General Disclaimer: Get Rich Slowly is an independent website managed by J.D. Roth, who is not a trained financial expert. His knowledge comes from the school of hard knocks. He does his best to provide accurate, useful info, but makes no guarantee that all readers will achieve the same level of success. If you have questions, consult a trained professional.
I had an energy management computer installed on my house in Arizona. Company who installed it is called Advanced Home Systems (www.cheaperutilitybill.com). Some friends told my wife and I about this and it has literally changed our life. Conventional thought process on lowering your utility bills is to use electricity. An energy management computer lets you use the same or more energy but at a lower cost. I know, sounds too good to be true or a gimmick. Former CEO of APS (largest electric co. in AZ) has it on his home. My summer bills used to be around $450 (2600 sf with a pool). My new bills this summer were under $300. And, I used to keep my house around 81 degrees during the day. I now keep my house at 72 degrees 24/7 and still saved that much money. Again, sounds too good to be true. Check out the website and read about this. Energy computers are not a new concept, they are just traditionally used by larger businesses and not residential customers.
In one townhouse that I rented, I had an attic with permanent walk-up stairs, and the attic was pretty big. I hammered some nails into the cross-beams and got a clothesline from a hardware store. It was the PERFECT place to dry clothes in warmer months, especially since I didn’t have a washer or dryer anyway so this method saved me lots of quarters at the laundromat!

In one townhouse that I rented, I had an attic with permanent walk-up stairs, and the attic was pretty big. I hammered some nails into the cross-beams and got a clothesline from a hardware store. It was the PERFECT place to dry clothes in warmer months, especially since I didn’t have a washer or dryer anyway so this method saved me lots of quarters at the laundromat!
As a result, the cost to cool our house is getting obscene. We could dial the temp up to 80 degrees, put a kiddie pool in the living room, and buy some Misty Mates from HSN, but I’m not willing to go there. I work from home, and I won’t be miserable to save a few bucks. I’m also not going to buy a new refrigerator just to save $72 over the course of a year, install a programmable thermostat when ours works fine, or purchase a new washing machine with energy-efficient motors and pumps. If I needed new appliances, sure, I’d check out energy-efficient models, but ours are all sufficient.
Place your bowls and cups on the top row. Cups should face down and bowls at a slanted downward angle. If you don't face rounded items downward, water will get caught inside them and may not reach the lower dishes as much as it needs to. A similar effect occurs when you place bowls and cups on the lower rack, as they'll catch water when facing upwards and block water from the top rack when facing downwards. Always load them up top. Additionally, tupperware and other thin plastics belong up top as well, regardless of their shape. The heat from the washing machine can warp them, and that's less likely to happen on the top rack.
ElectricityPlans.com fully vets their plans to ensure that there are no teaser rates, no hidden fees, and no surprises. We present all of the information you need to make a good decision about your electricity plan in an easy-to-understand format. You simply need to click on the Plan Details and Pricing for any electricity plans you want to compare and we’ll show you exactly how the average price per kWh is calculated.
Dishwashers require some heat to do a good job. Part of the cleaning process requires quite a bit of hot water. That said, drying your dishes doesn't. Most machines employ a heated dry method that you can disable. Heated drying helps prevent water spots on your dishes, but so do rinsing agents like Jet Dry. If you already use a rinsing agent, you can forego the heated dry method. This is because rinsing agents coat your dishes and make it difficult for water to stick to them for a limited time. Your dishwasher releases the agent later in the cycle so it can clean effectively first, too, so you don't have to worry about water being repelled at the wrong time. If you've never used a rinsing agent before, it's very easy. You simply look for a small, often circular cap on your dishwasher's door, unscrew it, and load it up with your rinsing agent until full. Then just stop the dishwasher once it enters the heated dry stage and let everything dry on its own.
My experience is similar in the PNW- we get maybe a couple months of 80 degree weather, and usually one week of mid-upper nineties, that’s it. If I can get my family to deal with that one week a year, we make it through without even installing the window air conditioners for the year. 80 degrees is not be ideal, but it is doable. Its also nice, after sweating the whole afternoon, to enjoy a cold beer while watching the sunset outside. It wouldn’t taste as good if we’d spent the whole day in an air conditioned house :) Again – not applicable to Texas (or similar) residents…
Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of the umbrella is its solar cell, located at the very top of the structure. This cell takes in sunlight throughout the day, and at night, provides the energy needed to power the LED lights on the interior of the umbrella to help "add a gentle ambiance to your evening gathering." Those 40 solar-powered lights will keep any party going, night or day, and offer an almost ethereal quality.
I just wanted to mention a few words about appliances. We recently replaced our dozen year old Kenmore dishwasher with an Energy Star WHirlpool Gold. The Kenmore was actually still working fine but the racks had rusted and replacing them would cost more than we paid for the whole dishwasher, we figured since the DW was older there was no point sinking $400 into it.
Frequently there are tax advantages to updating your home with more energy-efficient items from appliances to windows and doors. Consult your tax preparer to see which items offer a tax credit this year. Make lifestyle changes for using your appliances, such as washing clothes or dishes in the mornings before your air conditioner is fighting to cool the house. Also, consider grilling out more during the summer to avoid baking in the oven.

Canadian electricity is cheap at 10 US cents per kilowatt hour, which is reflected in their high average electricity usage. US electricity prices at 0.12 $/kWh are also quite cheap internationally. In India and China they are very cheap. The USA is in the middle at 10 cents. It’s relatively expensive globally but not too bad for Europe, where most countries pay a high share of tax on their power.
×