Since we moved in I’ve been trying to make some small changes to reduce the environmental impact of our house. Obviously, since we now live in a much bigger space, we will have a bigger impact. The first thing I did was install a new shower head and tape aerator on the kitchen sink, as well as foam over the pipes from the water heater, these things were all provided in a kit from our electricity company. The next small thing was to turn the water heater down one notch (there aren’t actually numbers so I can’t tell you what temperature it’s at, but it’s not notch below the bolded one). Yesterday I googled our programmable thermostat to figure out how the heck to use it and now it is set at 65 during the day and 62 at night (can’t seem to get it to work in Celsius). Since I leave for work at different times every day I will manually turn it down before I leave. Another thing is that we are on time of use billing for our electricity. That means that during the winter electricity costs almost double during peak times (7 AM to 7 PM on weekdays), in the summer it switches to peak time being after 7. We’ve been doing our best to do laundry and run the dish washer after 7. This doesn’t really save electricity, though it does take pressure off the grid and save us money.
Hopefully as we move along there will be bigger changes to report, but for now we are doing what we can.