I’ve written in the past about working to reduce our electric bill. Given that we’ve only been in the house a coupe of months, I still don’t have a good feel for what to expect, but I do know that the previous owners had a year-round average of $165/month.
We’ve done quite a bit thus far in terms of insulating a few nooks and crannies, switching over to compact fluorescent bulbs, playing with the air vents to balance the upstairs/downstairs heat load, and raising our thermostat from 70 (which is what the previous owners had it set at) to 77, which is still quite comfortable. But I also knew that we were in for a (relative) whopper of a bill after the unseasonably hot July that we just experienced.
Well, I just got on e-mail from our online billpay service, and guess what? Our electric bill jumped from $129 in June to $220 in July. Ouch! I still haven’t seen the bill itself, so I’m unsure how much of this is due to increased usage, and how much is due to fluctuating energy prices. Either way, I’m hoping that it heads back down sometime soon…
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