plastic window film over my windows and got some curtains to put up on windows that didn't have any. My kitchen window has a roll down shade that I didn't realize, so I have pulled it down. I also usually put a "snake" wrapped in a towel in front of my door to block drafts.



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We had temps around Zero for 3 weeks....we still keep our thermostat at 68, even though it feels colder than that in the house.

Sunday it warmed up a bit, I loved the couple days of sunshine and temps in the 20's.

Today.....it is 36 degrees and raining. emoticon Good day for Genealogy!

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1/11/18 1:23 P

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Leona your son is right. Turn up the heater, because fixing frozen pipes is a lot more expensive.

Jackie, my son and I just had a passionate conversation about the stupidity of AZ charging a solar tax to you. grrrr

I am from Cali and I was raised to be very frugal (ie anal) about conservation; water, electricity. I set my thermostat to 65-67, but at night it goes off. (It's off right now too, and also when we leave the house; depending on the exterior temp). We have heating pads that go over the mattress for extreme cold nights and a ton of blankets on the bed.

Bulk cooking is done in batches after hours; as are laundry useage with cold water. I do laundry (washing/ironing) one day a week. My son and I take quick showers about 5-10 minutes.

This house we just bought needs some new windows, but for the size it is pretty good for energy. (not as good as the house we sold, but much better than the two rentals we had for two years).

I taped door ways, windows, outlets and light switches, to stop wind from blowing into the rental house. (it was awful!)

In the summer time we keep our AC to about 76-78 depending on the heat and humidity outside.

I know my bill is going to be expensive this month though; my heater wasn't working properly and the electric company is FORCING people to switch their street lights to LED so I had to pay EXTRA for the replacement and they leave them on for longer than I would leave them on. I don't get a switch to turn them on/off. =( So that will be an added extra expense. Plus, I have an extra frig running for all the eggs my chickens are laying. I may get rid of that old frig and get a small college dorm frig to save money.

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1/11/18 1:19 P

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Our home is an Energy Star home build in the 90's when there were credits for building with energy savings in mind. Even though it is an all electric home our bills are very reasonable. We get an atta boy from the electric company every month. We do a lot of things that have been mentioned here to save and keep the thermostat low and wear layers in winter. In summer we open windows at night and use fans to bring in the cool air and close windows early to keep out the heat. That way we only have to run the AC a few hours only on the hottest days.




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1/11/18 12:32 P

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We moved from MN to AZ 9 years ago and that was a BIG energy saver :) We bought a new home with energy saving built in. Led lights being one also one floor and unheated garage..

In our winter which usually has a week or so with nights in the 30's I draw our living room drapes at night, over a wall of windows for extra protection - I can feel that difference. We also added a great fireplace with blower in our great room (living, dining, office and kitchen). This is where we spend our time and are comfortable with only fireplace heat.

Two bedrooms and bath stay cool, but we have a space heater if needed. This winter we didn't need them so far. We also have a dual control electric blanket. I've not turned on my side, DH always has his side turned on. This is our only heat in the bedroom. We do have a furnace for our home, but only check it each year to make sure it is working if we need it. It should as it is new and never used.

We also have solar panels for our electricity which we love! We spend &58.00 each month to buy them for a 20 year program. And, we pay $10.00 to $15.00 a month to pay taxes on usage (of solar) :O

Summer heat is as important here as winter cold. We've not been here in the really hot weather, but kept our AC on to keep temps inside our empty home to 89 degrees. Next summer we'll be here most of it and will see how we manage and we'll have the AC at a much lower temperature for sure!...We have a ceiling fan in each room and will install one in our patio for more summer usage...Also, personal fans for me - DH loves to be hot :(

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1/11/18 10:59 A

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I'm fortunate to live in a mild climate. We have been very frugal in order to make it possible to retire. We insulated the house, changed out the windows, added a more efficient heating system, keep thermostats low, etc. I don't know what else we could do!

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1/11/18 10:12 A

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We don't have much cold weather, so my cloths go on the line. Since our house isn't made for the cold, I do put bubble wrap on the north facing windows to better insulate them. I also lock the kitty door so it doesn't blow open and shut.

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1/11/18 7:21 A

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My kitchen cold pipe froze a few weeks ago and my son said turn up the heat. I have the cabinet doors open but so much way below zero has caused many pipes to freeze and break in the area. I told him I was saving on the heat and he said do not worry about the bill because it is cheaper than frozen pipes. It is going to get way below zero again.

One year NSP (Northern States Power) said to keep the temp in the house lower and we did. Next year they raised the rates saying they did not make enough money. Last time I listened to them.

If one can save it is great but watch your health also.

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1/11/18 5:44 A

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I've done the Led light bulbs only put lights on when it's dark. I use timers on my lamps when I was working that way I didn't have to enter a dark apartment. Since I moved a year ago from that was a nightmare with electric I went from $250 plus a month to summer highest bill $75 . So I don't think much about it anymore. I'm sure there are more things I can do in the apartment though

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Walmart has the price of sixty-watt equivalent LED bulbs down to about a dollar forty a piece, so I've slowly been working on replacing all the incandescent bulbs in the house. We keep the central heat turned down and use space heaters in the rooms that we're in, turning them off when we leave. The water heater temp is turned down and we use cold water for most of the clothes washing. Hoodies and wool slipper socks are my friends. I'd like to switch to a geothermal heating/cooling system, but I'm too old to even break even on that deal at this point.

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I never seem to be able to cut my costs very much. I do only have cold water in the laundry (though that isn't for cutting energy costs -- hot water leaks). During the summer I am pretty much down to using one fan at a time. During winter I keep trying to lower the thermostat, but the house is always cold. I have recently read that lowering it just one degree saves so I did that. When I get cold I have been putting on a hoodie and getting under the covers.



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1/10/18 11:51 P

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We cut our gas costs but minimizing our use of hot water. We don't shower every day (we're not sweaty or exerting ourselves too much) and I only run the dishwasher when it is full, which is usually just 2-3 times a week. My clothes washer has a water miser built into it and only has cold water options for rinses. The other primary thing we have done is downsize to a smaller house, so our heating/cooling costs are lower. One thing we do not do is turn down the heat at night during the winter. I have occasional insomnia and lying awake in bed in order to stay warm drives me crazy. Also, just getting older had changed our preferences. But we have literally cut all of our living costs in half.

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Today is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. What suggestions do you have to cut our energy prices, especially with the colder weather recently experienced by much of the country?



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