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Old 10-29-2013, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Set your thermostat to 80 in the summer and 70 in the winter.. that's gonna bring the most bang for the buck.

Your choice of car is fine if it's not in need of any major repairs.
Setting your thermostat to 80F along the Gulf coast in summer will pretty much guarantee you a mold/mildew/humidity problem in a reasonably well-sealed house because the heat pump won't be running enough to knock back the incessant humidity. So you're looking at turning around and running a dehumidifer along with the AC, and you're not really going to get much energy savings at that point.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:33 PM
 
Location: NJ
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im not a big fan of the "if you want to save money on utilities, be uncomfortable" way of thinking. I like the idea of getting on of those wifi thermostats so I can make sure the HVAC isn't working too much when nobody is home but when im home I want to be comfortable.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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im not a big fan of the "if you want to save money on utilities, be uncomfortable" way of thinking. I like the idea of getting on of those wifi thermostats so I can make sure the HVAC isn't working too much when nobody is home but when im home I want to be comfortable.
Agreed. I'm not going to keep my AC set at 80 in the Summer and be warm and miserable just to save a few bucks. But I do keep lights turned off when I'm not in a room and most of my appliances are unplugged when not in use - it is amazing how much energy things can use just by being plugged in. In short, I am conscious about the energy I use in the house, but I refuse to be uncomfortable just because it might cost me a few dollars less.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:19 PM
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lower the water in your toilet bowl.
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:02 PM
 
Location: NJ
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lower the water in your toilet bowl.
you can pee in your sink and use 1 cup of water to rinse it. if a typical flush is 1 gallon of water, an 8oz cup will save you about 93% of water used.
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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I hope CaptainNJ is joking on his last post. I always used to hear - concerning saving water - If it's yellow let it mellow - If it's brown flush it down
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:33 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I hope CaptainNJ is joking on his last post. I always used to hear - concerning saving water - If it's yellow let it mellow - If it's brown flush it down
haha yeah, its something i throw out there whenever people start getting a little nuts on saving a few bucks on utilities.

but hey, it is a 93% savings!
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:45 PM
 
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I'm listening, guys, keep the energy saving ideas flowing. Our last electric & water bill (it's a combined utility where we live) was $204!!

We have new models HE washer and dryer, and we don't even have A/C (we're in Oregon), but our kitchen appliances are old. We're planning to replace them when we do the kitchen remodel next year. We haven't had to use the heat yet, but we currently have electric heaters built into the wall. (We're looking at getting ductless heat and A/C put in.)

I love my long hot showers, though - what can you do about that?
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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For the shower - maybe a low-flow shower head if that does not kill the joy for you. If it does, I guess you just have to pay to play. One overall possibility is to go to a ground-source heat pump, do the full meal deal and get it with the water heater tied in so during A/C season the heat removed from the house goes (in part) to the water heater. You can also consider a heat-pump type water heater for a lot lower initial investment.

Depending on how old your kitchen appliances are, you may or may not save much by replacing them. The payback time to recover the cost of a new fridge that replaced an older but less efficient one that still worked is going to be long. An electric range replacement is not likely to save much - the kW to BTU conversion is what it is, same with microwave. Dishwasher, if less than say 20 years old, is probably nearly as efficient as new.

I mean, hey, if you cook a lot and just want a nicer kitchen to work in, fine, do it. But realize it's not likely to save much $.
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:53 AM
 
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I was watching this old house yesterday and those guys were all excited about installing tankless water heaters. Said they cost a bit upfront unless your local gov does rebates, but they last much longer than traditional tank style water heaters plus they save you $$ so they more than pay for themselves in the long-run.
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