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  •  Definitely worthwhile.... (3+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne, ornerydad, OpherGopher

    to pay attention to the number of KWh that you use on a monthly basis as well as the $ amount of the bill.  The monthly rates around the country are all over the place, and there are taxes and fees and other such things, and rates and taxes do change from time to time.  Where we live, the electric utilities are to be deregulated in 2010, so I expect the rates to jump substantially at that point.  Right now, the base rate is something like 6 cents/KWh, which I gather is close to the cheapest in the nation.

    Even this is misleading though.  I took the trouble of going through the electric bill with a fine toothed comb, and once you add in all of the taxes and riders, we are closer to 9 cents/KWh for the first 800KWh and 10 cents/KWh for anything over this (plus about $7.50 fixed cost/month).

    Before I moved in with my girlfriend, I was down to about 2-300 KWh/month in my townhome.   I am putting in CF bulbs all over the place in my girlfriend's house now to try and get usage down there too.  I still have my place, but the fridge & furnace (with heat turned down) still draw 150 KWh/month.

    Comparing one house to the next is a bit hard though.  My house has an electric dryer - hers has a gas dryer.  Mine has a gas furnace, hers has an electric heat pump with a gas backup.   Still, by watching the KWh and therms (for gas), you can get a feel for what your usage trends are, and get a sense of how much progress you are making.

    •  Deregulation (0+ / 0-)

      brought 15c/kWh to Dallas, TX.

    •  Maybe sometime this century (2+ / 0-)
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      tmo, OpherGopher

      We will get the Fed Govt to subsidize installation of those handy fixtures that have been around for decades: the thermostat shows your kwh consumption on a constant readout - - like the miles/gallon readout on newer car dashboards.

      Hope is, after all, the currency of popular politics, and a coin surprisingly hard to devalue. -- Fred Anderson, Crucible of War

      by ornerydad on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 06:10:29 AM PST

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