January Savings

The numbers from January are in and this is what I have saved:

  • Groceries: $286.87 (last January I didn’t care about my grocery spending)
  • Eating out: $35.45
  • Gas: -$1.50
  • Natural gas: $44.91
  • Electric: $3.50
  • Auto Insurance: $604.46
  • Mortgage overpayment: $100

This brings me to a total monthly savings of $1073.69 and a five month savings of $3127.42.

I realized that I’m really not doing as good as I want to on my electricity savings or gas.  But I only go to doctor appointments and that’s 35 miles away which isn’t helpful.  And I am also home using electricity all day whereas I used to go to work.

Here is what I am going to do to improve on electric costs for the month of February (Well, what is left of my cycle):

  • Shower with the lighted fan on only. I have a six light vanity that provides great light, but I don’t need it while I shower.
  • Prep meals and cook with only the kitchen lights on (3 lights) rather than the kitchen and table lights (7 more lights). I prep on the counter right next to the table but have managed just fine without it the last few days.
  • Follow my Old Man around and turn off the lights he turns on.  Our roles used to be reversed here.
  • Turn my porch light on later and shut it off earlier.
  • Sweep my hard floors rather than vacuum them every time there is something on them. This will push vacuuming to once a week.
  • Run the furnace less. I am adjusting the schedule so by about 45 minutes in the evening to transition to my starting nighttime temperature of 64 better.  This should help the gas bill too.
  • Turn the television off while I am doing things in other rooms. Usually I turn the volume up so this will be a real challenge. We’ll see how it goes
  • Open my blinds in the morning on days that aren’t windy to heat up the house and provide extra daylight.

Hopefully all of this pays off because I set a goal of reducing my electric bill by $38 this year over last, and right now, while I will hit that at this rate, I like to have a little more wiggle room for the hot summer that may (or may not) come and require some air conditioning.

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About His Polish Princess

I'm an engineer by day and an entrepreneur by night. I live with my Old Man, and our cat, Junior. Okay, so the cat is mine, not ours. I have some old fashioned opinions and I believe the unlikely can be achieved with hard work and a little bit of luck. I like cars and motorcycles and remodeling houses and taking risks. I love my family and my community in Small Town, USA. I believe life is one grand adventure that should be lived and thoroughly enjoyed. In 2013 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and focused on natural healing. Fortunately, my disease has been in remission since 2014. In 2015 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. These things are just a road bump in life. They won't stop me from remodeling or buying houses or starting new ventures. Life is all about how you see it.
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