I open the drapes at this one window for the plant; it is Dancer's favorite spot in the morning:
|"Do you mind? I was sleeping"|
Later in the evening, I took a short nap and then, took the car for a drive. After I came home, I watched Dancing with the Stars and video chatted with my daughter. I also listened to some music. :)
My monthly gas bill came in: $19.78; I like the summertime gas bills.
The water and power bill (bi-monthly; for the period 7/19/16 to 9/16/16) came in, too: $246.36; broken down as follows:
electric = $94.09 for 597 kWh (out of 1,000 kWh at Tier 1 rates of $.14/kWh + 10% city tax + State energy surcharge)
water = $55.33 for 12 hundred cubic feet (out of 16 HCF at Tier 1 rates of $4.61/HCF)
sewer = $24.10
solid waste (trash collection) = $72.84
In comparison, the previous water and power bill (for the period 5/18/16 to 7/19/16) was $277.39 ( electric = $89.57; water = $63.17; sewer = $50.62; solid waste = $74.03). I used less electricity last billing period (584 kWh) and the charge per kWh was less at $.13/kWh (plus city tax and State energy surcharges). I used the same amount of water (12 HCF), but the charge was higher at $5.26/HCF.
The sewer charge is based on the amount of water used during the winter, when we are least likely to use water for irrigation (since winter is supposed to be our rainy season) plus a "dry winter" surcharge added. But the previous billing period's sewer charge was based on 12 HCF of water usage, using two different rate (one rate for the first 43 days; a second, higher rate for the last 19 days) while the current bill seems to be based on 5 HCF of water use. I am very confused, but I took a quick look at prior bills to compare and it seems that sewer charges fluctuate from one bill to another. I seem to stay at or around the same amount of electricity usage from billing period to billing period; water usage fluctuate depending on season and how often I water the garden, and the trash fees remain more or less the same.
I generally budget $150/month towards the water and electric bill, so as long as the bill stays under $300, I am fine.
Today, I am grateful for:
- a slightly cooler day
- keeping the kitchen counters clear
- my neighbor bringing in my trash cans for me
- an afternoon nap
- video chatting with my daughter; she shared a new recipe (for honey sesame chicken) with me :)
Wednesday's To Do List:
- office work
- put away washed dishes
- try the new recipe daughter shared
- water the front garden
- clean my bathroom
- water the indoor plants
How was your Tuesday? What have you planned for Wednesday?