Can't live without it.
I'm not being metaphorical. I mean the power that comes from PG&E. Or wherever the heck power comes from.
Have you received your August bill? We have. It made my stomach drop a bit. So I started researching ways to save energy.
My mom raised us to be green before green was Cool. She never ran the air conditioner. She never turned on the heater. We did not own a clothes dryer. She did all of her baking in the toaster oven. She used her dishwater to water the plants. She would bang on the door of the bathroom incessantly if our cleaning process took more than the allotted five minutes.
Yes, even in high school. I started playing sports because I got access to free, long, hot showers.
That's a joke.
Anyway, somewhere along the way, while we had no children and both had lucrative jobs, I began turning the AC way down with relish. I nonchalantly ran smallish loads of dishes and wash through their respective machines. I bought more produce than we could eat in a week and I wouldn't think twice about throwing away a few rotten apples.
Here is what I learned while talking to Pete, my friendly PG&E customer service representative:
1- Each home in Bakersfield is allotted 20 kWh daily.
2- Three (3) hours of running your AC eats up that entire 20 kWh
3- Each dryer load in an electric dryer eats 5 kWh.
4- Running every ceiling fan in your home 24 hours a day only costs about $5.00/ month
5- There is no "lower priced electricity time of day" for residents unless you sign up for a plan.
(so this means that having your AC on at night costs the same as having it on during the day).
I told Pete that PG&E must hate stay-at-home moms.
Pete said it was not his fault.
I agreed and we had a lovely chat about solar energy.
So we sit here, a little warmer, trying to brainstorm other ways to save power. We have cut out the dishwasher (redundant anyways), use the dryer only for necessary items (like Beau's work clothes- the rest dry on racks), leave the AC at 82 degrees (or "off", as it may well be!), and run those ceiling fans.