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Water bill is drowning me!

February 2nd, 2010 at 07:20 pm

I rent a small (less than 1000 sq ft) older house that's clearly not very efficient. Besides the high power bill due to the single pane windows and drafty floors....my water bill has doubled in the past 2 cycles and I really don't know why.

There are 4 of us in the household and our water habits have not changed. The utility company checked the meter and don't see any problems. We're pretty much just home on weeknights and weekends. We don't have a dishwasher so we do have to do dishes by hand; we never use water outdoors for anything.
Other than the possibility a plumbing leak....I'd love anyone's suggestions on how to lower this bill. I know I could get the landlord to check things out, but he didn't think there was a problem when we started having $300-$400 power bills (with the thermostat never going above 62).

We're trying to move to another place, but in case we end up staying here for a while, I'd love any suggestions! It stinks when you try to get 2 steps ahead and these crazy bills take you 3 steps back. It's a budget buster!

Bye Bye Lowes

February 2nd, 2010 at 07:10 pm

Yay for me....the balance on my Lowe's card should be paid off within in the next week...ahh...sweet relief. Thanks to Rick's year-end bonus, this is our 2nd credit card to be paid off. 3 more to go and 2 car loans- feels like it's taking so long but obviously we're making progress!