We are now well into the heating season, rain has been coming on/off and will continue so all day, into this evening. Temps won't climb out of the 40's, it's overcast and damp. When we moved here, the realtor who used to live in this complex, advised to expect to pay $200/month for utilities (meaning gas and electric). Since coming to this area, other than a few years in an electric heated appartment, I have had oil. We now heat with natural gas, central air conditioning is electric. Water that used to be heated via an oil fed boiler is now electric; still makes no sense to me as to why electric was chosen over on demand, gas water heaters.
My cooking methods haven't changed.
One kidlet who was notorious for using alot of water to shower, no longer resides here
My laundering practices remain the same, although we do have a gas dryer.
I recently got the new gas and electric bills: electric went up (we're using a furnace that does use electric), as did gas (central heat as well as a gas fire place that I was told wouldn't be "too bad" per the LL).
So moving ahead:
1- I tweaked the thermostats: reducing the time frame that heat is elevated upstairs, and lowering the temp setting for the elevated heat down to 65 degrees from 68.
I am hoping that being sandwiched between 2 other townhouse units will help, come Winter.
2-increasing my consumption of hot tea over plain water (kidney patient here, so I must continue to consume a lot of water)
3-Adding some extra layers:
Today I am wearing a thicker pair of knit pants; a long sleeved, V necked "T" shirt; a heavier acrylic? or cotton? if not a blend, shawl collared sweater; my new "birthday scarf" double wrapped around my nect; my LL Bean wicked good, sherpa lined mocassins.
4-serving pots of hot tea with dinner
5-keeping a lap throw on when sitting around the living room (for tv, reading, visiting, what have you)
6-spoke with other kidlet who recently started taking far too long showers, explaining the necessity of lowering our energy costs
7-added flannel sheets to the beds, as well as extra blankets
I now anxiously await next month's bill.