(Toledo, OH) Given the fact that our employment prospects for the summer are - so far - somewhat limited, my wife and I made a pact: at no time will we break out the room air conditioners this summer.
In summers past we have watched our electric bills jump $100-$150 per month when the air conditioning is turned on, so we decided to tough it out and save perhaps as much as $500 in money that would otherwise be marginal profit for Toledo Edison and FirstEnergy.
All right, no smart-aleck comments from FirstEnergy engineers about peak demand and overtaxed power grids.
If I get desperate, I can always tool around the block utilizing my auto air conditioning, or spend an hour minutes at the mall sucking up the complimentary coolness. And then there is always the option of hitting the JCC/YMCA pool in Sylvania, which never fails to bring relief during those 90+ degree days.
We have already seen some positive results, as the monthly bill we just paid was only $120 - our lowest in recent memory. Given the handful of hot days already racked up in May, I think we have saved about $40 this month.
Now, if I can just train the kids to turn off lights and the TV when not in use...