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How to slow down your electric meter.

 
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I do not suggest you do this in any form or fashion but, I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy that does this;

Use jumper wires to bypass the meter. There is a meter read date so you know when to remove them before the evil utility co. arrive and catch you.

Bypass the meter for 5-7 days the first billing cycle, then 7-10 days the next two cycles. After that only bypass for a max of 14 days in a billling period. Do this so you do not draw attention to the dramatic reduction in your electric bill. Suspicious utility company will come unscheduled.
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I fully expect every derogatory comment anyone wants to shoot off at me....

But in one year our power company has had 4 rate hikes. The one last month was 13%. The others were 11%, 8% and 10%.

I just got my electric bill and you know how it shows the bars related to the previous year?

I used almost 1/4 LESS electricity this past month and my bill is over $100 more.

These are the facts:

1. I am single. I keep my therm at 83 when I'm not here and 78 when I am (not exactly comfortable).
2. I keep all computers, printers, tv's, etc. turned OFF when I'm not using them. Someone recently suggested that's not good enough: You need to actually unplug everything when you're not using them (lamps which aren't turned on, etc) in order to make a significance.

3. I wash two loads of clothes a week (at most) and installed a cute little 1950 clothes pole in my backyard to dry them with clothes-pins.

4. Since I live by myself I don't cook except for maybe twice a month. The rest of the time I eat sandwiches and fruit.

5. In each of my overhead lights I have 2 bulbs instead of the 3 allotted. And they're 60 watt instead of 100.

6. I run the dishwasher (mainly glassware) once every two weeks.

I'm sure there are other things (keeping drapes shut, water heater temp-, fridge temp, etc) that I'm forgetting to tell you but you get the point.

This bill was $383 for a 1500 sq ft house. When Cap and trade kicks in I have no idea what I'll do.

Until now I have lived a very honest life but I'm SICK of this shit!

I went to a swap meet over the weekend and they had this thing you could buy that would reduce your energy bill by 25%-40%. It's called plug and save.

Then I started googling about how years ago people used to put sand bags on their meter to slow the rotation..

Then something about magnets.

I do NOT want to do this but I am paying 50% of my take home to the electric company and it keeps getting worse every 3 months when they have another rate hike.

Does ANYONE know what I can do to reduce my electric meter?

They are RAPING us and there's nothing that appears that we can do anything about it.

I m a VERY frugal person. I don't even have cable TV or a cell phone. But by the time I pay the water, electricity, phone and trash pick up each month I seriously have very little to even buy food and gasoline with. I haven't bought a new piece of clothing or "luxury" item for over 3 years.

This just isn't right.

If anyone could suggest some things I would be truly grateful.

Miggy
(PS I can't keep the windows open at night because someone would break in- not that it matters- it's still 140 degrees here at night anyway)




what the fuck is wrong with you 83 fuckin degree's. try 65 and you will have one hell of a savings. 83 degrees...that is not even healthy for you. try the cooler temp and you will be much better off. you get chilly put on some sweats. 83 degrees. omfg....
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rofl lol

Actually that's what I thought she meant too when I read it the first time.... and she wonders why she pays a lot in electric.
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There is a gadget to install on your meter box. It's pricey, but for those of you who can afford it, it's not a bad deal as it is supposed to save at least 25% on your light bill. Guaranteed.

It's called a SurgeXPro. They have a website:

[link to www.surgexpro.com]
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drill a tiny hole in the bottom of the meter and stick a pin in it to stop the wheel going round be careful not to knock it off :)

cool

They check.Dont do this.Could be a felony.
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Dude was from the UK that said this

Uk- black plastic enclosure around meter.

US= clear GLASS meter housing.

Ever try drilling GLASS?
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Anything with a resistor sucks energy. Here are the top ones.
Toaster, toaster oven, bathroom heat light, electric stove, electric water heater, ceiling or floor electric heat, and a large or malfunctioning refrigerator.
Light bulb use is negligible. I am sick of people telling people this light bulb crap. Test it yourself.
Test your meter if you can, turn everything off and have a pal turn them on one at a time. It will be a lesson you will always remember.
I understand living on the edge, been doing it all my life and I am now an expert at it. It gets to you sometimes, especially when people do not understand how it feels to deny yourself everything EVERY day, EVERY week, EVERY month, EVERY year, with no end in sight. It is very tiring.
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Sorry I forgot the Air Conditioner, never had one! Costs too much !
Swamp cooler. Lived in Palm Springs and Apple Valley with one. A/C bill will kill you.
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turn off the breakers until you find what sucking all that juice.
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I would like to thank you all for your kind responses.

I feel bad that I even addressed this but I've lived here (Vegas) 7 years and I don't see it EVER changing....

Every 3 months they go before the commission and are approved another rate hike between the 8-13% range. That's quite a bit for a year.

But the water Authority is just as bad. Though I have green grass year round, after living here about 2 years I went out there and asked why the hell my bills were $100 a month.

Now keep in mind: By working in a casino, I ate one very filling meal at work each evening so I didn't have to cook. I was issued three dry-cleaned uniforms so I only had to wash a load of clothes a week (towels, sheets, etc.)> Basically I showered and brushed my teeth each day. They were quick to tell me (I live in the historic district) that I must have some kind of leaking going on under my house, in the sprinkler system, etc.

So a neighbor recommended an honest plumber. He took his equipment all over the premises and came back, swearing to me that there were no leaks. OK. That costs $100.

Then another neighbor recommended his sprinkler guy and the guy came over, went all OVER the place and said, "Lady, you DON'T have any leaks!" Another $100.

A few days later I decided to slip into a neighborhood bar and have a glass of wine before going home to deal with this house that I KNOW is going to kill me.

I started conversing with a 60-70 year old man and found out he'd been a plumber his whole life in Vegas. We talked about my problem and since he lived nearby he told me he'd stop by in the morning.

He looked around my 1949 house and said:

This is what I want you to do. After you shower and leave for work tonight, turn this outside valve off (on the front of the house). When you wake up in the morning look around the neighborhood and see if there are any "plumbing" trucks around.

He said that back in that time of construction it was common for two or three houses to be hooked up to ONE water line (Mom, Dad, kids in one house- Grandparents in another- and maybe an Aunt and Uncle in the other.)

He said if I didn't see anything to call the water Dept and DEMAND a new meter because he said he could tell the one I had was from 1949.

After not seeing any plumbing trucks I went to the water dept and it was like pulling TEETH to get a new meter. I bet I talked to a dozen people, each saying, "Oh, No!!!!! You've got the best quality out there. I wish I had one of those at MY house!"

I wouldn't budge. The next day they came back and do you know for the past 6 years years my water bill has NEVER been over $50 like the first 24 months I lived here when they were $100?

I knew they'd never credit my account but I wanted them to know that I KNEW what was what!

Now, for all I know the electric meter is the same. I just went and stuck out two magnets to the outside of the glass but I've got a feeling I'm not putting them in the right spot.

Yes, I know it's illegal. Send Obama the bill. Or take my $1200 credit back from the Water Authority that I'LL NEVER SEE AGAIN.

My thermostat has been set to 82 here all day and it only kicked on for about 15 minute4s this afternoon. I've only had this laptop and my office light on.

Maybe I should start taking daily meter readings.

Would THAT help?????

BTW, because Vegas has these 6-7 foot sound walls around each of our homes the readers simply have to click over the fence. In my case, my meter is located on the other side of two buildings.

Also, I have a street lamp sitting on my property. Do you think I have to pay for that for the whole neighborhood?

Thanks again for all of your kinds advice.

Miggy
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I know what you mean, we left Vegas in May and live in the Texas panhandle, much better, our last bill was $47. That is with an elect range, 1100 watt microwave, two laptops (we do turn them off at night) clock radios, 2 tv's, etc. We have been so happy. Also, we don't need the AC on much only in the late afternoon on some days and then have windows open at night. So nice at cool in the nights. Great weather he so far this summer.
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Change all your light bulbs to energy saving bulbs like so [link to mattsimmsy.files.wordpress.com] . You will see a drop in your bill in a month .
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those bulbs are toxic and are known to put out radiation , inside the bulb is mercury..

Common Symptoms Resulting From Exposure To "Energy Efficient" Light Bulbs

* Dizziness
* Cluster headaches
* Migraines
* Seizures
* Fatigue
* Inability to concentrate
* Anxiety

We've all heard the spin about how we should choose high efficiency bulbs... the ones with spiral tubes. As a result, we looked into the health problems that surround them, and were alarmed. These things can turn all of the wiring in your house into radiation antenna's. Read this article, and tell everyone that you know before these bulbs are made mandatory in this country (like in Europe). The actual story, with photos and sources can be found at

[link to healthwyze.org]



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You may be asking why would our readers need to know these things? That comes really soon, so be careful what you wish for. (Just kidding.) As I mentioned earlier, a new radiation threat is upon us all. In lieu of this, I must begin by emphasizing the 'radio' and 'radiant' roots for the word radiation. They ultimately are descriptions of the same phenomena: radiant energy in the form of electromagnetic waves of pulsating energy. So, how does the energy actually radiate itself outward? The truth is, we don't really understand that part. Physicists have pulled their hair out for decades over that question. What we do know is that when things vibrate at a nuclear level or have electrical current changes, then these changes of state ― these frequencies ― cause energy to be radiated outward at the same frequencies. This is how radio transmissions work. Radio transmissions merely mix the audio (voice) signal with an exact frequency that listening radios are "tuned" for, and viola! Or as my past electronics teachers would have said, in their fancy-smancy engineering terms: "It will have imparted intelligence upon the carrier wave".

A good analogy of how frequencies operate is remembering the ripples from a time when you dropped a pebble into a small creek or pond. You may recall that the ripples were reflected from the banks at exactly the same rate and distance that the original waves struck it. The whole point of this paragraph is to make clear that the very basis of radiant energy transmissions and all types of radiation on the entire electromagnetic spectrum boil down to one thing: frequencies. Frequencies determine how far the energy travels, how well it penetrates, and how it effects things. The ultra high frequencies of gamma (ie. nuclear) radiation will quickly destroy a person through burns, cancer, or otherwise; while the low 60 Hz. of standard American power has little effect in typical exposure. Frequency determines if the energy is radio, microwave, infrared light, visible light, x-rays, gamma, or ultraviolet. There is real power in frequencies. No pun intended. As a general rule, the higher the frequency, the more dangerous the energy is. Nuclear radiation is at a really high frequency, for example.

For years, we have heard about how incandescent bulbs are bad for the environment. This made way for a whole new industry of "green" bulbs, marketed to the growing portion of people who seek to address environmental concerns. However, they actually compromise people's health, and are ultimately more harmful to the environment.
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My friend dug under the meter,tapped in before the meter 2 ft underground.His hot tub electricity is free.He also has his AC units power switchable to the tapped electricity.Ran all older components in case he ever got cought he could say it was from the previous owner(who died).YOU HAVE TO BE AN ELECTRICIAN TO DO THIS.IT IS DANGEROUS.
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Damn!

I have about 100ft underground before it hits the pole....


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Sixty years ago, the average American home had only two things plugged in -- a radio and a fridge.
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Don't even get me started on this!!! We have been having disputes with our power company for the past year.

We've had them come out and test the meter (by an independent firm), we've had electricians come out to check our home, we've done online calculations to find estimates for what we are using. Our bills still don't seem to fit our usage. We sacked our last energy company and switched. We are still getting high bills.

The electrician was the most helpful. We turned off all circuits. Turned them on one by one and tested items on that circuit. We found that the downlights used the most juice. Even though they are halogen downlights - they made that thing spin like crazy. We ended up buying floor / table lamps and leave the downlights off. Gives a nicer ambiance anyway.

However, even having done all that - we are still getting high bills. I'm not sure what the source is. I'm pretty sick of checking into it - but can't afford these high bills either.

The guy who remodelled this house before we bought it was an electrician. I'm sure that there is something f'ed up with it. Having seen some of his handy work - I'm not sure that I trust what he's done.

Any suggestions for where else we should turn? Should we get ANOTHER electrician out to have a look? What should we be having them check?
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How many KWH's did you get billed for?
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Do you still have the original wiring and fuse box panel with the old round fuses. If so, there is most likely a short somewhere.
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Being an old historic house it probably doesn't have
good wall and ceiling insulation; and it has old single-pane wood windows that leak ... unless they've been upgraded.
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I fully expect every derogatory comment anyone wants to shoot off at me....

But in one year our power company has had 4 rate hikes. The one last month was 13%. The others were 11%, 8% and 10%.

I just got my electric bill and you know how it shows the bars related to the previous year?

I used almost 1/4 LESS electricity this past month and my bill is over $100 more.

These are the facts:

1. I am single. I keep my therm at 83 when I'm not here and 78 when I am (not exactly comfortable).

2. I keep all computers, printers, tv's, etc. turned OFF when I'm not using them. Someone recently suggested that's not good enough: You need to actually unplug everything when you're not using them (lamps which aren't turned on, etc) in order to make a significance.

3. I wash two loads of clothes a week (at most) and installed a cute little 1950 clothes pole in my backyard to dry them with clothes-pins.

4. Since I live by myself I don't cook except for maybe twice a month. The rest of the time I eat sandwiches and fruit.

5. In each of my overhead lights I have 2 bulbs instead of the 3 allotted. And they're 60 watt instead of 100.

6. I run the dishwasher (mainly glassware) once every two weeks.

I'm sure there are other things (keeping drapes shut, water heater temp-, fridge temp, etc) that I'm forgetting to tell you but you get the point.

This bill was $383 for a 1500 sq ft house. When Cap and trade kicks in I have no idea what I'll do.

Until now I have lived a very honest life but I'm SICK of this shit!

I went to a swap meet over the weekend and they had this thing you could buy that would reduce your energy bill by 25%-40%. It's called plug and save.

Then I started googling about how years ago people used to put sand bags on their meter to slow the rotation..

Then something about magnets.

I do NOT want to do this but I am paying 50% of my take home to the electric company and it keeps getting worse every 3 months when they have another rate hike.

Does ANYONE know what I can do to reduce my electric meter?

They are RAPING us and there's nothing that appears that we can do anything about it.

I m a VERY frugal person. I don't even have cable TV or a cell phone. But by the time I pay the water, electricity, phone and trash pick up each month I seriously have very little to even buy food and gasoline with. I haven't bought a new piece of clothing or "luxury" item for over 3 years.

This just isn't right.

If anyone could suggest some things I would be truly grateful.

Miggy
(PS I can't keep the windows open at night because someone would break in- not that it matters- it's still 140 degrees here at night anyway)
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I already looked into it :( with the penalties....it is better to just pay it....
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What about getting a bank of deep cycle batteries, a trickle charger, a timer, and getting voltage inverters for appliances that require alternating current. Power in your house will stay at what you decide, and not at the whim of the power company. Even consider making all lighting and getting appliances that run on 12Vdc.

Set the timer to recharge the batteries to the time of the day when power is sold at the most inexpensive rate, and ask the power company to let you buy power when they sell it cheapest. Draw your power from the batteries first, not from the power line. The plus to doing this is when the power goes out for your neighbors you can automatically shunt power to some lighting and your food storage appliances. Food lost to power failure should be included in the price of power used.
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My electricity bills are over $400 for the winter and summer.
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Run an extension cord from your neighbors house,and branch it throughout your home.
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mabe thats his prob lol look out back for squaters
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my uncle in new jersey took power from a near by streetlight and he only did it for 30 years ;-)
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Change all your light bulbs to energy saving bulbs like so [link to mattsimmsy.files.wordpress.com] . You will see a drop in your bill in a month .
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don't use COMPACT FLOURESCENT lights...they have MERCURY and are a health threat. Don't believe the "hype" about them being energy savers. You may save a buck here and there but your health will suffer.

Bank on it.
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you can put a magnet on it ,that wil cut your bill with 25%
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I wonder if they insulated a Vegas home in 1949? Have you checked the insulation in the attic? Or updated the windows or weather-striping around your doors?
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Yup -- I would be curious to know just how many hours that ac unit is running per day -- even when set at 78/83. An old unit can really suck the power and if the house isn't well insulated, it will cost you. I'm in hot Georgia and have three ac units, two pool motors, five refrigerators (my husband has work samples he has to keep cool) and several people in the house and our bill isn't a lot over OPs.

Remember that refrigerators run more efficiently when full, so fill extra space in the freezer with ice and keep the fridge full of bottled waters. Since some of my husband's fridges are in the garage (where it's always hot), we have tried this and it really helps. Of course, it also gives him an excuse to stash beer where there's extra space. The oldest one (which was like 20+ years old) in the garage gave out and we bought a new one -- I think our bill dropped at least $50 a month just replacing that old, inefficient one. I noticed our new dishwasher and clothes dryer made a difference, too.

Many electric companies will come out and do an energy audit for free -- they will tell you if you are losing a lot through windows, doors, attics, etc., and will give you tips on what to do to fix the problem.
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Magnets won't work on digital meters.
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Don't even get me started on this!!! We have been having disputes with our power company for the past year.

We've had them come out and test the meter (by an independent firm), we've had electricians come out to check our home, we've done online calculations to find estimates for what we are using. Our bills still don't seem to fit our usage. We sacked our last energy company and switched. We are still getting high bills.

The electrician was the most helpful. We turned off all circuits. Turned them on one by one and tested items on that circuit. We found that the downlights used the most juice. Even though they are halogen downlights - they made that thing spin like crazy. We ended up buying floor / table lamps and leave the downlights off. Gives a nicer ambiance anyway.

However, even having done all that - we are still getting high bills. I'm not sure what the source is. I'm pretty sick of checking into it - but can't afford these high bills either.

The guy who remodelled this house before we bought it was an electrician. I'm sure that there is something f'ed up with it. Having seen some of his handy work - I'm not sure that I trust what he's done.

Any suggestions for where else we should turn? Should we get ANOTHER electrician out to have a look? What should we be having them check?
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Halogen Down lights transformers will still run if the globe blows, need to be off at the switch. So if you have a few around the house where the globe has gone, know that the transformer is sucking juice anyway.
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You need to all the electricity company and have them physically come out to do a reading, have them replace the meter.

No way you should be paying 383 for electricity especially on 1500sq ft.

Earlier this year, I received a $280 elect bill, then the next month it was 340 as I recall. I called the company to complain, requested a meter read, next day I get a call saying there was a mistake in the reading, that there was no reading, the guy did a drive by and estimated the reading based on the previous 2 yrs. True story. My actual bill for the time period?.... $87/mo

Call them, complain, demand they replace the meter.
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We tryed that when they charged us $1300 in one month it took us 2 months to get a new reading then we ended up making payments. The water company at the same time did this to us also they sent us a bill for $430 cause the reader on the meter was not working an they had to get out of the truck. We called them they had charged us for the usage we had that month from last year when we had a water leak. So between both company only one fixed the problem the water company.
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I won't tell you how to cheat the electric company but I will tell you the two big hot items that drive up the total each month. They are the hot water heater and the refrigerator. Of course an air-conditioner is an obvious hot item but the other two are less well known. Turning them both off will easily drop your bill by 20% or more. I wish you well on your quest for affordable energy.
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Lord help us. When cap and trade takes effect in 2012, everyone's life will change for the worst!

Obama wants about 60% of your paycheck. He told us energy bills would skyrocket and he was still voted in as president. He told us everything about his idea of "change" and the idiots still voted for him!
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build a tron box and plug it in at night , it puts a reverse wave in the system during low power use
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I knew an old engineer who worked from home /lots of industrial stuff lathes etc /had both single and 3 phase
the residential meter went backwards every time he started up a welder/lathe etc
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Hillarious...
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dude, people will sympathise, but what you're talking about is illegal. The energy companies are another control system sucking us dry.
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What's illegal is paying for something that's FREE. See N. Tesla
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State: Georgia

House Size: 1,100 square feet

Number of People: 2

Stuff done: changed to compact fluorescent bulbs where possible, timer on the water heater, lights & stuff off when not in use, etc. No oven use (it's broken). Microwave, toaster, and NuWave oven only. Very little coffee pot use. Fridge & freezer stay full. 2-3 loads of laundry per week.

House faces dead west, with no shade after 10am (can't do anything about that due to the way the yard is). We've put heavy curtains on most of the west-facing windows.

Latest power bill: $279, and next month's will likely be higher as the temperatures have been in the upper 90's and 100's (heat index even higher than that!)

Ironic thing is, our winter power bills are half the amount of the summer bills. We could easily live without heat if we had to, but it would be dangerous to not have A/C with these temperatures. Our regular A/C unit can't keep up with this 100-degree weather. We have to supplement it with two window A/C units. Ugh.
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Re: How to slow down your electric meter.
I won't tell you how to cheat the electric company but I will tell you the two big hot items that drive up the total each month. They are the hot water heater and the refrigerator. Of course an air-conditioner is an obvious hot item but the other two are less well known. Turning them both off will easily drop your bill by 20% or more. I wish you well on your quest for affordable energy.
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That's right. Let's just learn to live a life of deprivation in our own homes. Avoid the use of our hard-earned MODERN appliances.

TPTB want the sheeple to re-adapt to a pre-industrial serf-like state of existence...it's becoming a reality.

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