Monday, July 25, 2016
Battling the electric bill
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.