Monday, July 25, 2016
For the first time in my life, I am living with central A/C. This home is 11 years old, seems well built, hopefully energy efficient (I have an "inside" unit, meaning I have neighbors on either side). Whenever possible, I shut it off, open the house up, use fans. When in use, we set it to 76 degrees, use fans, close drapes. We've had simply oppressive weather; heat index to reach 100 F today, multiple air quality alerts. Add in that the busy street behind the complex makes it difficult to sleep with the windows open, which I prefer to do. I am adjusting, the noise pollution is better for me, remains a factor.
Last month's electric bill made me blanch. It did cover 2 homes, and one where the A/C unit wasn't working properly (since fixed). While a bit lower than last month's, we still have to lower it significantly more. DS was reminded that we are now on an electric water heater; showers must be short. I also reset the programmable thermostat upstairs and cautioned DD that regardless of her wonky schedule, the A/C will run at a hotter temp, once I am up(which is 6 a.m.).
I can't think of anything else that I can do to lower the electric bill. My former2 rentals cost me approx (depending upon price of oil) 1 gallon of oil/day to heat water through the boiler furnace. Call it $90 for hot water. My electric budget was $100 at my last 2 rentals as well so I am aiming for $200/mo for electric. Natural gas was ubber cheap last month, I await the new bill. The realtor who rented the unit to me, lived here and told me to plan on $200/mo for utilities.
We've had some issues with mechanicals here. Door bell doesn't work. LL advised changing batteries at the chime unit located inside. Chime rang to tell me that batteries were working but the outside button didn't work. LL advised changing that battery as well. Still a no go.I had DX look at it; the connections within the door bell button are shot. LL's DH was here yesterday; advised me that a new chime with button kit will be purchased, the wife has to select it. The existing "kit" is no longer made. He thought that he could do so today after work.
We've also had multiple issues with the 11 year old, garage door opening system. One of the lightbulbs in the unit doesn't work, we tried replacing it with a verified, working bulb-no go. The exterior key pad was not able to be used as 2 tenants ago, the code was changed but the LL didn't know what the code was. DX looked into it, reset the code with a new password, which I shared with the LL. DD's opener clicker stopped working, she replaced the battery, still no go. It's a 2012 unit, a former tenant had lost his, this was a replacement. Most problematic is that the door has been opening of it's own accord-serious safety concern for us. DX again looked into this, we changed the code on the off chance that a neighbor was using the same one. While LL's DX was here, he looked into it. He then left for a while, later returnng with a new opener clicker for DD and advisig to let him know immediately should the door start opening on it's own again, at which point, he assured me that a new opener would be installed that same day.
Quick medical update: in spite of having excissional surgery on my wrist, I have had zero pain, No need for narcotics, or even Tylenol. One of the perks of a high pain tolerance. Having another casted arm is an annoyance, I anticipate getting it off in a week, when I return to the surgeon. I am doing well.
In the kitchen department, we've kept things simple, and I am able to do quite a bit. Planed overs, burgers, pizza have been on the menu.
Here's Sunday supper this week: