Saturday, January 30, 2010


Have you ever seen the movie 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'?  Do you remember when Chevy Chase plugs in the outdoor lights and the meter starts whirling around and around and around.  That's what I feel like my meter is doing right now.

We just got our electric bill for January and it's significantly higher than usual.  In fact, it's the second largest bill we've ever had in the 9+ years we've lived here.  The largest bill occurred a couple of months after we moved in and that was due to a problem with one of the heat pumps.

I know everyone is experiencing the same problem.  I started trying to think of ways to conserve energy.  I turned the thermostat down another degree (it's now at 66) and I'm looking for other options.  I was concerned that the heating blanket I've been using recently could be a culprit - and I really don't want to stop using it.  Fortunately after doing some research on the internet, I found out it actually uses very little energy.

What about those on fixed incomes and social security?  How will they afford these large increases?  It's been a very cold winter for NC and I just pray it will be a short one.

On a positive note, the storm we got yesterday has us snowbound and I've spent some quality time in my sewing room working on my Crayola Challenge quilt.  If I could just keep David off my sewing machine I'd be even further along.  Stay safe and warm!

Until later...

1 comment:

  1. I haven't looked at our bill yet. We have kept our thermostat higher this winter because of my knees and I do have to say it has helped tremendously with the pain. So I guess it is worth it for the extra cost. I hope our Jan bill isn't too high though. I guess I need to log in and see....

    Isn't our snow beautiful!!