Well, I can say that it’s pretty ugly.¬† Gas + Electric more than $1000.00 a month.¬† I wondered if I could do anything about it, so I took a look at a few things and figured, why not give it a shot?¬† Worse Case, I hate the implementations and I undo my actions.
I went to Costco and bought about 50 Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs and just started swapping them out throughout my whole house.¬† Figuring 350 Watts was better than 5000 watts.¬† Well, needless to say, the electric portion of the bill dropped A LOT.¬† My Electric went from $500.00 per bill to about $235.00.¬† There’s one thing I don’t like about the new bulbs; the color.¬† It’s a little too “cold”, but for that kind of savings, I’ll live with it.¬† I looked into LEDs, but the lumens per watt vs. price just wasn’t there yet.¬† I figure it took about 2 months to pay off the bulbs in savings alone!¬† YAY!¬† New York for the highest energy rates in the country!
Gas.. The other ugly thing.¬† I’m planning on putting in 2 On-Demand Hot Water Heaters in a parallel circuit to help replace the 75 Gallon Water Heater I currently have.¬† It seems a little extreme considering there are only 3 people in the house, but I do have 2 guest rooms.¬† I’d rather be safe than sorry.¬† They’ll cost about¬† $2500.00 for the pair + labor and some piping and electrical work.¬† I own a construction company so it’ll be cheap enough if I let my crews do it or I just might do it myself out of boredom.¬† That should take another $100 or so off my bill a month.¬† That’ll pay for itself in about a year or less I figure.
My end goal is to bring down my bill to about $300-400 per month.¬† I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do it, but I figure it’ll be a good start.