It’s well above 90 degrees and the air is so thick you can cut it with a knife. Dawg goes out and comes back in very quickly. She’s not stupid. The A/c is thankfully working, and working nicely, turning the old ConEd meter quickly.
By sheer coincidence, as I’m firing up all three a/c zones, I got a ConEdison review of my electric use in the mail, comparing me to my neighbors. Hmmm. Says I’m only GOOD. Huh.
I’m being compared to efficient neighbors. Like who are they? I’d like to meet them. Can I get their addresses and see what makes them efficient and me only GOOD? I don’t believe it for a second.
I am so damn GOOD it’s unbelievable. Never leave lights on. Run washing machine only when I have more than one load to do. I hang out my laundry to dry. I mainly hand-wash dishes, there are so few. So what’s this that I used 139% MORE electricity than my efficient neighbors? Hogwash. My only guilty electric using pleasures are having the TV and computer on.
So what solutions does ConEdison offer me to improve my bad habits? This is really funny.
- Upgrade my refrigerator. Ok, let’s do the math. A new SubZero refrigerator runs about $8- $10,000. Where’s my $195 year savings?
- Awnings. Hmmm. I know something about those. I paid a fortune for four of them about 15 years ago, a real fortune for the ones that are automatic, remote control, the best fabric, easily $6,000. What the awning ad doesn’t mention is how they rot, how bees loves to nest under them. how the fabric gets moldy over the winter, and how it’s impossible to change out the fabric without a professional charging a fortune to take them down and refit them. We had to constantly wash them every spring with a Clorox-water mix, which sped up the process of rotting the fabric in the baked sunshine. Three are gone and in a dumpster. The fourth one was due to go when we renovated upstairs but it still lives on but rarely used. So how am I to save $240 on a $6000 awning purchase?
- The third one is probably the only one that makes sense – replacing old air conditioners. That’s in the plan here too but as I mentioned in a previous post, we really need TWO new ones and it goes hand in hand with renovating upstairs.
So I guess I’m stuck with the GOOD only rating by ConEdision because I don’t see that I’m going to spend money to be more efficient. For the hell of it, I should call my neighbors and see what their letters said. I think ConEdison is trying to make me feel bad.
Hope you are cool wherever you are. It’s downright nasty hot.