The family has also significantly reduced using the clothes dryer. ‘It costs nearly 50 cents a load to dry clothes’ he said. ‘It could even be more when you consider it is taking us into PG&E’s second and third tier of kilowatt per hour pricing.’ So, with some spare items that were laying around the shed, he created a closet-type hanger system from hooks in the ceiling of the family’s garage. Clothes get hung up there after washing and then tossed in the dryer for 5 to 10 minutes to fluff them up. Anybody in the house that doesn’t want to hang up their clothes first has to deposit 50 cents in a cup above the dryer when they use it. This is saving $35-plus per month. For more ideas on saving money, Doug suggested readers visit the PG&E Web site at www.pge.com, which offers alternatives and posts the cost of things.The dryer, he said, is an easy place to start. ‘There are ways (around using it),’ ‘There’s not always ways around using other things.’ ‘I’d love to do more,’ he added. ‘The whole solar thing, wind energy, especially living in Cordelia Villages. It would be nice to harness that. But that technology is unreachable for the average person, especially in urban areas.’
The family are big fans of going green. ‘You have to start somewhere,’ he said!
Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at (707) 427-6957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Doug, the owner of Electric Bike Solutions, at the numbers and email below.
Office: (707) 439-3179
Cell: (707) 290-9764