Yes, I know Ke$ha wasn’t referring to energy bills when she wrote that song, but for the past few months I have been actually cheering whenever our new electricity bill comes through because it keeps going down, down, down.
From the moment we turned on our ductless heat pump last fall, we knew it was a smart decision to replace our old, inefficient wall heaters. I had forgotten what it felt like to be warm in our house during cold weather, so when I didn’t need to wear multiple layers plus gloves to be warm, I was thrilled. And the warm, happy feelings kept coming month after month as we saw our heating bills go down while maintaining (or rather increasing) our comfort.
According to our energy bills and the energy bill comparisons our electric provider Portland General Electric provides, we saved $327.59 in heating costs since we installed our heat pump. The savings were modest at first – our bill only went down $19 the first month, but when the colder weather hit we started to see the real savings. Our bill for December was only $89 – less than half of what it was in the winter of 2013 AND our house was noticeably more comfortable!
Saving so much money on our heating bills every month not only means that the payback time for the unit will be shorter, but it also means we can put the money we save every month toward other expenses, like other house projects or our savings. Of course it’s not really extra money in our pockets until we save enough on our bills to cover the upfront cost, but it feels like extra money.
We also plan to use fans, rely on the shade from our neighbor’s tree and hopefully the added attic insulation we will be installing soon will help us stay cool.summer so we don’t negate any svings we saw this It is satisfying to see how making an energy-efficient improvement in our house has increased our comfort and saved us money in such a short amount of time. I am very thankful that we had so many resources to make this an affordable project for us. Thanks to the State of Oregon, Energy Trust of Oregon and Portland General Electric, an upgrade that was formerly out of our reach is now saving us hundreds of dollars less than six months after we installed it.
Heating season is pretty much over now so you aren’t likely to find the great deals that we did on our system, but if you are in the market for an upgrade, I suggest doing your research now to be ready for those killer deals that are sure to come around in the fall. And as always, if you have any questions about the research we did, or the specific model we installed, ask away in the comments.