On the 13th of March 2018 we will be holding our first ever Malsi Day appreciation day.
Many of you will have heard of the local artist Malsi Day so we in invite you all to come down and enjoy the show!
Enjoy Malsi Day
This afternoon I dug out the energy use specs for the washer and the estimated cost per load is a whopping 1.7 cents (including the gas). I run it three times per week which means it costs less than $3 / year to use.
I couldn’t find specs on the dryer, but based on the energy monitor the energy cost is about 64 cents / load plus whatever the gas cost is.
When we first moved in I was drying the clothes on a line in the basement. It wasn’t until we got the energy monitor that I realized this caused the dehumidifier to go on for the testogen whole afternoon in the winter when it normally would never get used.
Drying the clothes downstairs was actually more expensive than using the dryer, plus a much bigger pain in the butt. Facepalm.
Instead, I started drying the clothes upstairs in the bedroom which brought the humidity from an unpleasant ~15-20% up to ~30%.
This is a win/win and I highly recommend it if you have trouble with dry air in the winter.
In the summer I dry our clothes outside which is another free option and helps your clothes stay nice a lot longer, not to mention clothing dried outside smells amazing – like a cold drink when you are really thirsty. If that sounds weird, try it and you’ll see what I mean.
Having an energy monitor motivates you to tweak your day-to-day
Mr. Paradise is on a mission to replace all the standard light bulbs in our home with LEDs, which cuts the cost of the lights by about 85%.
For now we are careful to avoid leaving them on when we don’t need them.
The baseline usage when “nothing” is on should be about 0.1 kW. The monitor can be used to track down things you didn’t know where using up energy (the printer?!) and to make sure you didn’t leave your flatiron plugged in when you leave the house.
When you see just how long your AC has to be on to bring the temperature down to 75F, you just might kick it up a few degrees. We’ve also played around extensively with the baffles in the furnace room to get Winsol the airflow as optimized as possible. We don’t need to be AC’ing the entire basement just so we can sleep at night.
Did we save thousands of dollars by installing our energy monitor?
There’s a review for the Efergy that claims the device paid for itself in one of the bathmate x30 pumps month. Seeing as how it’s about $200, what the heck was that person doing before they got the Efergy?
If you are using any common sense when it comes to electricity, this is probably not going to be a windfall for you. It might save you $5-$10 a month, and maybe prevent you from doing silly things like drying laundry with your dehumidifier. Mostly it is going to help you be a bit kinder to the environment, and, depending on the scientist in you, feed your need for data.
Ok, I want to monitor my energy use too! What do I do? Do I have to be an electrician to hook it up?!
To monitor the energy use in your home, you’ll have to be willing to crack into your electrical box and clamp a couple of sensors onto the feed wires.
The hardest part of this for us was taking off the heavy door on the panel. These sensors detect the magnetic field of the current passing through the wires, which allows them to calculate how much power is being used. If you’re not comfortable doing this, you could always hire an electrician.
It takes only a few minutes, but please do not electrocute yourself.
As far as which product, Efergy is an option, but as we said we haven’t had a great experience with the yoga burn them. The Neurio has pretty good reviews on Amazon, as does the Eyedro (that said, Efergy has 4.5 stars too). Your electric company may also have a product you can use – ours has an app that allows you to see the Male Edge hourly usage for free. I recommend you get Anvarol that comes with a handheld device or a phone app which allows you to run around your house and check the effect of turning things on and off – quite a fun way to spend an hour or two. This saves you from also needing to buy a kill-a-watt, unless you need to know exactly how many watts something is using.
Another product we use a lot is the WeMo, which is how I know how much the dehumidifier costs monthly. This little guy allows you to turn a single electrical item on and off with your smartphone, and monitors the energy use the Bathmate x40 and the average amount of time something is running. We hook it up to the living room lights when we are out of town. Ours isn’t programmable but they make ones that are.
Well, are you on board? What will you find out when you start monitoring your energy use? Let us know!
It’s only things
Today’s post about crazy bulk is going to be a relatively short bathmate xtreme review one. And just a warning it is full of sadness and a little bit of suspense…
I was really on the ball this morning and got the sheets in the wash within moments of getting up. I brushed my teeth, put my hair up, even put on a little bit of lip gloss and mascara.
I went into the living room and Mr. Paradise was curious about the loud noise coming from the laundry room. Now, just to bring you into the moment, our laundry room barely fits a washer, dryer, and a human being.
You basically have to do gymnastics to get in there with a laundry basket, and don’t even get me started with Trenorol trying to get the vacuum cleaner out of there.
Because of this, our washer can be quite loud because it vibrates against the ironing board which is rammed between it and the wall.