I hereby do declare myself to be the single most low-power-bill-paying person evar.
My power bill this month? $45.30.
It doesn’t count if you’re a single college student/employed person who is never home. I am a mom, with kids, and Christmas lights on nightly since Thanksgiving. My computer’s always on, I run the dishwasher almost every day, and I like it cold in here, so the AC is often on, even in the winter.
Someone I used to work with has everyone beat. The city pays her for electricity. It’s a thermal thing. Her up front cost was high – about $20K, I think – but she plans on living long enough to cover that.
I can’t beat that but I have a friend who can. He built an earth-sheltered house in the Colorado mountains–not the warmest place in the world–and his heating bill last winter was $15. This was for a cord of wood for his fireplace, which technically is entertainment rather than heat. He has solar heat and generators and a windmill and thinks the power company ought to pay him, but they don’t.
If you’re not on the grid, or are feeding the grid with a solar-power installation, your monthly is zero, but your energy cost is still whatever it cost to install the solar panels divided by their lifetime, plus any maintenance costs. As she said, Auntie Pam’s friend is still paying off that $20k investment, which will probably take a very long time.
Well Sure. However, I bought my house with a water heater, a goddamn big propane tank and a furnace heater that runs on same. My purchase for this was included in my mortgage. And those additional items were nowhere approaching $20k, not even remotely close (heck, I don’t even own the propane tank, the propane distributor includes it gratis).
Suffice it to say that any “off grid” systems require a different perspective on “monthly” cost vs the traditional way of tracking energy costs. Is this even arguable?
I think being a college student should count! I lived in an A-frame in college, and was home all the time. I’d hang out downstairs when it was hot, and upstairs when it was cold. I didn’t need to turn on the heat until about this time, and turned it off about a month later. IIRC, my electric bills were somewhere around $20 a month.
Now, electric, gas, etc. are wrapped up in my rent, so it’s basically “free”.
ETA: The A-frame was all electric. I miss that place…
At the opposite end of the spectrum i had some mates at University who received a quarterly bill of over £1500 (that’s about 3k in your funny money ) one time.
It was obviously a mistake (they had a lot of tech in the house but not that much). Despite my advice (and all being annoyingly rich anyway), they decided to pay it and then work it out with the power company, who were sending them scary disconnection letters.
Did they ever get it back? Did they fuck. :rolleyes:
You can do that here. My fiancee is curious though about smaller stuff. Like wouldn’t it be fun to feed back into the grid when you hook up your bicycle trainer in the basement? Yes, she realizes the amount of electricity she’d be generating for a tw hour ride would be nigligible, but it still makes her giggle to think about it.
$15/cord? Holy cow…can I get the name of the guy he bought THAT from? I could ship it here from CO and still sell it at a hefty profit. AFAIK, you need add a zero to that number to get the going rate around these parts.