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Fifth biggest expense - "Utilities"

September 29th, 2008 at 10:24 am

Our fifth biggest expense in the 2007/2008 year was Utilities, with total spending of $3 586.25. That breaks down to almost exactly $300/month.

"Utilities" include phone, natural gas (our furnace is natural gas, and so is the stove and dryer), electricity, city water & sewage, and cable TV.

We've cancelled the cable TV, saving over $30/month. We've switched to Bullfrog Power, which increases our bill, but we're trying to use less electricity to offset that. And we've got plans to put up a clothesline to dry our clothes, although I'm not sure how much that will save us in terms of natural gas usage.

As I mentioned in a previous post, we're looking at putting in solar electricity and hot water, which would affect our utility bills (hopefully in a good way!).

I'm sure there's more we could do to reduce our utility bills, and perhaps we'll take a month this year to focus on that.

1 Responses to “Fifth biggest expense - "Utilities"”

  1. whitestripe Says:

    hmmm. i have a hard time decreasing our power bill too. it's pretty hard for us because we don't have a dishwasher, aircon or clothesdryer in the first place, so the most we can do is turn everything off at the wall and make sure there aren't many lights on. Smile

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