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High Summer Utilities

June 18th, 2017 at 06:26 am

It's just that time of year. More watering of the lawn, which is very large. And the cooling of our home. Because of the high humidity and heat of the southeast, I cannot set the air conditioning too high or mold will grow.

Last month the water bill was $88 and this month it is $114. Not super happy about it, but the lawn does look better with more water on it. The good news is our neighborhood has put a ban on irrigation temporarily because one of the water pumps isn't working, thus some residents are having low water pressure. It helps those residents with better pressure if we don't irrigate. It has been one week so far and I expect that will result in a slightly lower bill next month.

The electric bill was $122.88 last month. This month it jumped to $220.90. I did compare that higher bill to last year at this time and it was $252. So I kind of feel that there is an improvement in using less electricity in areas we can control. I'm still hanging my own clothes to dry, but I know my girls are still using the dryer. And I do use the dryer for towels and jeans. Reducing the use of electricity is still on my radar. We will keep trying despite the weather!

10 Responses to “High Summer Utilities ”

  1. PatientSaver Says:

    Yes, those are high utilities. I'm so afraid to see my electric bill after 3 days of use in May and 2 days in early June.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Your utility rates must be really high. I had thought our utilities would go up when we bought a house, but other than paying for water, they are pretty much the same. Even with keeping a few lights on 24/7.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Different parts of the country have different rates. Its also VERY humid here thus our heat pump has to work pretty hard unfortunately.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    As much as those bills hurt, you can at least cover them. We keep the a/c on whenever it gets warm because we both have severe allergies and can't have the windows open. I would think the prospect of mold and the health issues it could start would make that a/c bill well worth the price. I know different parts of the country have different rates for power and water. Our water bill went up 3 fold over a year ago to help pay for dredging the lake. We weren't happy, but it makes economic sense for our city.

  5. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    My utility bill went from $150 to $80. LOL. It drops here in the summer without heating and we don't have ac.

  6. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    My utility bill went from $150 to $80. LOL. It drops here in the summer without heating and we don't have ac. Wowsa about your water bill. Ours is consistent all year $100/month.

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    I like your utility bills better LAL! We don't water the lawn all year, so I'm sure the average would be kind of low if I took the time to figure it out. Maybe $45/mo on average.

  8. My English Castle Says:

    I was very happy with the electric/gas bill last month, but it's been a hot week. I love it when I can have the windows open and a cool breeze. I do usually use the clothes line in the summer if I can.

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    CCF - Remind me not to move to a high utility bill part of the country. Smile

  10. Kiki Says:

    I was able to turn off the watering for the winter time with the amount of rain we received this year and really didn't start watering until early May. But Sacramento has been in the throes of that horrible heat wave and I use the air-conditioning several days last week and then consistently since I've been home on Sunday. I really don't want to see my electric bill next month. I just received last months and it was $53 but next month will probably easily be double

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