Some time late last year we received notification from our power company that they were introducing a programme to encourage people to decrease their natural gas usage. Essentially it’s a rebate based on the net decrease over the same period the previous year. I read through the material because, of course, I’m always interested in a rebate! It stated that we would be automatically enrolled and no action was needed.
Today we received our power bill for March, which was actually for February. We received a $15 credit! I couldn’t remember what it was for, so I went on the website to refresh my memory.
According to PG&E:
For every 1% decrease in usage you’ll receive a 1% credit, up to 9%. Reduce your natural gas usage by 10% or more and your credit will jump to 20%.
I read our bill further and discovered that we had decreased the usage at this address by 27%, compared to the previous three years. 27%!! That’s not chicken feed. I was just discussing it with Handsome and we both felt toasty warm all winter and a few times I even though - oh, what the heck, I’ll turn it up a bit just because I’m too lazy to put on a sweater. And it also included the times that I kept the heater higher at night when the kids were sick.
Just in case you’re wondering, we normally kept the heater at 64-66F during the day and turned it down to 62F at night.
If we are still in this apartment next winter (which we don’t anticipate) it would be interesting to see if we manage to keep the usage the same or if we adjust to the climate and find ourselves colder and therefore using the heater more.