Friday, January 27, 2017
Ugh . . utilities!
Around Christmas, we noted an issue with hot water, ultimately reporting it to the landlord, who fixed the water heater. I just got the latest gas, and electric bills. Sigh . . . half of the billing period covers the time while the electric heater wasn't working properly. I seriously was hoping to see an IMPROVEMENT over the $222.73 from the previous month. I see several factors:
-heat was on at a higher temp, and for longer periods
-increased gas dryer use (it still uses some electric to run)
-increased use of the gas range's oven for holiday baking session (unusual for me to use the oven)
-DS's newly found habit of longer showers
-a few days of bitterly cold, windy weather
What I've done to get this back to where it needs to be as $500 is unreasonable to me:
-lowered temp on bedroom floor programable thermostat
-reduced hours that the bedroom floor thermostat runs at a higher setting
-reduced hours that main floor thermostat runs at higher setting
-limited, once again, gas dryer use to only a load of towels
-instituted a 25 minute drying cycle for towels *(usually done 2x's/week) and hanging them to dry
-talked to kids about hot water conservation, limiting showers
-shut off the electric ice melting wires on the gutters (LL told me that they don't use a lot of energy, yet my electric bill is $100 higher this month, so any savings counts)
-been vigilent about opening/closing of drapes to keep heat inside rooms, at least for comfort
-been vigilent about lamps vs ceiling lights (Kitchen and the bedrooms have 6 pot lights, the LR has 3 sections with 4 pot lights each, there are 3 near my desk area). At the moment, as always, I only have my desk light on, it has a LED bulb.
-continue to only run full washer/dishwasher loads
-close doors in bedrooms to keep drafts at bay
-we have not been using the gas fireplace since around Thanksgiving as I felt it was adding a lot to the gas bill, although my LL said it wasn't much (it's relative I guess)
So, now I anxiously await NEXT month's bills. I've calculated that my electric should be about $130. Gas? I am still adjusting to but know that just for cooking and limited dryer use, it was under $25 in the early Summer months. Something just has to give.