Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Getting a rein on electic costs
Finally, a month where the electric charges are for JUST this rental, including no charges from the former rental. While my electric bill was very reasonable at the former home (budgeted $100/month), my past few bills have been ridiculous, but if compared to most, totally normal. I aim to continue to be conservative.
A few things have come to light:
June 573 kwt, $255.65 for a partial month as this was our transition month
July 1210 kwt, $248.95
Aug 1320 kwt, $223.03
When we first moved in, a realtor who also lived in the complex told me to expect $200/month for utilities.
I also realized that previously, my past 2 rentals had hot water supplied by oil fed boiler systems to the tune of $90/month. Hot water needed to be factored in. Also, the appliances here are 10 years old (dishwasher is a replacement, as is the washer-looks like it was acquired second hand. It works fine, no issues. The dryer, only used for towels, is powered mostly by natural gas-those bills have a $25/month budget for now)
So, keeping $90 for hot water plus $100 for electric, I aim to get my bill down to $190/month. Also toss in unusually hot, humid weather, multiple heat waves-the central A/C has been in overdrive. We've recently been blessed with cooler weather so it's been off for several days. Even with windows closed to noise for the night, the house has been about 72-76 degrees.