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Considering there are four of you, you're doing great! I keep hearing that kids are expensive, and I think this is one reason my DH is glad we're waiting a few more years!

Mazske writes Electric - +/- $900

Our electric bills run about $16 - $20 in the summer and maybe a bit higher in the winter.

Some things we've done to keep our electric down (with kids, though, this may be more difficult!)

- Keep the lights off in the daytime. Even after three years in this house, I tend to reach for the lamp switch instead of opening the shades. I catch myself though and open them up.

- We have central air, but we don't use it. Our lower level is naturally cool. Upstairs, though, we bought a room air conditioner last year to use in our bedroom. We turn this on about an hour before we go to bed and keep it on all night.

- We purchased those fluorescent light bulbs and have them pretty much in every room of the house. You can find them on sale or with rebates so that brings down the cost.

- Keep any stereo equipment or things like the VCR unplugged when you're not using it. I read that those things use like 80% of their elecricity when they're off.

We do have a gas stove and dryer, so this cuts down on our electric use.

Hope this helps!


Oh, one more thing...My DH has been learning how to do all types of work on the cars himself. He is by no means mechanically gifted, but he reads, then talks to the guys at Murray's. He has changed the brakes (front and back), changed my alternator, changes the oil, and some other stuff which I have no idea about! This really saves a lot of money spent on labor at the auto shop.
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