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Utilities cheap here?

November 20th, 2008 at 12:48 am

Either our utilities are cheap, or we are good at conserving.

My electric only rises to $100 in August (major AC use that month), and my gas only $100 in January (Maybe a rare February).

This is with lousy attention to shower lengths (truthfully that is the one splurge I would hate to cut) and multiple computers on for many hours a day.

Yet I often see gas and electric averages of 100, or much higher.

We do have high tolerance for high/low temperatures (might be keeping us trim..

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And we 'power strip' most big items to keep down the 'phantom' power use.

Plus we have mostly CFL lights. which we are fairly good about only using wen needed.

But other than that we are pretty normal. using dryer, dishwasher, and other electronics to our hearts content.

4 Responses to “Utilities cheap here?”

  1. mom-from-missouri Says:

    That is cheaper than ours. Our house is a little more than 3000 sq feet with the heat on 63 currently (but a fire is burning in the fireplace). We only ran the AC 1 month this summer and the lowest the house meter got was to $116. Almost all our bulbs are CFL's (2 fixtures and 1 lamp wont take them). Yet, we can't go below $50 as that is the mim electric charge (mim water bill is $25).
    So compared to ours, yours is cheap. But, we don't pay for trash or sewer, so that helps balance it for some parts of the country, and if we ever get the water system finished to go exclusivly on the well (its on DH to do list...) that will eliminate the water bill leaving us only with electric and phone (plus propane)

  2. swimgirl Says:

    That's a lot, A LOT cheaper than ours. I know someone in my town who has a $65 gas/electric bill, but I think her family REALLY suffers. She is cheaper than she needs to be.

    Our bill is around $85 on a good month. Gets to $200 when we let loose with the heating/air conditioning, which is only about 4 months of the year. Usually end of January when I am just too sick of freezing all the time... and July and Aug, when the temps are well over 100 degrees.

  3. nanamom Says:

    Ours is way higher. Our gas bill goes to several hundreds for at least 4 months. I wouldn't mind too much if it made us warm but that is at 65 degrees. We put up electric heaters this year in the hopes that the bill will go down or at least we will be warm. The electric bill has gone up but not alot so we'll see.

  4. princessperky Says:

    Maybe the fact that I only have 1100 sq ft helps?

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