But those "cheap as chips" power bills are likely to hibernate until September, as we face two cold months ahead, and most immediately cool, cloudy weather and rain for the next 10 days. But I thought I'd share some of the best approaches we've chosen to save energy and money. From big picture to detail, they include:
Passive solar design: Increased glazing on the north side (toward the equator) for free heating.
Pelmet is an old weather board from the exterior. (Ripped to 150mm and inverted.) Will be painted white to look like a crown molding.
Solar hot water: Electric water heating is one of the biggest additions to a power bill.
Under-the-bench-fridge: Our refrigerator sips power while many others gulp it.
Compact flourescent light bulbs: This hardly needs to be said, but CFLs use 1/4 the power of incandescent bulbs for the same amount of lighting.
We use heaps of other strategies for saving power, but those will be highlighted another day. Which of these can you implement in your home? What other great energy saving strategies do you employ?
Oh, the sun just came out. Gotta go open the drapes... - Estwing