Hello friends! It’s been about a week since I’ve blogged and I’ve missed it. Unfortunately for me, when freelancing gets busy I tend to forget about my blog. In all reality, I should put my blog first no matter what, since I hope to one day earn a full-time income from it. But since I don’t currently make much money blogging (I just made my first $100!), it’s easy to focus on the work that I’m getting paid to do and not blog instead of doing both, like I should be doing.
I took on a big project that involved writing 50 articles! I finished it in about 8 days, but between my regular freelance work and a few other miscellaneous side projects, I was swamped last week. It looks like this week will be a little more low-key, so plan on at least 2-3 posts from me 🙂
I blogged back in February about our extremely high utility bills since moving into our new rental home at the beginning of January. Our gas bill was $167 and our electric bill was $197 last month. So how did we do this month? Unfortunately…not well.
Gas: Our gas bill this month was higher than last month. It was $197 – yikes!! It’s still under our $200 “goal,” but I’m surprised it went up. February was extremely cold but that bill still stings a little. Luckily, warmer weather is on the horizon. Next winter, we plan on keeping our thermostat at 68 degrees instead of 70. Hopefully, our bodies will have adjusted a little bit to the colder climate and 68 won’t feel too bad.
Electric: Our electric bill this month was $117. I did say last month it was $197, so that seems like a big drop, but it’s actually not. We were charged a $25 activation fee and the cycle last month was for 40 days instead of 30. Subtracting that out, last month’s bill was closer to $125…this month was $117!!! Being completely honest, I expected MUCH lower. We used our dryer very minimally (I hung all our clothes to dry and then “fluffed” them for about 5 minutes in the dryer, whereas before I was drying clothes for over an hour in the dryer multiple times per week), we unplugged all appliances not in use, I didn’t watch TV in the mornings while working and we used the lights in the house minimally. Hmmmm…I guess it does just cost more to live in a larger home.
While I love this house, we’re realizing that a house this big just isn’t practical for the long-term. Our formal dining room has never been used, our formal living room isn’t even furnished and our guest bedroom has never been used (yet, anyways). If you eliminate those rooms, our house would be closer to 2500 square feet. When we go to buy a home, we’re going to look in the 2000-2500 square foot range.
I also figured by living in a big house we could simply just not furnish some of the rooms. While that’s true, as time goes on we have been slowly adding items to the home. Most recently has been the addition of three rugs. We got one for the formal dining room, one for the kitchen nook and one for the entryway. These three rugs are in addition to the two we purchased last month! When you spend so much time at home, you want the house to be cozy…and I’m realizing that you can’t simply live in a large home and never end up fully furnishing it. I can guarantee if we owned this home, all the rooms would be fully furnished within two years. You live and learn, right?
The photo on the left is the kitchen nook and the photo on the right is the formal dining.
In other news, I’m so SO happy warmer weather is on the horizon. We have been going on walks and to the park daily for a few days now, and it feels wonderful. It’s amazing what some fresh air and sunshine can do for your soul!
Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!!