I have really focused on saving electricity for the last year. I have had a 44% decrease in the amount of electricity I've used since Feb of last year. I have seen at least $100 to $150 a month savings on my utility bill. Some of the things that we've changed:
-We didn't turn on the air over the summer, instead we purchased a couple energy efficient fans that had a timer that turned off automatically.
- I got rid of an extra refrigerator.
-I turned the water heater down.
-Changed all the light bulbs
-I turned and unplugged appliances that aren't in use, especially the computer.
- The toughest part for me has been this winter. We live in northern Wisconsin where it gets to below zero frequently. However, we have the thermostat set from 50 to 55. Last year I insulated the outside of the house and put in all new windows. Everyone has extra sweaters, slippers and blankets. It really hasn't been too bad in the house.
All in all, it has been a learning experience for my family but when I go over my utility bill with them, they understand what the rewards can be.