More electricity saving measures. I'm got a bee in my bonnet over electricity these days. I just paid my hydro bill - not pretty. I don't understand how we're using all of these kW hrs. Yes, I am home during the day, so certain things are going to be used more often, generating electricity use. But this last bill was ridiculous. I'm going to be a "hydro-nazi" until we get our power usage under control.
One of the areas I'm targeting this week is the furnace fan. We've generally left it running all the time, as we have found the furnace actually comes on less when the air is circulated constantly through the house. I can't help but think that a fan running all the time is eating up our hydro. As part of the eco-challenge, DH and I have turned the furnace fan to "auto" - it will only come on when the furnace actually turns on to heat/cool the house. Since we keep our house fairly cool in the winter, I don't foresee the furnace coming on with greater frequency even though the air is not circulating as much.
I hope this change is reflected in my next hydro bill.
The inspiration for this blog came after reading Vanessa Farquharson's book, Sleeping Naked is Green, and wondering if her new eco-lifestyle was really applicable to a family of 5 that was already fairly environmentally friendly. At the urging of a friend, I took on the challenge of trying to improve my family's "green-ness", using the book as a template. This blog will record our attempts to improve our environmental foot-print one small change at a time.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Turn furnace fan to "auto" (Day 90)
Posted by Eco Mama at 9:25 PM
Labels: saving electricity, saving power
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