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Taming Your Wasted Energy and a Giveaway!!

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You know what happens when you lose internet for 2 weeks, your stuck inside due to the CONSTANT snow and you end up with an electricity usage monitor in your hands??  If you’re anything like me, you go a little crazy!!  Stick a pair of sneakers on me and I’m not exactly the most competitive person, but hand me a scavenger hunt, a checklist or any other type of mental challenge and I am all over it!

So my kids and I grabbed the Kill-a-Watt Electricity Usage Monitor and we made a game of it!  There are lots of features on this handy gadget, but don’t overwhelm yourself trying to figure them all out.  For us, we were only worried about trying to save money on our monthly electricity bill, so all we focused on was the kWh button.

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Here are the highly detailed instructions for using this little baby (wink, wink):

1) Plug the Kill-a-Watt monitor into an outlet

2) Plug your device into the Kill-a-Watt monitor

3) Wait an hour for hourly usage or 24 hours for daily usage (we just waited an hour because even that is pushing our attention span)

4) Write down the number and move on to your next device!

I created this form for my kids and I use so we could track exactly what devices in our house were using the most electricity.  I saved it as a printable for you guys, so just click on the picture and you can print it right out!

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I left some of the spaces blank so you can fill them in with the devices specific to your house.  You know, since not everybody’s list would include a disco ball and karaoke machine!

I will say, that we had to print this list out a number of times because we just didn’t realize how many devices we had!  So much energy being sucked out (and paid for!) all from devices that we left plugged in even if we would go days or weeks in between using them!

My kids LOVED running around the house, checking their list and coming back an hour later to fill it out!  they were determined to finish this off and we were all amazed at some of the items that were sucking a surprising amount of electricity even when we weren’t using them!  There’s the phantom power again!

So, based on our list, we made some changes and are all getting much better at unplugging items when they aren’t in use.  We’re also being more aware of when we can use appliances at the same time.  Just the other day, my son was putting a piece of cinnamon bread in the toaster oven while my daughter was putting the exact same thing in the toaster!  Palm to the forehead, I tell ya!  BUT… they caught themselves without me making a peep, and both ended up using the toaster oven on one cycle rather than both appliances!  And I could hear them talking the whole time about “remember that chart, Emma!  Don’t make our number go up!”!!  Haha, my palm came down from my forehead to cover my giggles from the other room!

We’re all excited to see our electric bill in the next couple months to see what a difference it made!

Once you know what to look for, it’s easy to take the next steps!

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While you’re here, check out my previous posts on the other ways we’ve been reducing our electric bill!

Saving Electricity in Decorating

Saving Electricity while Cooking

Weather-proofing the house

Annette

Wednesday 26th of February 2014

To save on electricity, I unplug unused appliances.

Kimberly

Monday 24th of February 2014

We like to keep things on a single power strip to easily turn them off.

shawna g

Sunday 23rd of February 2014

we use programmable thermostats to turn down the heat while we sleep or are away from home

Birdiebee

Friday 21st of February 2014

I have unplugged everything I can remember to do as a few years back, my television and computer got the life zapped out of them (even with a so-called surge protector) and I had to replace them. I now get in the habit of unplugging my life when I am done using something. As far as other ways to save electricity, I never do a half load of dishes in the dishwasher or a half load of laundry. I wait until I have a full load of anything, then run it. I do not use the dryer on dishwasher and let the dishes air dry by opening the door when done washing. I also hang my shirts and other clothing items after 10 minutes in the dryer to save running the drying for any length of time. In addition, I put a dry towel in the dryer with my wet clothes( take out after 15-20 minutes) for faster drying time.

April

Friday 21st of February 2014

Turning out lights and unplugging electronics. Line dry clothes when I can. Turn my computer off at night. Thanks for the tips!