Longest post title ever, but I am squealing with excitement.
We splurged on an energy efficient A/C (18 SEER) and furnace (90% AFUE) to the tune of $8,000 when we bought our house. The old one was well on its way out, so the sellers gave us a credit (not that much, but like I said, we splurged). Well, it was TOTALLY WORTH IT! I think it's pretty common knowledge that your HVAC uses up the most energy in your house. Well, perhaps not ours. Our power bill this past month was........drumroll please.......$52! It was also way cheap last month, but I don't recall the number. For comparison, our power bill at the 1,000 SF condo we rented was around $90 for hot months and the former owner's power bill for this month last year was $216! We also got a new fridge, washer and dryer (all energy efficient), which are contributing to our amazing reduction in power consumption. Of course, we also turn the A/C up during the day or when we're gone, turn out lights when we leave rooms, etc. but $52!!!!! I'm going to go do a happy dance now. Bye!