NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY

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BUDGET CUTS

1-10 ENERGY CONSERVATION

With energy costs going up every year, wouldn’t you like to know how you can cut your energy costs?  I know, me too!   Let’s see what we can learn.

Well there’s certainly something to be said for using less.  I’ve always believed the old saying waste not, want not. 

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.  – Vernon Howard

Today is NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY and we’re going to see if there are other ways to see a difference in our energy bill.

I’d recommend you purchase a programmable thermostat. There are lots of provincial rebates and coupons that help you save money when you purchase a new energy-efficient programmable thermostat.  Our furnaces in the winter and air conditioners in the summer can be real energy suckers – but oh we’d be so uncomfortable without them!

I like to use my crock pot for cooking instead of heating up the kitchen stove.  It uses less energy, true, but I use it because I’m more comfortable with a smaller appliance.  To be honest, I forget to plug it in half the time and we end up eating out at a restaurant – LOL!  Of course I don’t do it on purpose.  What an accusation to make of me!  😉

I have a friend who enjoys canning and it saves her a ton of money!  She recently canned her own shredded chicken as well as stock and broth.  She notes 3 reasons for canning:

1.  Canning is therapeutic.  It calms her nerves and brings her joy.  She enjoys carrying on the tradition that her grandmother began so many years ago.

2.  She likes knowing that using her own canned goods means there are no dyes or preservatives.

3.  It’s quite cost-effective.  She said she cooked 40 pounds of bone-in, antibiotic-free chicken that cost $55.85.  It yielded 20 pounds of cooked chicken and 11 quarts of beautiful chicken stock!  We all know how much it costs to buy one little can of chicken stock – even the store’s name brand.

Photos courtesy of Tanya Parrott Moder

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  He who does not economize will have to agonize.  – Confucius

There are hot water heaters you can buy that heat the water faster than water from a hot water tank.  If I understand correctly, you no longer need a tank – the water goes through the little tube thing and you have hot water in an instant.  Unfortunately, they cost quite a bit of money, but I wish we had one in our house because it takes a long time for the water to get warm in the shower at our house!  I don’t know how much water is wasted waiting, but it may be beneficial for us to buy one of those hot water heaters.  I’ll have to crunch the figures.  That should be fun – I can hardly wait.  You know how I love math – NOT!

Hmm…  but then I saw this video:

So…  I guess we’ll be keeping our tank!

Of course, when you buy major appliances make sure they have an energy star rating.  Keep them in good working order and they should give you optimal service.

It’s best to run your dishwasher when it is full.  In our family that’s a challenge.  There are two of us and sometimes it’s easier to run a little warm water in the sink and squirt some Dawn dishwashing detergent in it – and use a little elbow grease!

A little caulking around windows can keep air from coming in the house.  We love the light and warmth of the sun when it streams through the windows on a mild, sunny day; however, when it’s cold outside – well, they whistle and during thunderstorms it sounds as though the storm will come indoors!

Doors should be checked and weather-stripping applied when needed.  It’s amazing how much difference these small changes make.  With a few minor adjustments we can all do better and save some money this year.  That’s money we can use for, say, a Longaberger basket???  Hey – to each his (or her) own.  😉

I know Christmas is over, but I thought this was so cute!

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They even want to economize at the North Pole…  LOL!  🙂

 

NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY

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In case you think this is a new idea…  here’s a retro commercial from the 1970’s.

You can’t understand a city without using its public transportation system.   – Erol Ozan

Today is the 8th annual NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY!!! No, my diabetic friends, I’m not talking about dumping your insulin pump! With gas prices getting ridiculously high, people are encouraged to use public transportation instead of driving today. Not only does this save wear and tear on your vehicle and the stress of having to drive yourself to work, but it saves you money. The latest APTA Transit Savings Report shows that a two-person household that downsizes to one car can save more than $9,700 a year!

In some areas of the country there will be special incentives offered for using public transportation such as free donuts, special prices on bus passes or in one state, gas receipts are being traded for free bus passes for the reminder of the month.

Here in Wichita we have bus service and of course, taxi cabs. Of course here in the heartland we don’t have subways or streetcars. I used to work with a guy who rode his horse to work. No, I’m not kidding! A few people ride their bikes to work to save on gasoline, but around here most people drive their cars to work or take the bus.  People do still carpool and that also saves money and wear and tear on your vehicle.

Americans are broad-minded people. They’ll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater, and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn’t drive, there is something wrong with him. – Art Buchwald, “How Un-American Can You Get?,” Have I Ever Lied to You?, 1966

If you live in an area that has good public transportation, do the math and see if it really would save you time, money or both to change your habit of driving to work. It’s not always easy to change a habit, but keep an open mind about changing this one. It might be a good thing to arrive at work in a better mood because you did not get road rage!

So today’s challenge is to find an alternative mode of transportation. Why not take one day to let someone else do the driving? Who knows – you may enjoy it so much you’ll want to do it regularly.   🙂