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Old 01-24-2015, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Sounds great urbo2705

When you say the utilities are more expensive than average... Could you give me a number? I'm in NOLA right now and my electric bill is $200 pretty much year round (minus a couple of months where its just so nice you don't need no heat/cool air)

Hopefully my toddler will outgrow the urge of touching everything/pulling every single book from the shelves and we will hang out at the library next winter
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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My electric costs .175 per KWH (including fees) from Green Mtn Power. The actual stated rate per KWH is less but after fees, this is what it comes down to.
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Old 01-24-2015, 12:08 PM
 
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Love this! Some really good advice here. I especially love the post about the library! Two of my daughters and I will read almost anything we can get our hands on, but would have never thought about the library being a social place. That makes me very happy!!
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Old 01-24-2015, 05:00 PM
 
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Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos blogged about reducing his utility bills by 80%. If you have control over your utilities (i.e., not included in the rent), look at reductions-- just like a washing machine, a dishwasher apparently cleans dishes just as well on cold water as hot; get rid of the "standby" items-- use a master switch to turn off everything in a room (flat screen TV standby modes, transformers/power packs, all those little electrical gadgets that don't need to be on). Don't own a TV-- not only will you save money, but they are just as poisonous to the mind as cigarettes are to the lungs-- read up on media literacy to find out how bad they are: "The more you watch, the less you know." Electric or gas stove? If you can replace it with an induction stove, it'll pay back its cost in only three years. Same with the refrigerator-- Old ones will cost $25 or more per month for electricity than the energy-savers.

And if you get your own place, you can do your own solar hot-water system pretty cheaply as well.

I know someone who is extremely basic with electricity-- one 500 watt panel and a 1000 watt inverter for AC-- who powers everything--and it's only the basics-- for $8 per month (over a 20-year life span). She admits that if she upgraded to handle a wash machine, she'd probably be spending $20 a month. Her last electric bill was in 1978-- $25. I envy her.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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The Public Service Department publishes a fuel price report that covers prices of various energy sources, broken down by BTU so you can compare heating costs across fuel type.

Vermont Fuel Price Report | Public Service Department
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:14 AM
 
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Someone shared this on Facebook today and thought it was fitting for this thread!
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:32 PM
 
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I saw that! Lol, is the love of goat cheese, true? Haha
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:40 PM
 
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Being from Quebec I recognize myself in a lot of that lol!
I've always loved cider (pear, peach, apple, gimme soooome!!!) and a good beer, but really, there's nothing better than toast with goat cheese, walnuts and maple syrup!!!!!!
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Old 01-27-2015, 05:18 AM
 
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Being from Quebec I recognize myself in a lot of that lol!
I've always loved cider (pear, peach, apple, gimme soooome!!!) and a good beer, but really, there's nothing better than toast with goat cheese, walnuts and maple syrup!!!!!!
Okay that sounds pretty tasty. I've never had that exact combo. Gonna have to try it.
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Old 01-27-2015, 06:37 AM
 
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Yes Toast the bread than spread the goat cheese, drizzle (or drown) in maple syrup and put some walnuts on top... Then put in the oven for a few minutes so that the goat cheese warms up... OH MY!
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