Sunday, March 4, 2012

Electric's Down, Now for Gas & Water...

I posted about how I've been obsessively tracking my electricity use and got it down to a place that I'm pretty excited about ($16.31 last month). I'm still tracking it, and my goal is to consistently keep it under $20 (though that will get more difficult as we move into Summer).

My new plan is to get our gas/water/trash bill down as well. The BF pays this bill, but I'd still like to get it down. In part to use less resources (go green!) and in part because eventually his bill will be our bill, and his money will be our money. And because I want to see how low I can get it.

The trash is set, and is pretty high. So there's that. But, here are some of my plans to lower this bill:
1. Shorter showers (obviously). I think I could cut my showers by a minute or two each day could save up to 150 gallons per month.
2. Turn off the water while I wash my face instead of letting it run.
3. Use the restroom before leaving work each day. This might seem silly, but that's a gallon and a half each day.
4. Stop turning on heat in the morning when I get ready. We don't leave our heat on at night, but I do often turn it on as I get ready in the morning.
5. Don't let the dryer run its whole setting. Our dryer works pretty quickly, and if I wait until the buzzer, I waste energy. I'm going to work on using the dryer for less time.

These are five relatively simple measures, but I am looking forward to seeing how much I can lower our bill. Our bill this month was just over $50 (though I can't find the stub), so if I can get it into the forties, I'd consider it a success. Wish me luck!


  1. I'm guilty of turning the heat up when I get ready as well, it's such a waste.

  2. you've done great with your electricty! how many Kwh per day are you averaging?

  3. not sure about gas, but i work for a water company and 50% of a household's water is spent on irrigation (outdoors). you live in an apartment though right?

    i think the biggest ones after that would be clothes washer, and dishwasher. and looong showers