Wednesday, August 6, 2008

My Little Experiment

Everytime I go to the grocery store, I literally gasp at the prices, they are rising so fast that there is always something new that has increased in price since i last bought it.

Even though we are seeing a decrease in gas prices, it is small comfort, i really doubt we will see them drop to what they were before all the craziness started. This craziness is what has inspired me to do something about the rising costs, even though it is a small change, it is a change non the less. Baby steps. I am have been experimenting.

For the last 3 weeks or so, i have been unplugging stuff. It is a rather pesty thing to do, especially with the television, but i am determined, and have already seen a big differance in the electric bill.

About 6 weeks ago, we brought a HD Flat Screen TV into the house, one night i was talking to my sister who also has one. She told me that she unplugs hers every night because these televisions use 3 times the electricity than the old ones.

So, i started unplugging mine, which is a pain because i also unplug the cable box, it loses the tv guide for an hour or so everytime it is unplugged, so we never know what is airing when we sit down to watch it. I unplug the microwave, the toaster, the upstairs tv and cable box, the Cd player, the computer, and anything else i find plugged in that we don`t need at the moment.

Did you know that most everything electrical draws electricity even when it is`nt turned on or being used? Well, it does. Before i started unplugging, i`d lay in bed envisioning the electric meter turning and turning all night long. Do i need a life or what? It started bothering me.

The electric bill arrived. Last month my electric bill was $60.00. The month before it was $119.00. Whoa! Now, i don`t know if that big drop was due to my incessant unplugging, but it had to have helped quite a bit. So, i am continuing this unplugging experiment and anxiously await the next bill.

Think of all the expensive gas I can buy now with my electricity savings!


noble pig said...

You know I've heard of this but never tried it. It's probably worth it since our electric bill is about $700 a month, I kid you not.

Patty said...

that is a big savings. My uncle always did that and we thought he was crazy, but guess he was way ahead of his time.
I may just start unplugging....

sulli said...

Thats quite a savings! I think Ill try it too.

Bec said...

Wow, I'm going to start now - we have two high def t.v.s so I'm sure we're wasting a lot of money!

Jettied said... works..I know!!

Dana Jones said...

some people think that constant electric field that we live in is what is causing cancer to be so rampant. Hmm?

save money and reduce the risk of cancer? I might try it too. I'd like to start by unplugging my alarm clock