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  • #46
    Originally posted by Sunny View Post
    Yeah, walk through my house at night and it looks a starship with all the LED lights from all the appliances and units and such. I have no street lights, but there is still plenty of light to walk around in the dark house at night without bumping into things.

    I think they constantly drain the electricity. I have been wondering about turning off some of the circuit breakers each night when I go to bed to shut all those things off.
    This reminds me of something else. Replace as many 60 watt bulbs with 15 watt ones...hall light fixtures are a good place in particular. You don't need much more to find your way around the house at night. Dimmers are a good idea in the rooms where more light may be necessary at night to read, do crafts, homework, etc.

    Brighter "nightlights" are good in the bathrooms...sufficient to use the facilities without switching on the overheads.

    I'm not sure if the new "squiggly" lights come in very low wattages like that, but if they do the electricity they'd draw would be practically nothing.

    In addition to saving electricity, I find that dimming the lights makes for a much more relaxing atmosphere in the evenings.

    For outside lighting, floodlights do draw a lot of electricity, but are also important for home security reasons. A way around this is to put your outside floodlights on motion sensors. In addition to saving electricity, having a light suddenly come on upon approach would startle intruders.

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    • #47
      This is so interesting, I'm going to make some notes and try some of the home made soap etc... I had to laugh about the house at night looking like a starship! I've thought the same thing. Inside there are all these little red lights on and when I look at the windows there are lots of red lights blinking outside too since there is a windfarm not far away....blinking red lights everywhere I look!

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      • #48
        Keep your tires inflated on car and use 0-30 oil....It saves gas and will usually work with lots of makes & models I heard like $100.00 every 50,000 miles it will save. Walmart has it and also Amsoil distributers. Also get the 15,000 mile drain interval oil so you don't have to pay $20.00 to get oil changed every 3,000 miles. The first oil change will cost $50.00 dollars but over long run you will save about $50.00......Less trips to the shop also then you don't have to hear them tell you about the $1500 estimate of recommendations every time you go in........Also don't drive over 62 MPH even on free-way. Car burns more gas then necessary over that speed and you still get there at 62 MPH just slower....

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        • #49
          If anyone has any wonderful ideas for keeping the electricity bill low in the summer I would love to hear it. Here in central Texas it gets into the 100s for days at a time. It will be in the low 90s tomorrow! Ugh! I don't think there's much hope of keeping the bill down, but maybe???
          In my Father's house there are many rooms, if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am.
          John 14:2-3

          Go my people, enter into your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until His wrath has passed by. Isaiah 26:20

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          • #50
            Turn your thermostat as far up as you can stand it. Always remember, people have lived in hot climates for thousands of years without ANY A/C. We are wimpy and spoiled.

            In CA we had days in the upper 90's and 100's most days. We didn't have A/C for a long time. But we had an above ground pool. We wore our bathing suits when it started getting hot and every 45 minutes we'd go out and get in the pool for 5 minutes. It kept us mostly comfortable throughout the day, with having a wet towel wrapped around ourselves til we dried off again.

            If you don't have a pool, get a kiddy pool, or fill your tub with cold water and use that.

            When sitting, turn on a fan and keep the squirt bottles handy.

            Go to sleep with a wet towel draped over your body and a fan going.

            Look into a swamp cooler. I've never had one, but my friend did and it was amazingly cool. I have no idea what it's efficiency is.

            When your house is warmer than the air outside, don't try to pull in cool air. PUSH the hot air OUT. Get fans and put them in your highest windows if you can, face them outwards and turn them on high. You'll probably have to prop them in as they'll push themselves backwards. This directly effects the exchange of air by making sure your warm air gets pushed out, and the cooler air automatically pulls in from the outside.

            If you have a two story - that makes it really easy, put the fans in the upper floor windows and you'll have a great system of pulling cooler air in the lower floor from outside, rushing up the stairs, and filling the whole house.

            Don't forget attic fans. A must for moving hot air out of your attic.

            If you can install awnings over your southern windows to keep all sun from hitting them in the summer, that will help a lot.

            Plant deciduous trees all around your house. Won't help right away, but if you plant faster growing ones like willlows or poplars, in 5 years they will begin helping. Those are cheap and easy to start from whips, too, so you can get a lot for free if you just find someone willing to let you cut off a few young branches right now and stick them in a bucket of water.

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            • #51
              wow! Those are some great ideas! Thank you. I think I'm going to start some of it today!
              In my Father's house there are many rooms, if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am.
              John 14:2-3

              Go my people, enter into your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until His wrath has passed by. Isaiah 26:20

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              • #52
                Originally posted by Texas Girl View Post
                If anyone has any wonderful ideas for keeping the electricity bill low in the summer I would love to hear it. Here in central Texas it gets into the 100s for days at a time. It will be in the low 90s tomorrow! Ugh! I don't think there's much hope of keeping the bill down, but maybe???
                I lived in the deep south all my life until a few months ago, so I feel your pain!

                We experienced several hurricanes, including Katrina, so I've learned a few things about enforced NO A/C...no fans either. Thankfully, we had ICE.

                One thing that really works is to soak a small towel in ice water and drape it around your neck. There are also commercial "neck coolers" that use crystals to achieve the same purpose. This really helps to cool you down, so that the raised thermostat doesn't bother you as much.

                For the ladies, I always found sundresses cooler than shorts and tees.

                Used ceiling fans in every room for years; the air circulation alone allows you to raise the thermostat.

                I do agree with Sunny, though...we're wimps! A big part of the problem is that we're just not acclimated to the heat as former generations were. However, with the way the economy is going, we may soon have no choice but to get used to it.

                Unfortunately, a big issue is the fact that modern houses are not built to function efficiently without climate control systems. The old houses in the deep south had high ceilings, transoms on the windows, windows placed to take advantage of cross ventilation. Doors had screens so they could be opened for cross ventilation purposes as well. Windows often had awnings to cut out on the sunlight...Big trees helped too. If you are fortunate to have a house that has these features (or at least some of them) this will help too.

                All this is reminding me of how much I don't miss Louisiana!!

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                • #53
                  There is hope! Thanks y'all. Here's a link to make your own neck coolers...
                  http://www.p2designs.com/ShipCooler.htm
                  In my Father's house there are many rooms, if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am.
                  John 14:2-3

                  Go my people, enter into your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until His wrath has passed by. Isaiah 26:20

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                  • #54
                    Amen on the sundresses!

                    Even while doing construction around here, when it is safe to do so, I wear dresses. I even regularly douse myself with a hose. (I can get away with that out in the country. ) You get shade and air movement combined. I also have large umbrellas to keep cool if I'm outside gardening. I'll poke one in the ground next to my chair and work that way.

                    Neck coolers are wonderful. Thanks for the link!

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by Texas Girl View Post
                      There is hope! Thanks y'all. Here's a link to make your own neck coolers...
                      http://www.p2designs.com/ShipCooler.htm
                      That's it!! Thanks for the link!! Amazing how those things really do help.

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                      • #56
                        I have made it all winter without once turning on the heat.... I have used the woodstove !!! I cut wood all summer and piled it up. My propane bill fell to 20 gallons a month !! Someone on another thread last year gave a recipe for making firestarters using egg crates and dryer lint, I made some ... then some more then got lazy and went to buy some and they were over 9 dollars !! So needless to say I passed and made my own again, I now have a huge pile of them. They work great !! and made from stuff you would throw away. My chickens have laid all winter and kept us in eggs plus I can sell them to the country store. Remember the 3 R's Reuse, Recyle, Repair !!!

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                        • #57
                          Woo hooo My sil just called me, they have bought a milk cow ! She is pregnant ! Due in August, I bartered, Labor helping build the pasture and shelter, taming, and mucking and learning how to milk the thing, for free milk and since she is a Jersey her milk is over 1/3 cream !! I can make butter !! and maybe one day cheese, Yogurt. Sour cream and cottage cheese ?? I also put dibs in on the baby if it is a girl !!! Now with our garden this year, and the cow that will give us a boost on the food bill. Just this week we traded labor for one case of green chilis and a case of fresh green beans, we roasted and peeled and froze the chilis and canned the beans!! Got 7 pounds of Cheddar cheese and grated it all and put into smaller bags and into the freezer. Keeping your eyes and ears open and speaking out loud and clear is amazing!!!

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                          • #58
                            The price of coffee has gone through the roof! If you boil your grounds they go twice as far, cutting your cost in half. And I swear I made a very good pitcher of tea the other day by boiling ONE tea bag (for a little while)!
                            In my Father's house there are many rooms, if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am.
                            John 14:2-3

                            Go my people, enter into your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until His wrath has passed by. Isaiah 26:20

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                            • #59
                              Hello Texas Girl! Check the OP for some ideas on how to keep your house cooler in summer without the air conditioner.
                              Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are feeble-hearted, Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with a vengence, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you." Is 35:3-6

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by Heartstorm View Post
                                Woo hooo My sil just called me, they have bought a milk cow ! She is pregnant ! Due in August, I bartered, Labor helping build the pasture and shelter, taming, and mucking and learning how to milk the thing, for free milk and since she is a Jersey her milk is over 1/3 cream !! I can make butter !! and maybe one day cheese, Yogurt. Sour cream and cottage cheese ?? I also put dibs in on the baby if it is a girl !!! Now with our garden this year, and the cow that will give us a boost on the food bill. Just this week we traded labor for one case of green chilis and a case of fresh green beans, we roasted and peeled and froze the chilis and canned the beans!! Got 7 pounds of Cheddar cheese and grated it all and put into smaller bags and into the freezer. Keeping your eyes and ears open and speaking out loud and clear is amazing!!!
                                Wow!!!!!! I would be excited about the milk cow too! I pay $5 a gallon for organic hormone free milk for my daughter. I'm doing the happy dance for you!
                                In my Father's house there are many rooms, if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am.
                                John 14:2-3

                                Go my people, enter into your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until His wrath has passed by. Isaiah 26:20

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