Good News: The Electric Bill Was High!

OK, so that’s not all good news, but bear with me.

The weeks in the last billing cycle were pretty hot.  We had quite a few days in the high 80’s and even into the 90’s.  In addition, there were quite a few humid days.  This meant that we were running our central air quite a bit.  The front of our house (where both our bedroom and that of Little Boy Beagle face) gets a lot of afternoon sun and there isn’t much any shade, so for us, the A/C is a necessity when it gets into the mid-80s.

Still, on nights when it cools off and isn’t humid, we’ll open the windows, and close them up again the next day before the house gets too warm.

Even so, I knew that we’d used our A/C more than any other month than in the past.  I looked and our previous ‘all-time-high’ bill was $160.  I was estimating that we’d probably hit in the neighborhood of $225-250 for the current bill.

So, when I got the e-bill, I hesitated for a moment, not sure what I’d find.  And, while it did crush the previous all-time high, it came in at $192.

I was happy with that because it was lower than I’d estimated, plus we didn’t cross the $200 threshold.

Hopefully this month is a little cooler and we can stave off another year before we have to worry about crossing the $200 mark.  So, while the electric bill was high, the good news is that it wasn’t as high as I’d feared it might be!

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Putting Doors Back In Frozen Foods

The grocery store that we normally go to recently went through and put in all new freezers in the frozen foods section. In doing so, they addressed a problem that I’ve had with grocery stores in general, that I feel has been getting worse and worse. This problem, of course, is having entire sections of frozen and refrigerated goods stored in cases that don’t have any doors, but instead are wide open.

I could never understand this practice and how it was a good idea.

I understand that a lot of the cold is being lost regardless every time that somebody opens the door to take something out. I get that. But, there still has to be more loss of cold in open freezers than those with doors. How do I know? Easy.

When there are no doors, it is COLD! I hated walking down the frozen food aisles because I would freeze my tail off. Don’t tell me that this isn’t a tremendous amount of energy loss every time this happens.

I could never understand why the doors came off in the first place. It’s everywhere. Did stores really figure out that they were losing sales because people refused to open the door and take out the item? Huh? I know we got lazier and lazier as a society, but really?
If there is anybody that can shed some light on this, I’m all ears.

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