We all need reminders. Reminders are good! This summer, a bill arrived in the mail. It came as very much of a shock to me and my husband. How could this happen? How come our electric bill was suddenly double of what it normally is? It’s not like I stayed up all night sewing up doll clothes. Could it be a broken appliance sucking up all this energy?
Air conditioning? Haha. Not funny! We don’t have that in our little old house. To beat the heat, we own a few window fans to get us through the worst part of the summer. We really don’t run them enough to double our bill. DH (husband) was quite annoyed. Of course, it must be something we (the kids and I) were doing. Like leaving the refrigerator door open or leaving lights on.
Now we had to get to the bottom of this. Who wants to waste energy in these times of global warming? And who can afford to double their electric bill when the economy is down in the dumps? So, we all decided to watch ourselves more carefully. We got on each other’s cases about turning off lights that were unnecessarily on. We turned the dishwasher and clotheswasher only on if they were full to the brim. Cutting down on TV time also helped!
Mostly, I watched my own actions. One thing I noticed I had been slacking off with was the clothes drying. It’s criminal – really. I even wrote an article on just this subject on the NK blog a while ago. Back then, I ranted about Americans wasting so much energy by using clothes dryers instead of hanging their laundry and drying it outside. You know how many gazillions of kilowatt hours could be saved if we all dried our clothes on a clothing line? A LOT. But here I was all lazy and Americanized finding excuses: It was too hot, or I am too tired to hang clothes, my back hurts.
In a way the shocking electric bill was a good reminder for me. MUST HANG UP LAUNDRY. And guess what? The next bill came and it was $15 less than our normal monthly bill. At the end of the bill was a note tacked on saying that the last bill had been a mistake. They had accidentally overcharged us by double the amount int he previous bill. Wow! I am so glad we found the reason for this strange bill. But I am even more glad it got me back doing the right thing for the environment…Reminders are good!