No gas, heating oil or anything like that.
We have district heating here.
We have a washer. No dryer though. They are still too inefficient for my liking. Also I love the smell our clothes has when it has been hanging outside.
That's great to hear - I did a search and learned a bit about district heating. Phoenix has something like that for cooling in downtown. They have a big central cooling system that uses surplus power from the grid overnight (since nuclear reactors can't be turned off at night) and then it does the heat transfer during the daytime when it's needed. That's mainly for the big sports arenas, but hey - it works, and saves power. Anything where you get economies of scale is bound to help, and from what I read about district heating, that's the idea; to have highly efficient industrial heaters which pump that heat out to the surrounding area.
That's interesting about the clothes drying. That's not uncommon here at all, but we have plenty of sunshine and warm air outside. How do you dry your clothes in the winter time? Indoor clothes lines in the bath area? I've seen that too, in fact that's what my wife does for her hand-wash laundry that isn't durable enough for machine drying. My washer and dryer are about 10 years old now and although they were good when I got them, I know the new stuff is more efficient. My clothes dryer doesn't even have a moisture sensor, it just runs on a timer!Now back on topic
, I've had my kill-a-watt collecting the usage from my refrigerator for the last 68 hours. It shows usage at 7.06 kw/h, which works out to about 2.5 kw/h per day
. Not bad considering it's from the previous owner of the house, which means it's likely from when the home was built in 1994. Still, if that usage trend keeps up, that's 912 kw/h per year, which is certainly more than new ones use. By my calculations, if a new fridge uses 400 kw/h a year, that would save me 512 kw/h a year, which at the annual average of $0.115 I pay, would be $58.88 a year in savings.
With a new fridge running $800 or so, that would take close to 13 years to pay for itself in energy savings. I think my washer and dryer use a lot more power in the big picture, so I will likely replace those before I replace the fridge. It sounds like the OP's fridge was using something like 80% more power than my fridge and that the OP's paying more for electricity than me. While replacement made sense for him, I don't think I've gotten there yet, not to mention I sure don't have $800 laying around right now either. It's on my list though, I'm all for saving resources!
There is such a thing as efficient electric heat -- dual stage heat pumps are very efficient:http://www.gotohallowell.com/Acadia%E2%84%A2-Products/the-acadia-30.html
I use a heat pump for my house heating and cooling. Unfortunately, there were no cost-effective dual-stage pumps when I had mine done two years ago. I got the most efficient one available, a 16-SEER unit which actually wasn't working correctly until about a month ago. That's a whole different story, but now that it's working right, I already just saw a 30% drop in my power bill year-over-year from my old usage. Of course, the new dual-stage heat pumps cost only a couple hundred dollars more than I paid and are rated at 18 SEER
versus my 16 SEER unit. What can you do though - there's always something newer and better just around the corner.