Does it Cost Less When One Person Moves Out?

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In July I wrote a post called One Less Person At Home, Will Expenses Go Down? Our youngest child flew the coop and I wondered if it would have an impact on the household expenses.   Once our son AJ began working we expected him to pay $200/month rent to help with the household expenses.

Since AJ bought most of the food he consumed we didn’t anticipate much savings in the grocery bill, although we did decrease our weekly grocery allotment by $25.   That seems to be working out fine, and we could probably even go down even further.  I allot $175 each week for groceries and all other sundry items like toilet paper, soap, cat food, aluminum foil, personal products, etc.

I was very curious to see if the electricity bill would go down.  When AJ lived here, he had no concern for the cost of electricity and it was not unusual for the air conditioning to be running in the “cool” position, even in the dead of winter.  Now granted it doesn’t get that cold here in the Arizona desert, but it isn’t warm enough to run an air conditioner.  Well, not on most days. It seems to have extremely good insulation – during the winter.  We have only turned the heater part of the air conditioning on a handful of times since we’ve lived here.  I would suggest that AJ open his bedroom window and let cool air in, and some years we even installed a window unit to bring in cool air.  His bedroom closet housed the water heater and was on the east side of the house (morning sun) and it just tended to heat up in that room like nowhere else in the house.

But since he’s moved out on his own and paying the bills himself… he has become extremely conscious.   He told me he kept his apartment quite cold the first week, but when he calculated how much money he’d end up paying to keep the temperature that low he started to keep it higher.  He can check his utility usage online and I’m glad he took advantage of that service option.  I’m glad he is being responsible…  although I do wish he’d paid more attention to his electricity usage while he lived at home. It was one of the things we butted heads about more than once.

He moved out mid-July so I will skip that month and examine August.

In August 2011, our bill was $458.25.  That breaks down to 1541kwh on peak; 2096 kwh off peak.

This year in August, the bill was $394.58.  1210kwh on peak; 2045kwh off peak.

Difference: $63.67

In September 2011, the bill was $439.52.  1556kwh on peak;  1825kwh off peak.

Current year September: $387.43.  1173kwh on peak;  2039kwh off peak.

Difference: $52.09

In October 2011 the company changed the billing period which was not a full month so I will skip this month.

November 2011: $222.08  812kwh on peak;    1058kwh off peak.

November 2012: $211.65  640kwh on peak;   1257kwh off peak.

Difference: $10.43

Hmmm… the off peak usage is a lot higher this year as compared to last year.  Interesting.

The bottom line is it does look like the cost of electricity has dropped.  That is good to see, and I am going to look for other ways to see if I can get that bill to be lower.  I may begin reading the meter daily just to get an idea on what it costs from day to day.  Since the weather has finally cooled down, we should not be using the air conditioner as it is very pleasant to have the doors open to allow some fresh air in.  My husband also put up a clothesline and I have been hanging the clothes on the line… Thankfully the weather is mild enough here that so long as I hang the clothes early in the morning they are dry by afternoon.

I will continue to monitor our electricity bill and challenge myself to see if we can lower the amount even further.

What do you pay for electricity?  Is your house all electric like ours?

 

 

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