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Old 08-29-2016, 09:00 AM
 
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I have diligently been trying to get my monthly electric bill to a reasonable cost all year. This year we have used 4086, 3180, 2206, 1398, 1351, 1303 (last year same month 1285) and 1599 (last year same month 1100) kWh.

So far this year I have done the following-

- changed 30 bulbs to led lights.
- had heat pump serviced.
- put a meter on all appliances to check usage. Nothing was alarming, including the well pump.
- applied for and had energy audit
- had $12k worth of weatherization, including insulation added to attic.

What should be the next step?
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:20 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I guess it depends on where you live.

I put solar screens on my house to try to save on my electric bill because my most expensive months are during the summer. So far I haven't seen any savings on my bills, but this summer is much hotter than last summer and my bill has only gone up $20/month when most of my neighbors are seeing their bills go up by $75 or $100.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:25 AM
 
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So you spent total of about $13 000 to lower your electric bill?

Depends on your house, maybe consider a pellet stove. You can also make your own pellets or buy them in bulk.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:26 AM
 
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I looked into solar panels but my house is in the woods, so was not a candidate.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:27 AM
 
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So you spent total of about $13 000 to lower your electric bill?

Depends on your house, maybe consider a pellet stove. You can also make your own pellets or buy them in bulk.
Thankfully only the LED bulbs were my cost. The state paid the bill for weatherization.

I have a propane gas insert in the fireplace. Between electric and propane, I easily pay $1000 a month for heat in the winter months.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:42 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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You might get some styrofoam insulation panels to fit inside your windows in the winter months. You can buy a big sheet for $15 at Home Depot and cut it to fit a window. It blocks a lot of cold from coming in that way but it will block light too.
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:53 AM
 
Location: USA
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Didn't you have a thread last year asking about this?
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Old 08-29-2016, 11:16 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I looked into solar panels but my house is in the woods, so was not a candidate.
turn the trees into firewood (i.e. heat) and add the solar

You don't mention where you live, or type of house.

I live in a moderate mtn zone and heat 4,000SF for 1/10th your costs. I built the joint 25 yrs ago, so it is showing it's age in heat loss. The worse mistake was installing Hardie about 10 yrs ago. Cement siding significantly drains the heat during 80 mph freezing winds.

next place will be earth sheltered (again.... did that back in 1970's)
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Thankfully only the LED bulbs were my cost. The state paid the bill for weatherization.

I have a propane gas insert in the fireplace. Between electric and propane, I easily pay $1000 a month for heat in the winter months.
A propane fireplace insert is not very cost effective. If you can convert to burn wood, that could save you some real money. It's work though. Or maybe coal.

If you are using electric resistance heat in winter, high efficiency appliances won't help you much, the juice they save goes to the heaters.
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:49 PM
 
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Thankfully only the LED bulbs were my cost. The state paid the bill for weatherization.

I have a propane gas insert in the fireplace. Between electric and propane, I easily pay $1000 a month for heat in the winter months.

How did you manage that? I don't mind "state" doing something similar.

So what good is propane insert? Propane prices around here are worse than electricity ones.
Also, think about it. Where does most of the heat produced by firelplace go? Exactly. Up the chimney or vent.
With pellet stove, you have it set as actual decorum piece somewhere where it radiates heat 360 degrees. In a 2 story house, according to laws of physics, heat goes up and heats up 2nd floor. Entire house actually has very nice dry heat.
Yes, it's a bit of a hassle. You have to dispose of burnt stuff and refill it routinely. But it is still very much so cheaper than anything else. Unless you have a wood burning formal fireplace designed to heat rooms.
Another source of heat is indoor oil burning furnace. As far as you have cheap oil supply.
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