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Double Water Bill

May 16th, 2017 at 06:30 am

While I'm loving that lower electric bill, it seems our water bill has doubled! From $44 last month to $88 this month. It's that time of year where we are running our sprinkler system. It runs four mornings a week. I think it takes two hours to do all the zones.

Oh, and I should mention our lawn is huge! It takes us 1.5 hours to mow with a standard walk behind mower. Luckily the grass in the southeast doesn't grow too fast, so we don't mow every week.

If we weren't renting I'm pretty sure my husband would have convinced me to buy a riding lawn mower. But since we don't expect to have a huge lawn long term, the standard mower has been just fine. And walking is good exercise!

8 Responses to “Double Water Bill”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Isn't that always the way? One bill lower, one bill higher! Are you in the southwest now? I thought it was the southeast.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Southeast...just wasn't thinking clearly when I typed! Off to edit now.

  3. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    That's unfortunate about the bills! Hopefully the electric bill savings continue while the water bill increase is just temporary. Fortunately we've had so much rain here that we haven't had to worry about any sprinklers.

    Unfortunately, the rain has been causing the grass to grow insanely fast. My poor husband mows every week/week and a half, and it takes him 3 hours to do our lawn with a push mower. I was considering a riding lawn mower for his 30th birthday, but I think I'd like to try and get it sooner than that.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Seems like that is usually the way...something goes down while something else increases. Ick!

  5. My English Castle Says:

    We had a mammoth rain yesterday, and I swear our grass is an inch higher.

  6. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Good exercise

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    Are you in that hot a climate that you must water that often? It seems like a lot to me, but I live in an area that gets spring rain and then almost everyone lets their lawns go dormant for the hotter months. I'm assuming your lease requires watering. I'd try cutting it back to 3 times a week and then if it is okay with that, just twice a week.

  8. creditcardfree Says:

    LR, yes we live in the dry area of the southeastern US. Yes, the lease requires watering.

    The truth is my husband likes a nice lawn. Watering keeps the weeds down, which seems counter intuitive, but it does work. And the lawn looks pretty good. Again it is a huge lawn. So water for two hours sounds like a lot, but each section is only getting a little bit of water in that time. And unfortunately, we live in a very nice neighborhood with a homeowner's association. Most people don't let the lawn go dormant. And they don't let me hang my laundry out to dry on my lawn either. Frown
    Good ideas most definitely to lower the costs!

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