Monday, December 26, 2016
Keeping an eye on energy costs, the household budget
Our move to the city brought a lot of changes, including changes in our utlities:
Cable/Internet: we now have a different company than before, and because we moved, we are on a special 2 year "promo" paying about what we were before, but now having expanded service/channels
Electric: the range and clothes dryer are now gas, the water is now heated with electricity, we have central air conditioning vs window units, the appliances are 10 years old vs brand new. I have budgeted $220/month for electric as charges level themselves out. Previously, this was $120.
Heating Oil: no longer is used to heat the water or the home. I was budgeting $250/month ($181.80 for heat, $68.20 for hot water using 12/26/16 oil prices). We use either electric or gas now.
Gas: I budget $25/month for the gas stove use. I am now getting a handle on heating charges, including the transition months before/after Winter, where use gradually increases, spikes in the Winter, gradually declines. I just got my Dec bill for gas : $118.39-$25 for the range=$93.39 to heat in Winter. Figuring 4 months of winter heating, and factoring the aforementioned gradual increase and decrease in use come Fall and Spring, I have an approximation for the heat costs here, where we do have 2 programable thermostats in use. $465.56 is my figure but I'll bump that to $500/year + $300 for the gas range for a total of $800/year or $66.67/month. SOOOO much cheaper than heating water and/or the home with oil. Something to keep in mind as I contemplate moving and/or purchasing real estate.
Gas use has been up lately: holiday baking, use of the fireplace, use of the gas dryer. Time to reign this in.