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It’s that time of year again…

April 3, 2011

Last summer (our first summer in our house in Texas) we were concerned about our electric bill. It gets pretty hot here and That Daddy and I weren’t too keen on the idea of paying $300 electric bills to keep our house cool. We made the executive decision to have the air set at 80 upstairs which kept the downstairs lower than 80 (most of the time). I also decided that since it gets so stinking hot outside that most laundry will be dried outside (or dried at night) so we wouldn’t make the house any warmer than we had to. It’s not summer yet according to the calendar but we have already had at least one day over 90. The towels didn’t fully dry outside, but after a quick run through the dryer (to keep them fluffy) they got to finish their drying outside yesterday. It’s that time of year again.


Note the pots of dirt…those will hold some sort of edible at some point. I didn’t start our seeds until last week.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. kimberly corder permalink
    April 3, 2011 8:44 pm

    i wish we could do this. our ac is set on 70 if we are lucky. sometimes lower! can you believe that. and yes our bill is ridiculous. what else are you doing to cut electric costs. maybe i can use some of those. i noticed your fence, i assume it hides the laundry. our community has a no clothesline rule. dumb i know. i use a little drying rack for diapers but i would love a line!!

  2. April 3, 2011 9:05 pm

    I’m not even sure what the rules are in our neighborhood regarding clothes lines, but our fence does hide it (and it’s retractable).
    I try to keep most of the lights off during the day and I make sure the blinds are closed on the side of the house that is getting direct sun light. It helps that the front of our house (guest room, extra room, sewing room, office and garage) gets the afternoon sun and the main living areas (kitchen and living room) get the morning sun. I would much rather keep our AC lower, but I’m not interested in higher bills. I do try to keep unused appliances unplugged (it’s supposed to help). Last summer we also tracked the temperature of our attic to see how hot it got. It never was much over 120 during the hottest part of the summer. Had it gotten over 120 for an extended period of time we would have put in a fan to circulate the air out of the attic because it helps with the entire house’s temperature.

    • kimberly corder permalink
      April 6, 2011 8:58 am

      you are so smart!! i really need to be more proactive. i met a girl monday night that has a friend that actually turns his main breaker off EVERY night when he goes to sleep to save. can you
      believe that?

      • April 6, 2011 10:00 am

        We have some friends that turn the breaker off to their hot water heater at night and have saved a ton. As of right now I’m not ready to go to that extreme. I won’t say never, though, because that just leads to me proving myself wrong.

  3. kimberly corder permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:19 pm

    thats how this guy got started. it was his hw heater then the whole breaker. 🙂

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