Forgot to tell you about our hydro bill. We now have different time periods where it is cheaper or dearer to use hydro. Although we had, had that in Britain many years ago, this was new to us over here in Canada. I wasn't sure how I would like it and I knew that we would see how it worked for us when we got our main bills in the middle of summer when the a/c was on.
July was a stinking hot month, so I was expecting a $200+ bill. Our bill for June 28th to July 28th was $168.71. We DO NOT skimp on our a/c as neither me nor dh like the heat, and I know that some days the a/c seemed to be on all day. We keep the thermostat set at 24 oC (75 oF) and never alter it so it keeps the house at an even temperature, plus we supplement with a tall oscillating floor fan like this one in the family room and we have a ceiling fan in our bedroom.
It helps that our a/c unit is an energy efficient one. It also helps I don't use my electric dryer very often and I don't use the dishwasher very often.
I know I could do better on my hydro bill and need to work on it. I know having the toaster/convection oven helps a great deal and if you don't have one, get one as it will pay for itself in no time. It also helps we don't have teenagers in the house, as I know you are fighting a loosing battle with them, as I was forever going around after them turning off the lights and their tv's!!!
By the way did I show you the pitiful state of my "whirly gig?"
This was before the storms last week, after the storms it was a complete write off. So dh put me up a new washing line, just outside the patio doors in the new basement, so it will be a breeze hanging out my laundry.
Dh also went and bought me an indoor clothes line that retracts and is four lines and you hang it on the wall, so that will be handy to have along with my clothes horse. It is similar to this but only cost $9.00 on sale.
Tracy from Still Smiling, I can't leave any comments on your blog can you change the setting so there is an anonymous button please?