Folks who try it are amazed by the small amount of savings they get. Their plan is to cut all the power off when they leave home for the workday or while they sleep.
The problem is we don’t use power by the hour.
Folks want to know why they don’t save much money by shutting off the power to their home. They figure that if the shut all the power off for twelve hours that they should save 12/24 of their electric bill.
People use electrical energy when they are there to use it. Very little power is used when no one is home.
A couple of lists will help understand the situation.
Make two lists of things that use electric power in your home. The lists might look like this: (yours will be different)
Things that use electrical power while you are home and awake:
Games for TV
CD player / Stereo
Coffee maker in use
Electric fry pan
Refrigerator - door opened occasionally
Freezer - door opened occasionally
Furnace - heat turned up
Air conditioner - temperature set lower
Water Heater – using water
Now List Number Two
Things that use power when you are asleep or away from home:
Refrigerator – door not opened
Freezer – not opened
Furnace - heat turned down
Air conditioner – temperature set higher
Water Heater - not using water
Switching all the power off only shuts off the items on the short list so it reduces your bill by a much smaller fraction than 12/24 hours you had hoped for.
Yes, you will save some money by shutting the power off, but it will only be a small fraction of your total bill. The question may be, is it worth the hassle of resetting clocks and such. That is up to you.
Beware of food spoiling in hot weather. The cost of food is so high that wasting some might wipe out all the savings on the electric bill and then some.
I suggest that you leave the power on, but unplug stuff that you don’t want wasting money while you are away from home.
by Birney Summers – 2009 All Rights Reserved