So, how does one spend $56 per month for electricity in a house full of three adults?
- Living in Florida helps, at least in the winter. We haven't used the heat yet. With daily highs in the low 80s last week I started to worry we were going to need the A/C.
- Speaking of A/C, we haven't used it since early October. That's what ceiling fans are for.
- Not having Internet at home means our laptops aren't draining. They get charged at the library when we access the Internet there.
- Not having cable TV means we don't use the one TV we have that often. The TV is usually on for a couple hours at night, that's all.
- I have a strict rule about the clothes dryer: We only use it to dry socks and towels. We wouldn't dry those except the high humidity in the South means they absolutely won't dry before they start stinking. We use a drying rack I bought at IKEA to dry all our clothes. As a side benefit, our clothes last forever because we aren't subjecting them to hellish temperatures all the time.
Of course, we still spend nearly $2 per day for electricity. I would love to cut that in half, but it would be difficult to do. We are cooking our meals at home more and more, so I would wager most of the electricity we use is for cooking and heating water. I've considered getting a tankless water heater but haven't been able to justify the expense of switching yet.