My MIL lives on our property in a 900 sq ft home, all electric. Her bill is $111.86.
Our water bills are on the same meter, so for both houses, it is $111.83.
How do I find out how to reduce it? We are in Tx, so a/c is a MUST here, starting 2 wks ago. We will run it constantly thru most of October.
Usually in the summer our highest combined bills (both electric meters plus the water--on same bill) reach over $800/month.
Happy Homesteading Homeschooling Homebirthing Beekeeping Dready (& a bit redneck even) Mama to 4 fab kids : dd (23), dd (13), ds (11), dd (5)
Sq ft. 2100
Everything is electric
last month was 277. and that was running the a/c for two of the four weeks.
Summer electric bills are usually close to 400.
Water, trash, and recycling are billed together and we have septic so we don't pay for sewer. average of 60 per month.
Looks like we used 260 kwh.
I'm pleased with the bill, because I've been running around turning off lights left and right when I see them on.
We've not yet turned on the AC.
I am on budget billing for all of our utilities, to level off the high winter costs with the low summer rates. So, monthly:
$66/water & sewer
$122/natural gas (heat, stove)
Gas- none, we're all electric.
sewer- none, we have a septic tank
water- none, we have a well
trash- none. It's included in our city taxes.
I'll be able to bring down the electricity bill by using my drying racks instead of the dryer, and we run our thermostat at 80 and turn on the ceiling fans.
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Here is the cool thing - our bills always feature an energy comparison chart that spans one year. We had to put in a new HVAC system just over two years ago. I found the most energy efficient one that would work for our house (I was disappointed but they way the ducting is built in our (relatively new 15-20 year) old home and where our Air is located we could not get the really high efficiency systems).
Anyhow the cool thing is that since we put the HE system in, every single bill shows that our usage has decreased compared the same month the previous year. It is so encouraging because then I work on even more ways to decrease our bill so that I can continue the trend.
Since then we've had to replace the hot water heater, I've switched to all compact fluorescents, my dryer broke and I had to got a more efficient dryer, recently the washing machine busted and so we got a Fischer Paykel (I love this machine and highly recommend it). I turn off lights, turn off the computer, switched the dishwasher to air dry, I bought a green plug for the refrigerator, I keep my brewed tea in the refrigerator so it takes less ice, etc. It is like a fun and profitable game.
I guess the age of our house shows. Built in obsolescence means we've had to replace a lot of appliances that wear out completely. Except the dryer that was a husband and bunny issue.
water is about $30 every 2 months..included garbage pickup- we do our own recycling
-heat is woodstove and we get and chainsaw the wood ourselves- so only cost is gas/oil in the saw..
our phone bill is the crazy one- $62 a month for local calls and highspeed internet.. no perks on the phone at all..
our home is 5 people- 1200 sq ft- no AC..
Welcome to Texas.
Electric last month was something like $88. This month it's $115. But we've had stifling hot, humid days where I can hardly breath outside. We live in Eastern NC and have a 2 bedroom townhouse. The windows are crappy so hot air gets in. We have to keep it freezing downstairs so the upstairs won't be totally roasting. And that's even with fans upstairs.
Thankfully, we're moving soon and our next place will have better windows and such, so we won't have to keep the downstairs so cold all the time to keep the upstairs liveable. If we weren't, our electric alone would be about $180 a month by the end of summer.
SAHM to Ninja Boy (6) and Monkey Man (4) .
our house is 3/2, 1700 sf.