I admire you on your plan on cutting the cable with Direct t.v. or any t.v. company, it really is a lot money, the money you spend per month you could put it away for a “Prepper” day.
My wife and I had just talked about doing the same thing starting Jan. 2014, we have Roku and we listen to Pandora, the music channel, also she like to watch the Hope channel along with Crackle. Also you can get Hulu for $7.00 per month. The only thing she will miss is the Joyce Meyer channel.
Another way we save money is by NOT turning on lights at night, if I want to read I use an oil lamp, we eat dinner by oil lamp, so far we have gotten our electric bill down to $30.00 per month. We used to heat our hot water by a furnace (oil heat ), and oil was running me $125.00 per week, so went out and bought an electric hot water tank, problem solved. In our bed room we have a small gas log fire place that we keep on low, have only used 15 gallons since Nov. 19. Just filled it up Tuesday to 80 gallons should last me till Feb. In the main living room we have a pellet stove. Keep it set for 50 degrees at night, during the day will have it on at 75 till the sun comes around the back side of the house then we turn it back down and leave the curtains open and let the sun warm the room. We use the kerosene heater in my wife’s office and then we keep it low.
On real cold days we turn the kerosene heater on with the pellet stove as our living room is rather large and it takes quite a bit to warm, but that is only when we have family a friends over!!
We do have radiant heat but like I said oil is very expensive!! Any way to save money helps and I know with children it can be a challenge!!
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From Rourke: Thanks for sharing your experience. I cannot begin to imagine a $30 electric bill. You right though – with having two boys in the house it is pretty difficult keeping electricity usage down.
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I would LOVE to get my electric bill down that low! Great job! We have natural gas heat, but we use kerosene (and electric to some degree) to keep that one down. We’d love to add a woodburner but we rent. However, we have lived in the same home for over 10 yrs and treat it as our own, and the owner has basically given us full rein to make whatever improvements we want (and we have, we’ve added some privacy fencing and gates, ornamental and functional, added gardens both ornamental and functional, etc). As we want to move further out at some point, I am reluctant to make the investment. Kind of caught in a quandary, we can’t afford to move right now, but boy investing in alternative heat source would not only save money but ensure our ability to survive.
Congratulations on your efforts. Well done. We don’t pay for TV either and only watch public TV though not much of that.
Our electricity bill is right down as we have 3kw of solar panels and live in a place with lots of sun and with the government buy back of excess power we don’t have power bills for about 5 months a year and the rest of the time I think we are about the $30 a month. We do have gas for cooking and hot water and that works out at about a dollar a day. Where you live makes a huge difference.
grammyprepper, since you’ve been given “full rein” (more or less) why not just put in a small woodburning stove and vent it through the lower part of a window? Remove the glass; get 3/4 inch plywood cut to fit, cut a vent hold for the exhaust pipe, and vent the stove through a window. You can buy insulated metal floor protectors to set it on, or just use tile, if you prefer. Be prepared to pay for the new window when you leave, but, I’d think you’d pay for that in the first winter of auxiliary heating with a small woodburner (and you can cook on it, too, if you get a flat top surface). You can get a metal container, keep it up against one or both sides of stove, let it keep water hot so you always have hot water at the ready, and the water provides additional “radiant” heating as it sits there and stays warm. Let’s see now: more heat with a woodburner, backup cooking system (or just because you like slow-cooked beans, stew, etc.!) and hot water at no additional cost, with radiant heat. Hmmmmm…..whaddya’ think?!
Another good way to stay warmer is to insulate the body – not the house. Wear more layers, such as “long johns” – and I prefer the “wick away” type – they are well worth the money, IMHO; but this doesn’t address cold hands. Winter is a great time to wash dishes by hand!