Electricity

Electricity cost calculator

We have a porch light that we used to keep on all the time. We would just forget to turn it off. Now that I have a smart bulb in there, it’s running a schedule (5pm to 5am), so I’m saving 12 hours of electricity. There’s a cool calculator that figures out how much money …

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Enhanced weekly electricity reports

Every week ComEd, my electricity company, sends me a report on how much electricity I’ve used in the past week. This report is very helpful, because it compares this week to last week. If I changed any of my electricity habits, like not running the dehumidifier, I can see the impact right away. Why weekly …

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How I got my electricity under 5 kWh/day

Replaced incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents. Put all my computer equipment on two surge protectors. Put the computer surge protectors in a desk drawer that is easy to access. Every morning before I leave for work, I turn off the the computer surge protectors, therefore turning off the power to my speakers, hard drives, USB …

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Comed: Get usage history

Would you like to know how much electricity you use? ComEd offers your past 24 hours of usage history. 1) Go to comed.com 2) Go to the tab “My usage” and select “My usage history” You will see a nice chart that presents your past 24 months of electricity usage. I prefer my stats in …

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What to do if your power cords have been pinched or bent

You find that your power cord got caught under a shelf, what do you do? Option 1: Throw the power cord away. Once an electrical cord has been pinched or bent, it won’t repair itself, the electricity will always have problems flowing through the compromised cord. Option 2: Reuse the power cord. Cut the cord …

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38 degrees is the optimal temperature for a refrigerator

“What is the optimal temperature for a refrigerator?” The best place I can think to get the answer is Sears. I would consider Sears to be the ultimate source on refrigerators. Where do you go to buy a fridge? Sears. To answer this question Sears Canada says, “To keep food at its freshest, the optimum …

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Measure your electricity with P3 International Kill-a-Watt Electricity Usage Monitor

You can now measure the number of watts particular computers or appliances use. The P3 International Kill-a-Watt Electricity Usage Monitor just plugs right into your outlet and the unit’s large LCD display counts consumption by the kilowatt-hour, the same as your local utility. You can calculate your electrical expenses by the day, week, month, or …

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