If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that we recently moved into a rather large rental home. With a bigger house comes higher utility bills. I obviously knew this going in but when you’re actually paying the bill, it stings a little harder.
Last month, we slightly decreased our outrageous utility bills – including water, gas and electric. When we first moved in, our electric bill was $197. Last month, it was $117 which seemed like a big drop, but really we just didn’t have to pay the activation fee and the cycle was shorter.
Electric cont…: This past month, our electric bill was $104. I’m pretty content with that. I’d like it to be less, but I’ve done everything I can think of to decrease it. We don’t leave any lights on, we unplug appliances not in use, I don’t have the TV on in the mornings when I’m working anymore and we don’t use our washer/dryer all that often (about twice a week). The dryer was the thing I suspected was making our bill so high, so now we hang our clothes in the laundry room to dry and then fluff them in the dryer for about 10 minutes. Since our bill still is pretty high, I’ve just come to terms with it. I do work from home and my girls are home with me often. If the house were empty all day it would be a different story.
That being said, if I’m missing some obvious way to lower my electric bill, please share!!!
Water: I haven’t blogged about our water bill but it’s been right around $45 all three months. Not bad!
Gas: This is where we made the biggest improvement, but it’s not by anything that we did. The weather was warmer, so our heater rarely turned on. I wish I could say that I got tougher and lowered the thermostat, but nope. Maybe next winter 😉 Last month, our bill was a whopping $197 and this month…$62!! I will take it.
Now, we just have to turn the thermostat high so we don’t rack up a massive electric bill when it starts to get hot out. The hottest it’s been inside so far was 82 degrees. While not preferable, it was certainly manageable. All of the rooms have fans which makes a huge difference. I’ve also been leaving a few windows open to cool the place off at night when the weather gets cooler again. My husband can’t sleep if it’s super hot and I don’t blame him, so when it starts hitting the mid-80s regularly we will be turning on the AC.
If you’re looking for ways to save on your utility bills, check out my post on 13 ways to save on utility bills.
And that’s a wrap for our utility usage this month. How was everyone’s weekend? We have been getting an incredible amount of rain here in NC for the past week. I love the rain, but I wouldn’t mind some sunshine so I could take the girls out on walks and to the park! John and I finally bought some new bedding this weekend. We had been looking for quite a while (a year?) and finally found 1000 thread count sheets for $49.99 at Belk and a comforter at Costco for $48. I read somewhere that the reason hotel beds look so comfy is because of the white sheets. Our new ones are white and so far after one night sleeping on them, I would agree!
My 2-year-old (who will be 3 in a few weeks!) also FINALLY peed on the potty. We have been working with her for a good 3 months and she never went until today. Unfortunately for us first-time parents, we had bribed her with TONS of Frozen items (including a bike…) from Target if she would pee on the potty. So tonight at 6 we headed out in the rain to Target to purchase all of the items we promised her (and yes, she remembered each and every item).
I’ll probably do a post in the next week or so on spoiling kids, haha. Ours actually aren’t spoiled at all, but I’m pretty bad with bribing and Cami literally remembers everything that I say. Lesson learned!!
Hope everyone had a good weekend. I have a new post on my Become a Freelance Writer blog that’ll be live Monday! Check it out if you’re interested in a career in freelancing. I have some good content planned for that site later in the week, too!
photo credit: Flickr via Brendan Wood