Off Peak Electric Charges

Switch to Off Peak Electric Billing

Most utilities offer two separate pricing systems, a traditional flat rate for electricity, and a time of day pricing.  The reason for this is to encourage consumers to use electricity during off peak hours. Power plants are designed and built to handle peak demand, which is when the most electricity is …

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Extreme Frugalness Story: Moving a Pool

I saw this pool outside our local Wal-Mart on my last visit there and it brought back some memories. When I had owned a truck we bought one for the kids at our last house. The kids loved it and it worked really well for my younger son, because the …

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Obamacare: 25 Hours a Week Doesn’t Cut It

As part of the ironically named “Affordable Care Act” Companies that employ over 50 workers were required to offer health insurance to all full time employees, or face a stiff fine.  Full time employees were defined as those working over 30 hours a week.  This was obviously a move to …

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How Renting Textbooks Can Save You Thousands

For the most part I prefer to buy things instead of renting, but when it comes to text books for college, renting may be very advantageous.  When I was in college I would try to buy my books used off of half.com, and from time to time I would get …

Running Out of Water

Running Out of Water in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is in the middle of a water crisis, essentially they are running out of water.  Las Vegas gets 90% of its water from Lake Mead, the reservoir created by the Hoover Dam, one of man’s greatest industrial achievements.  In the last 10 years Lake Mead has dropped 15 …