This morning, I went outside to scrape the windows on my car. I couldn’t. The ice was just too thick. Ugh. So, I’m staying home today!
Our apartment is all-electric, and our power company has a "winter deal" that states that once we hit 500 kwh, we’ll get a discounted rate for 501 kwh and up.
We haven’t had an electric bill higher than $84 (with tax). I’m hoping we can keep it at that rate or lower for the rest of the winter.
Our electric bill is affordable because we have a good rate on our bill, but also because we took measures to weatherproof our apartment.
- We put weatherproofing strips around all windows. We taped over that, and then covered the windows with clear plastic.
- We put insulation over our electrical outlets on the exterior wall.
- We keep our thermostat set at around 65 during the day and 62 at night. It’s cooler than we’ve ever had our heat, but ya know what? We’re used to it now. We wear sweatshirts, slippers, and cozy up with blankets. It’s not bad at all.
So, our first winter in Pittsburgh is going well. We haven’t had heavy snow or terrible storms like they’ve had in parts of the country. The road crews here are efficient at plowing and salting the roads. But, it’s been cold.
How have your electric/gas bills been this winter? Have you winterized your home? (P.S., if you haven’t, it’s not too late! Even if you keep it up for just two-three more months, it will be worthwhile).