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Old 11-08-2016, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Houston/The Hague
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I have an electricity plan that gives me a HUGE break on my rate as long as I use between 1000 and 2000 kWH per month. As in, my bill for 999 kWH would be over $100, but my bill for 1001 kWH is less than $19 (and my bill for 1999 kWH is about $35).

In the middle of summer, we blew through 2000 kWH a couple of months, but we've otherwise been able to keep in the "sweet spot" of electricity usage. However, last month we barely exceeded 1000 kWH. It's cooling off to the point where we won't be using the A/C much longer.

What is the easiest and safest way to waste electricity? We have gas furnaces (which are barely needed in Houston anyways, haha). One electric water heater, one gas one. Electric oven and drier.
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:20 PM
 
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I live in Houston and picked a plan that I wouldn't have to mess with this as not only is it wasteful but you are putting usage one some other appliance and as with the water heater you get to pay for the water as well
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Houston/The Hague
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I wouldn't have bothered, except in this case it was a dramatic savings during most of the year. During the shoulder months, this plan did encourage us to save electricity to stay under 2000.
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Old 11-08-2016, 05:15 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Stove Oven (Electric) Can be good draw's of power, that is Fairly Safe. That would be the fastest/easiest to do. It's One thing.

Trying TV, Lights Etc, Don't draw that much, that fast, so you would have to leave alot on for hours and hours .
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Old 11-08-2016, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Find someone with a moonshine operation and host an electric still. Resistance heating of any type is a safe way to increase your KWH number. You might as well put it to work. Personally, I would distill water. That is something of value that can be sold, and won't upset the Feds.
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Old 11-08-2016, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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That's easy. Get yourself a fish tank for a 55 gallon water storage container. Use a 500watts heater and set it to 80 degrees.


I used to breed discus and the bulk of the monthly cost was in water and electric bills.
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Old 11-08-2016, 06:06 PM
 
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I wouldn't have bothered, except in this case it was a dramatic savings during most of the year. During the shoulder months, this plan did encourage us to save electricity to stay under 2000.

You could conserve no matter the plan though and if you miss on a couple of these months did you really save? I think that's part of the plan when they sell these plans
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Old 11-09-2016, 10:32 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Put in a grow operation. That uses a lot of power. If you don't want to grow pot, grow orchids.
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Old 11-09-2016, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Tennessee at last!
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pool with heater

outside lighting as in flood lights

kiln, take up a ceramics hobby

pond with waterfall and pump
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Old 11-09-2016, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Turn on the heater and the air conditioner at the same time. Let them both run constantly - dueling utilities LOL.

This reminds me of when I had a condo in Davis, CA. They encouraged us to conserve water, but when I was too good at conserving water, I learned that they would actually charge me a surcharge for not using a minimum amount. How insane is that? That was around 1996. If I'm going to have to pay for water anyway, there's no incentive to conserve it.
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