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Keeping track of your power bill can help you make informed decisions about energy use in your home. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Devonyu
For some reason, I keep thinking about my power bill. First, it was the news's fault. The Pacific Northwest was hit with a really nasty snow storm last month, and this part of the country is woefully unprepared for it. So the news ran a piece about how some people were shocked by the energy bills they were getting. Huh! And here I had barely looked at mine!
Then my husband became interested in cryptocurrencies, so we spent a lot of time learning about what they are and how they work. Without getting into the technical details, these are digital currencies that you "mine" for by having your computer compute. The more your computer does, the more currency you get, so the most devoted miners have high-end computers that run 24/7. Since cryptocurrenices can be converted into real money, you can actually calculate whether the amount of energy you're using is less than the amount of cyptocurrency you're mining. You just have to know how much you pay per kilowatt-hour and how much power your computer uses! And, well, hm. I didn't know those.
So I've realized that I do a very poor job of following my energy bill. Up until now, I've just shrugged it off. Winter is expensive because I have to run the heaters. Summer isn't, because I don't have an air conditioner. That's all I need to know, right? As long as the bill is within the range I expect, I don't really pay much attention to it.
But no, I'm blogging here on the Energy Saver blog, so I know very well that I should be keeping an eye on this. So this year, I've resolved to keep better track of my bill. How much am I spending per kilowatt-hour? What are my most energy-hungry appliances? How much does it cost to run my heater?
I think I'll start with the Estimating Appliance and Home Electronic Energy Use page on Energy Saver and see how it goes! And now that it's a brand new year, maybe you'll want to do the same. You can't tell when it'll help to know how much your energy bill is!