I’ve written this post as an ambassador for Project Envolve™ (sponsored in part by PPL Electric Utilities) . Project Envolve supplied me with materials to help weatherize my home along with tips for living an energy-efficient lifestyle. This post contains an affiliate link.
I have a pretty fantastic announcement to make. Since becoming a #ProjectEnvolve Ambassador in December, I’ve been making is my mission to lower our electric bill. Every month. I was a little worried this month since it’s been so cold and we’ve spent so much time inside (too much TV, baking, etc…) but our bill arrived 3 days ago and, YES! We’ve officially gone down another $10!
We’re down below $100!
But I’m not done yet…
The folks at Project Envolve sent out materials for Mission 4, and honestly, this is a pretty simple one. This time around, we’re focusing on awareness. Knowing what your using, and what’s using your electricity when you don’t even know it. Devices that suck up power even when they’re not in use are called “Vampire Electronics” and they can stick you with a really scary electric bill.
Here are a few tips on how to spot them in your home:
So how do you know exactly how much energy these suckers are using? There’s an easy way to tell: a Kill A Watt® Energy Usage Monitor. I was sent one to use, and I’ve been using it on everything from my Keurig to my flat iron. It’s fascinating to finally know how much energy everything uses and, and it’s accurate within 0.2%.
I decided to put it to work on this beast, an air conditioner that was built into the wall of our house when we bought it. Yeah, it says EnergyStar™, but I’m not so sure it’s the most efficient thing. (My husband had the bottom molding off to insulate around it – an easy step we discussed in Mission 3.)
Using the Kill A Watt Monitor, I was able to check the electricity usage of our air conditioner in volts, amps, watts and more (eight critical units of measurement in all.) Once warm weather hits, I’ll really be able to get a specific read on how much energy it’s using daily and keep our bill from skyrocketing.
All you have to do to assess your usage is plug the monitor into an outlet, then plug your appliance into the monitor and wait one hour, or 24 hours if you want daily usage. This is great to use on high-use devices, like your TV, and standby devices, like your DVD player (a serious vampire!) You’d probably be surprised to see which appliances use high amounts of electricity, like hair dryers and toasters!
Feeling inspired? Here’s an easy tip sheet from Project Envolve that you can pin for later! (Make sure to scroll all the way down…there’s a giveaway at the bottom!)
Now, get a monitor and start hunting vampires!
Join me! How much do you think you can lower your electric bill? Visit Amazon to get a Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor
or enter to win one using the easy Rafflecopter form below, and you’ll be well on your way!