Post Your Utility Cost Increases
We received the statement for our month of December natural gas useage. December 2005 was colder than December 2004. Both bills were based on "current estimated use" following an actual reading the end of November. The gas company only reads the meter alternate months.
December 2005 over 2004: We used 51% more therms and cost was up 39%. (I've never seen a gas bill of over $500 before.)
November 2005 over 2004: We used very slightly fewer therms and cost was up 28%.
Our one-level 4-year-old house is 2900 sq feet. We are comfortable at 68 degrees daytime (14 hours) and 62 overnight (10 hours). We have two 50-gal. water heaters and a gas clothes dryer. One room has suplemental heat via under-floor tubing circulating water through a small gas boiler. We're retired, so lowering the temps during the (working) day is not an option.
Guess I was pretty much on target when I budgeted a 33% increase in gas costs for 2006. So far the electric bill has not risen dramatically.
How are your utility bills coming in?