Gas, Water, Electricity...reality is here
My local news announced new rates last night. Was ready for this, but not the astounding increase which takes place in Feb.
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They stated this increase would add $35 to the average homeowner's bill. Who the heck came up with that number? The total increase is over 100%. Which doubles my bill and I can't even remember when just one of these was $35.
So, I wake up this morning thinking about all that can be done to ease this pain. I'm already fairly conservative with utilities and do a majority of the energy saving steps. But the thought of going further conjurs up thoughts of living in an ice cave this winter.
Now we can be blessed with our little homes, any increase is not going to hit us as badly. But it is going to hit.
One of the things I am going to do is add inside window films and heavy curtains. Only one room isn't used, so I can't really close off living areas. I keep the temp at 55 during the night, 70 the first couple of hours in the morning, then 65 during the day depending upon the winter sun. Also cuddle up in the evenings under an electric blanket to read or watch TV. Although I use my fireplace a lot during winter, there are those articles about it drawing all the heat out rather than being a backup source. Will I have to rethink this too?
The water increase is going to kill me if I want to continue gardening with love. Wonder what this will mean to other's beautiful yards next year.
Have any of you heard of increases in your cities yet? And what ideas will you come up for in keeping the costs down?