Friday, 25 January 2013
THE SHOCKING TRUTH OF ELECTRICITY PRICES.
Joe Anglin is a Member of the Legislature of Alberta for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre. He also is a strong opponent of the governing Progressive Conservative Party's plan to export power to America and make us pay for the lines. In his YouTube presentation, Alberta Prices and Transmission Costs, a series of four videos, he describes in detail how the government has set up the system so that customers pay a higher price for electricity than they need to.
I was shocked when I saw how high my electricity bills had soared in 2012. A year earlier, my total charge was around $70.00. A year later, I was paying more than double that amount. Even with switching to LED lighting and turning off power bars in rooms where I usually didn't go, my bills remained painfully high.
While thinking over how I could lower my monthly bills, I realized that the gas heater might be able to warm the house sufficiently that I wouldn't need the furnace during the day. My practice of turning the thermostat down in the morning and up before bed is paying off. The December bill was around $87.00, a marked improvement from the previous year
Since natural gas is relatively cheap, I save money by not running the furnace fan all day. I need to do it at night as the bedroom doesn't have its own gas heater. Even so, the reduction inn power consumption is dramatic.
Adding to the savings is that I hang my clothes on a makeshift line in the basement. Dryers use too much electricity so I take advantage of my basement line.
Thanks to the folks at The Dollar Stretcher, I learned that putting bottles of water in the empty spaces in my fridge would help it run more efficiently. In addition, I have water in the event of a prolonged power outage. I use well water and the only way I can access the water is when the pump has electricity. This cold-saving method is another way that I try to save on my power bills.
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