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Phantom energy usage

March 23rd, 2009 at 07:49 am

Several wks ago I unplugged several things around our house that were not used on a daily basis. I just recieved my electric bill and it has been reduced by over 25%! Wow, that is a considerable difference.(Though I live in Texas and have'nt run the heat or air in almost a month.)

My youngest has developed a rash on his face and arms. I called the school nurse and she said it looked like Poison Ivy. Did some research and think I will try natural meds. as opposed to corticosteroids. Hope it works.

3 Responses to “Phantom energy usage”

  1. M E 2 Says:


    I read on a message board, a few years back, about someone who couldn't quite figure out why their electric bill was so high.

    They unplugged everything in the house, had on of the older kids stand by the meter while they slowly ran around the house plugging things back in, one by one.

    It wasn't until they plugged a/the fan back in, that the meter went, in her daughter's words, crazy.

    Just a little food for thought.

  2. mom-from-missouri Says:

    How cheap am I?? I try to charge my cell phone and camera, and sometimes the laptop off my car charger instead of on the chargers in the house. Since we live in the country, I can charge one on the way to the city and one on the way back...Saves electric.

  3. Sunshine Suz Says:

    On the Poison Ivy---Try CalaGel. It's a medicated Anti-itch gel...Oak-N-Ivy Brand. I get it at Walmart. Oh, you're in Texas...HEB and some of the other grocery stores have it too. Also, there are some Homeopathic pills, I believe the brand is Hylands, you disolve a couple of pills under your tongue and they help dry it up. You can get them at Whole Foods and at the larger HEB's. YES, I'm a Poison Ivy expert! My daughter used to get it BAD...several trips to the ER... Good Luck!

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