Much like pineapples, I am hardcore. (thisgirliknow) wrote,
Much like pineapples, I am hardcore.
thisgirliknow

Utilities

The average one-person household uses about 2,500 gallons of water per month.

Last month I used 17,400 gallons.

I was looking at my electric bill in comparison with past months, and I sort of freaked out about this. Last October/September I was in the 3,000 range (understandable, I water things more than the average person). And then it kept rising and rising and rising. So about a week ago I called The City of Tallahassee utilities sort of freaked out, they are sending someone out to see if I have a leak. Also, through the Tallahassee Lenders Consortium (the people who I took the Homebuyer Education classes with), I'm eligible for a $500 grant for more/better insulation, so they're going to check that out too. And apparently bring me free energy-saving light bulbs. Woot.

the good news is, I got my Utility bill today and I somehow only used 5,000 gallons. Still about twice as much as I should be using, but much much MUCH better than 17,400. We fixed the flapper in my toilet, which probably had a little to do with that, but not that much.. So I don't know what happened there.

I also used about half as much electricity as normal. I'm always light and A/C conscious, so I really don't know what the difference was, especially since it's getting HOTTER and I love my A/C whereas I use my heater maybe 10 hours total per year.

As soon as it's cost-effective and more energy-efficient, I'm putting solar panels on my house.
Tags: energy, utilities
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