Some of you remember the experiment that I did attempting to reduce my electric bills in my house back in June where I started with re-insulation. For a recap I went in with a Blown In Cellulose insulation in my attic which was actually recycled newspaper that took me up to an R-38. Well, I promised that I would post about the energy savings and if there were any so here it is!
For those of you just tuning in you can view the first posts here:
Well, I decided to wait until I received my September bill to post this. It is generally the highest bill due to the heat in Houston. Well, when I got my bill I was actually quite disappointed AT FIRST. My bill in August was $270 and the one for September came in at $277. In all actuality the $7 difference is not that bad, but I expected it to be much lower.
I went on a mission to see what else I could do to lower my bills, but I am going to explain that in another post. Long story short, my husband believed that our bill WAS lower. I was on the phone with Mary Bigelow the other evening and decided to filter through my last years worth of Electric Bills to try and see if in fact they were lower.
Some things to keep in mind before I get started:
Our summer has been very rainy so all in all, the summer has not been as hot as in past years. Although, you would not believe that if you came to visit. The actual savings is probably impossible to know but none the less, this will make sense.
The Main difference that I see is COMFORT. My house is so much more comfortable now than before. In the summer you could sit in my living room and feel a high level of humidity and just HEAT. It did not matter what the air conditioner was set on, it was just dang hot and it would not cool down until about 8 o'clock at night. Now, at any given time of day, it is cool.
Hot Spots- I do not notice Hot Spots in my home as much any more. Before, some rooms were warmer than others, considerably warmer.
Bugs- The insulation that I put in is treated with Boric Acid to prevent critters from being in your attic. Well, unless it is just my imagination, I have a lot more bugs around the exterior of my house than before. I still need to work on this although I am trying to find a pest control company that does not use chemicals. That's another post in itself.
The Air- The air in my home feels cleaner or fresher. I don't which would really be the appropriate word. Maybe it has to do with the reduced Humidity? I don't know, but I LIKE IT!
Now, $$$$. I am only going to go off of my September Bill. If you would like I can post the difference through the Winter time as well by updating this post. If so, track the comments so you know when I update it.
I stated that this past bill was $277. My neighbor and I talk about our Electric Bills and her bills were always $20-$40 LESS than mine AND they were home a lot more than us.
- September 2006 Bill? One year ago? $352. Yes, $75 more. The kwh used this year 300 Less.
- And for my neighbor- Her bill was $320 this month. $43 more and then think about how mine was always higher.
So, it looks as though my Savings are about $75 LESS after the insulation. To some, that may not seem like a lot of money but let's consider this:
- Total Cost after Rebate for insulation- $665
- Average savings each month at $60 to be safe year round
- Total Possible Savings of $720 in just 12 months.
Sounds like a deal to me. In less than ONE Year I will have paid for my insulation. The only other month that my bill gets high is in January when I have the Heater on which is Electric also. I will be anxious to see what my bill is then.
So, the end of my Experiment says- If your home is older and the insulation is not anywhere up to code, Re-Insulate. More than likely you will recuperate your money in a VERY short period of time.
Now, in order to reduce my bills some more I will be doing more upgrades to the home to help make it more efficient. Stay tuned to find why I'm doing all of this, how it will help in more ways than you could imagine, and WHY YOU NEED TO BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DO.
OH, and let me know if any of you want me to continue tracking my bills on this post.