Our home is all electric and it is up to us to manage our use and pay for it. We are anticipating using even more electricity in the future because we have been having chats about our next car purchase/lease being a traditional hybrid or plug in hybrid is the way to go at this time in our lives.
Electricity rates have gone up, the public utility is changing everyone to time of use plans at the beginning of March, and our city moved everyone to a secondary provider so it is all complicated in terms of charges.
I went online to the public utilities’ plan comparison tool which told me it wouldn’t be accurate because of the secondary energy provider. I’ve been unable to figure out the interaction of the two companies in terms of how we are charged despite having a Ph.D. and an affinity for math and complicated information. However I admit to a lack of interest in spending a lot of time on something that should be communicated so that it is easy to understand.
So I used the inaccurate comparison tool to pick the best time of use plan and went with it. They all have higher rates from 4 to 9 pm so that part is a wash. We will run the dishwasher and do laundry at low rate time but everything else pretty much is time independent or weather dependent although we could adjust the thermostat a bit more perhaps. We’ll see if it lowers our energy use and/or our energy cost.
We already improved our attic insulation and dealt with drafty windows and doors so no further gains to be had there.
I also got out the dishwasher, washing machine and dryer manuals and looked for possible setting changes to conserve energy. Made a few setting changes and again we shall see what happens.
It is also time to reschedule the electrician to come and replace more incandescent ceiling can lights with LED fixtures as the Covid infection rate is dropping and we have bought better masks so I feel comfortable having them in our home working.
We aren’t faced with the difficult choices I understand many European’s are having to make given the greatly increased cost of heating, etc. there but I would like to be a good steward of natural resources and our own resources.
Have you made any changes to reduce your energy use as prices have risen? Are you thinking about any others?