Our electric bill is going up every month. Last year, the fuel surcharge was almost as much as our usage bill. I just got a letter from our electric company saying that they are anticipating the fuel surcharge to be more than the usage bill this year! With temps already being in the 90s, we cannot afford another summer of high bills-- especially with summer being almost year-round here in Houston!
We have put in additional insulation, got all new double-paned argon gas windows, attic fans, radiant barrier paint on the inside of the attic, new front doors, and caulked and sealed every nook and cranny. Plus, we have one of those programmable thermostats (set at 77) and ceiling fans in almost every room of the house. And yet, our bill for March was still over $160. That means that when it really gets hot, it will be waaaay over $350 (at least). I have no idea what prices are in other parts of the country, but that is really high!!!
Since we will be in the market for a new roof soon (a metal one this time), I thought I'd start researching alternative energy sources. Do any of you use photovoltaic cells (solar energy)??? Do you know anyone who does? I would LOVE to hear any advice, info, etc. that you can share about your experiences!!!