Doorbell, etc. - Saving $2.50 per month!

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I previously posted about re-wiring my doorbell so it would use electricity only when the button was pressed. I also went through my house and placed everything I could find which was "always on" on a switch or power strip.
I replaced power strips which had lights on them with power strips which have no light. I wired switches to all GFCI outlets so I can turn them off when not in use. I have a rooftop TV antenna amplifier which was "always on" and I wired a switch to that.
I placed my entertainment center things on 4 individual power strips (no lights) so I could turn on only what I was using. (Like just TV and DVD, or playstation, or satellite TV - don't need to have on components which are not being used.)
I placed several power strips on my computer stuff. So just computer on - printer on separate power strip and off when not in use. Everything totally off when not in use.
Placed outlet switches on HEPA air cleaners (have always on timers for filter replacement).
Placed power strips (no power on light) on bedroom, garage small stereos. Etc.
Anyway my electric bill is now $2.50 per month less and will be so for the rest of my life. That's $30 a year or being as my electric bill is now under $30 a month - one month of free electricity!
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Bill wrote:

My electricity costs 7 cents per KWh locked for 5 years. What if you keep powering up/down multiple devices and a surge cause a damage. The repair cost may far exceed the 2.00 per month. If I wanted to save electric energy my way would be using more efficient devices or minimize the usage by careful planning ahead.
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Tony Hwang wrote:

I'm envious. My last electric bill was 18.5 cents / KWhr.
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clams_casino wrote:

Connecticut?
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K wrote:

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What? Are you talking about the "surge" when you first power up something?
Could be.
$30/year for the convenience of having everything ready to go rather than requiring the hunting down of power strips here and there isn't much.
Seems to me that the "standby" power performance is getting better. I say than only because stuff in "standby" seems to be running cooler.
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snipped-for-privacy@manx.misty.com (Don Klipstein) wrote in
The first time I got a cell phone was also maybe 8-9 years ago. When the contract ran out that was the end of that. Never had one since.
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On Feb 16, 8:51 pm, snipped-for-privacy@manx.misty.com (Don Klipstein) wrote:

I have many of those larger transformers for things too. I made a bunch of short cords from old discarded devices to use as extensions to the outlet. In some cases, I soldered the wires directly to the plugs of the transformer and insulated them well for safety. I don't care about ever plugging those devices directly anyway so the modification is a permanent fix.
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On Feb 17, 12:37�pm, snipped-for-privacy@mailinator.com wrote:

I bought the cheap home depot extension cords, made for lighting but fine for transformers, cut off all but a foot of cord, left the receptable and installed a new plug.
they are two prong but accomodate 3 things. decluttered the wiring mess a lot
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

enough apart that you can put a wall wart at each position. Looks like a bunch of little pigs at a trough, tails hanging out.
-- aem sends...
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congrats how much did you spend for all the power strips etc?
some devices may not like being powered off repeatedly like you are doing
congress should legislate a power off control for people who desire to save max energy, a added requirement for energy star
the satellite tv uses off hours to doiwnload guide updates, powered off completely may get you a aging guide.
We use DVRs which arent compatible with no power. Ours record shows all day and all nite long
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You could also flush only every other time, grow your own veggies, only wash the sheets and towels once a month and shut off your car engine at red lights or when going down hill...
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Charlie Darwin wrote:

time or cost effective, but if it gives him the illusion of having some control over his universe, so what?
-- aem sends...
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"aemeijers" wrote:

It's no problem with the fellow in question, but often folks like that tend to want to spread their "blessings" onto other people who have not become so "enlightened", and often by force. That's when it no longer becomes cute and quirky.
Jon
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wrote:

Plus, his reported savings are likely do to general cutbacks then using power strips without the tiny neon light. It's like when people go on a diet or start concentrating on auto mileage, they start making more and more changes. When his house burns down from using a cheap power strip or running wires on the floor, he won't be posting that event here.
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On Feb 15, 4:36pm, snipped-for-privacy@mailinator.com wrote:

I'm surprised no one asked how he determined the $2.50 per month. Unless he used a Kilowatt meter or similar on each device he was turning off, it would be impossible to come up with an accurate number just by looking at a couple months bills. Bills vary widely by weather, different usage, etc.
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The average rate for residential power in the United States is just under 11.9 cents per kilowatt hour.
<http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/table5_6_a.html>
At that rate, $2.50 works out to about 29 watts per hour for an average (730 hour) month. That's a plausible total for all the devices that run in standby mode in the typical modern house. (As has been noted elsewhere, some of those devices -- wireless telephones and devices that use clocks, for example -- aren't very useful if they're powered down completely.)
Replacing lighted power strips is probably a false economy, especially if those strips (and their lights) are kept powered off most of the time. The small neon lights in power strips consume less than half a watt, which would mean more than seven years of continuous use just to get back the typical $4 cost of a new strip.
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Why wash towels - aren't we clean when we use them?
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wrote:

Sheets and towels can be washed only when they're stinky.

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