Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Spring is in the Air - Time to Attack the Utilities!

Spring is coming soon to Atlanta, which means that it's getting be about time I turn off my central heat and stop using the dryer so much.

My darling husband, whom I adore to distraction, has taken a job out of state that involves him being out of town most weekdays. Since in a few months he'll need to start paying rent elsewhere, we're going to be having an increase in our living expenses. I can tolerate a lot more extremes of heat and cold than he can, so I'm going to be trying to get the utilities as low as I can while he is gone.

So this means no more central heat and air, no more dryer, I'll be back to power stripping everything and I'll try and use less lights. I also need to be a bit more conservative of water.

Last month our utilities were $286.41 and I am determined to cut that by at least 50% if not much much more in the coming month.

So I'm throwing this out there as a challenge. See what percentage you can knock off of your utilities in the next month! I think anything over 20% is a great great step!

Extra money from this for now will go towards paying down a joint debt that my husband and I have. We're looking forward to some serious financial progress this year!

2 comments:

Family Man said...

Sounds like a good plan. Looking forward to seeing how it pans out for you.

Sarah Eliza said...

My roommate and I were disappointed to find that going from a consistently 66-ish degree thermostat to 63 only made about a $5 difference in our overall gas bill last month. I don't know if our insulation just sucks or if that's normal... but anyhow, I'm really curious how far you can cut your costs on utilities! Here's hoping we get great weather to help you out!