Tips on Taking Control of Your Energy Bill: Unplugging Devices When Not in Use

Almost one out of three households in the United States struggle to pay their energy bills and as electricity costs are predicted to continue increasing on through 2020, this pressure could get even worse.

Generally, most of what we use electricity for is on necessities. Over 60% of energy consumption goes to powering appliances like refrigerators, keeping the heat and air conditioning on, and interior lighting. The other 40% goes to non-essential and luxury items like game consoles and TVs. Yet, one in ten households are kept at unsafe temperatures just to save money and one in five will go without other basic necessities as well, effectively overlooking simple ways to save. Turning down the thermostat is a good way to scale back high bills, but it certainly isn’t the only option.

From resealing doors and windows to switching to LED light bulbs, even small changes can add up to big savings on electricity. Ready to wrangle your family’s energy usage? See this infographic for more.

Dear Jack: Our New House Now Has Electricity & Tile (2015 Hyundai Sonata Weekend)

4 years, 1 month.

Dear Jack: Our New House Now Has Electricity & Tile (2015 Hyundai Sonata Weekend)

Dear Jack,

With our firm closing date on January 29th, we are just about 6 weeks away from moving in to our much anticipated new home.

Dear Jack: Our New House Now Has Electricity & Tile (2015 Hyundai Sonata Weekend)

I would have to imagine that each remaining week leading up to our closing date is going to bring substantial new revelations; like this week, for example…

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Our new house now has electricity! It’s alive!

Dear Jack: Our New House Now Has Electricity & Tile (2015 Hyundai Sonata Weekend)

So that means we now have a working thermostat on both the main floor and the upstairs. Plus, we have working light fixtures and ceiling fans.

Dear Jack: Our New House Now Has Electricity & Tile (2015 Hyundai Sonata Weekend)

Our front door is now installed as well; with a working doorbell.

Oh yeah, and the tile is in! It hasn’t been grouted yet, but it’s now laid down. Somehow I either forgot or just never realized that we have tile in both full bathrooms, as well as our laundry room. (I thought it was just one room.)

Dear Jack: Our New House Now Has Electricity & Tile (2015 Hyundai Sonata Weekend)

We attempted to take a few legitimate family pictures in our house, but there just must be something about a Ninja Turtle lovin’ 4 year-old boy that keeps him from making normal pictures.

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Therefore, the whole family ends up taking a lot of silly pictures instead. We’ll take what we can get, I guess. It’s real life for us, so I’m not going to deny it!

Dear Jack: Our New House Now Has Electricity & Tile (2015 Hyundai Sonata Weekend)

As is our tradition, we of course drove over to the model house and visited the in-house agent. If for no other reason than checking in with her, to let you play with the snowman (your “baby”) and to check in on your “pizza parlor” (a piece of orange foam) underneath the Christmas tree.

Dear Jack: Our New House Now Has Electricity & Tile (2015 Hyundai Sonata Weekend)

As I mentioned in my previous letter, we visited the main 2 preschools we are considering enrolling you in once we move.

We also took another look at the swimming pool of the brand-new rec center, right around the corner from our new home.

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Of course, we had the luxury of driving the sporty new 2015 Hyundai Sonata, equipped with Mommy’s favorite: seat warmers. It also came with a panaramic sunroof. We even got to see a rare migration of birds overhead that was so real it looked fake, like CGI or something!

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You enjoyed singing your renditions of some holiday classics in the back seat…

 

We finished off the weekend with a trip to Big Lots to check out some furniture. After all, we’ll slowly be furnishing our new home as we go.

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With us spending Christmas week with Nonna and Papa in Alabama, it will be 2 weeks before we see our house again.

I wonder what will be update on it by then… maybe the hardwood floors?

Love,

Daddy

Catch up on the entire series of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Weekend. A lot of exiciting things happened!

2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T: Family Friendly Review

Dear Jack: Our New House Now Has Electricity & Tile (2015 Hyundai Sonata Weekend)

Dear Jack: Primrose Vs. Rainbow- Finding A Preschool Near Our New House

Dear Jack: Listening to Radio Hanukkah (SiriusXM Channel 68)