I don’t turn the heat on

in the winter unless we are having a string of cold nights–40 and below, the day temp is set at 68.

summer, I try to hold off as long as I can. I have had the ac on a few days, but that is because the humidity combined with the heat was terrible. I do have a dehumidifier that I run when the humidity is unbearable. Day temp with ac is 80. I have a 4 time set on my ac/heat, so it is cooler at night (74) and gradually increases/decreases during the day. I’m thinking that next week, I’ll be having to turn it on for the summer.

What I find so painfull is the fact that since everyone has been so careful about water and energy use, the prices for each has increased as they have seen revenue decline. I’m not using more water than I have in the past 21 yrs living here, but my rate has doubled. The electric we have been using more, but the house is more energy efficient, so we aren’t using much more than we have in the past 21 yrs, but we are also paying double.

I’ve done everything they suggest about lowering usage, but it doesn’t help if my conservation causes the rates to rise….I know that I’m not the only customer that feels that way

Where it the world do you live?!

We live in south Louisiana near the gulf coast. We often joke that we have 2 seasons, hot and hotter. No one here really owns “coats”. A like microfiber jacket is all I own. Many people here wear a similar jacket or sweat shirt or sweater, etc.

Our summers? Totally different story. We are having temps in the low 80’s now and I am surprised it’s not warmer. Soon enough we will have mid to upper 90’s with matching humidity. The air is like a sauna most days even when we have no rain. But when it rains, it is often made worse, not better. We will have 90’s through the end of September and possibly into October like we did last year. Ugh. Dd’s birthday is Oct. and there have been years it was warm enough to have a swimming party if we’d had a pool. No kidding.

We try to keep our thermostat at 78º and usually once the temps get to the mid-80’s that is fine. It’ll run enough all day to keep it comfortable in the house. When the temps are upper 70’s to about 80, it may go too long between running to keep it comfortable.

Last winter we kept our thermostat at about 65º most days and nights. It was pretty comfortable for me though dh is on blood pressure meds and went around in an extra shirt or sweat shirt.

I am getting us signed up for bill averaging. It is available for electric and gas which are billed on the same bill. They average the last 12 months for your bill. It is not the exact same amount every month but usually very close, within a few dollars or so. I am anxious to see how much it turns out to be.