Over the weekend I received an email from Laura, a reader of My Two Dollars. She was writing in response to my article “13 Ways To Save Money And Go Green” that was posted about 2 weeks ago, and this is what she had to say:
“I just had a great experience with keeping an eye on your electric use. I live alone in a studio apartment and decided to try cutting my bill. The only things I leave plugged in all the time are my fridge and stove, my alarm clock, my modem and a power strip I use for my cell phone, computer, and bluetooth headset chargers. (The strip stays switched off unless something is charging.) Everything else gets unplugged unless I am actively using it (yes, even the tv). When I went on vacation for two weeks, I even unplugged the alarm clock and power strip. I just got my newest electric bill and it went down from $62.03 to $19.27!! The most amazing part — I currently have no CFLs in my house. (I just bought one and am getting ready to install it.) With CFLs I can probably save another $10. I have seen the light!! (And then I switched it off and opened the blinds. ;-)”
Laura wanted to share with everyone her results from trying to watch her phantom power use, and you can see the difference – her electric bill went from $62 to $19, an amazing drop. Once she starts doing some of the other things on the list, such as installing CFL’s, her bill should drop even more. Basically, Laura did not spend a dime and saved herself $40 a month on her electric bill…even the freebies can both help you go green and save you a ton of money! What’s your success story? Have you made any changes to “go green” and seen a difference in your finances? Let me know!