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At home I spend around 3000 Baht which is just under US$ 100 per month.
I have many aircons but only use the one at night normally.
How much do you spend and what consumes that amount?
Doing all this we haven't had a noticeable electricity rise in 5 years.
So hoping when it comes round to this years monthly budget payment will go below $300.00 per month.
Since I work at home I'm running several servers and computers here. They're all on 24/7 except my laptop.
My condo is very well insulated and gets no direct sunlight which helps keep things cooler than average.
So average summer bill this past year was $360 USD. Average non-summer bill this fall and winter has been $240 USD.
Florida Power & Light adds an oil surcharge as-needed, and it's varied with the price of oil. The past year has been a bit more expensive than recent previous years.
"off the grid"
Solar panel and a few deep cycle batteries give me all the light I need (fluorescent tubes) with enough to run battery chargers and a small fan in the summer. A 12v pump provides water from a 750 gallon tank outside for sink and shower. Propane and a radiant heater, and a few good blankets, provide enough warmth.
I have run a laptop at night, with three or four hours of service.
My electric bill is quite low for lack of appliances....LOL.... maybe 50 euros per month.
But, perhaps we should also express our power bills in relation to what percentage of our earnings they cost us.
I don't know how many dollars, pounds sterling, baht, dollars Au, anyone earns.
So, 50 euros per month is equivalent to one tenth of the average/good apartment rental fees around here. Rental fees which could account for, maybe, two thirds of your earnings, or more!
Just a thought...
I just changed to a heated mattress pad, thinking if my bed is warm, I can drop the rest of the house into the 50s at night.
Our summer bills are usually around $20 or lower, because Southern California Edison has a great deal. You can get a discount (varying levels, but I think we have the 25% discount) on your monthly bills during the summer if you let them install a little device on your A/C so they can turn it off during crisis periods. You get the discount, even if they don't need to turn it off. We've been on the program 2 summers and they have never turned it off.
One month we even had a negative balance between the discount and some sort of credit SCE issued because the electricity was off for several more hours than expected during a "routine" upgrade.
I'd be interested in going the solar route, but I doubt our HOA would approve it- they are very strict against doing anything to the exterior of the houses.
I'd be interested in going solar but we have very little south-facing roof surface due to the "cottage" style roof and shape. The panels I've seen are either all big rectangles or they look like shingles. I don't consider the ones that look like shingles to be that good a choice because they generate quite a bit less electricity than the big "old school" style collectors. Who knows maybe we will put up what solar we can...
[edited by: Swanny007 at 12:43 am (utc) on Feb. 3, 2009]
A tip NEVER buy anything for your House heating/electricity that has something to do with Oil or Gas then you are on a good way.
Now a days, you can get heating/cooling from Air/earth/sun so why choice anything else.
[edited by: lawman at 11:46 am (utc) on Feb. 4, 2009]
Marconi- radio (EU)
Baird- TV (EU)
CERN- Internet (EU)
Ancient Greece (if you discount slaves as people, but then didn't everybody?)- Democracy (EU)
Blethley Park- computing/code breaking (EU)
So given we have radio, TV and the internet, what are you laying claim to?
Besides, zeus was talking about "green" technology, which the US might have lead had their government not been in denial about the problem for the last 8 years. But, like the car industry, is only belatedly incorporating into the mainstream in the way Europe has for at least a decade.
I'm interested if others have a similar system in their electricity billing. Here the companies make an estimation on the use of electricity per year, that (I think) is based on readings from previous year and bill you accordingly for the entire year. At the end of the year they check their readings and either bill you more or refund the amount you have overpaid.
$142 for 2 months (Canadian dollars, that would equal $115 US). In the summer when we turn the air conditioning on, it goes up to $225 for 2 months. Its a 3000 square foot home and we are careful not to waste too much and we have invested a large chunk of money into new air conditioning, new windows and energy efficient light bulbs to keep costs down. But I do have computers and a ginormous television that are well used.
The second part of the question, its going up very slowly, our electricity is heavily regulated here in Ontario.