Summer Saver Follow-Up

I got my Summer Saver reward. It was a $13.39 credit to my CL&P bill, which by my calculations amounts to about 21 percent, but it’s possible that I’ve calculated it incorrectly since there was no explanation on my bill as to how much energy I saved over the three months of the program (July, August, September).
The conservation efforts I underwent over the summer in order to secure this credit were not worth the meager return of $13.39. The real value was forming better energy conservation habits that I still carry out today. Plus there is the unknown savings of how much more I might have been billed had I not been conserving.

All that said, I still think CL&P is ripping us off. If they have their way, we who conserve will be paying the same (or more!) for less energy consumed.

1 Response to “Summer Saver Follow-Up”

  1. greenpeas

    Hey Spazeboy, I thought I was the only one who signed up for this program. I just got my notice that we are getting $75 for using 20 per cent less electricity than last summer!

    Our bill is consistently close to $200, and I think it’s almost double what it was in our last house that had a gas stove and gas/baseboard heating. I have been trying to figure out what the differences are. Not cooking much in and of itself didn’t seem to really change things a lot, though I thought it would.

    One reason seems to be that every time we throw a light switch, 2 to 9 bulbs come on due to how the lighting is done. We just started keeping the lights off when leaving a room, and now I have a table lamp with ONE bulb that I use unless I need interrogation-level lighting in the living room (joke).

    Other things we did — well, we used the grill a lot this summer instead of the electric stove/oven, which is NOT a net carbon footpring improvement. We left the A/C off whenever it was cool enough, and kept it a higher rating when it was too warm to tolerate. We closed up the house and curtains during the day to keep the hot air out, and opened the windows at night. This house is pretty well insulated and it holds its temperature pretty well.

    This winter, we bought a couple of cans of insulating foam for about 5 bucks each, and have started filling cracks between the sill and the foundation, as well as working to fill in drafty areas under the living room baseboards. This will affect both oil usage and electricity, since we have forced air. The insulation in the basement ceiling/upstairs floor is crushed in a couple places – we are wondering if fixing the insulation might also help the cold floor. We also lowered the setting on our electric water heater to 120 degrees.

    I have never felt so anal retentive in my life. However, it does make for an interesting study in what is possible. I am now considering how to make a collapsible or portable clothes dryer for my deck that I can use and then make it disappear. The clothes dryer would have to be the opening gambit if they do this again next summer! I also want to look into a kind of quirky device I found on line called a bed fan, that blows air between the sheets. I figure if it works, it will be much cheaper than air conditioning on hot nights.