Thursday, November 25, 2010

A whine about the hydro/electric bill, a question and other stuff........

I got our hydro bill in the mail yesterday and it was $140.38 for the month.  So what you ask.......well of that $140.38, the actual hydro we used was only $54, that's it, the rest were miscellaneous charges.......it cost us $59.35 just to get it "delivered" to us.......what the heck.......


It wouldn't be so bad if we were frivolous with it, but I don't use our electric dryer to dry the clothes.  I switch lights off whenever possible.  There is only the two of us in the house.  If I use the dish washer once a month, I do well.  Obviously the a/c wasn't on.  I'm not sure what else to do to bring it down.  When we lived at the other house it was generally around $75 a month, but the "delivery" charges were a lot less and we were taxed less.  And now as per this news report, by 2030 our hydro bills will be twice as much as we pay now????


Is it as bad where you live?

I went to the post office on Wednesday to mail my Christmas cards to Britain........just under $60 later..........now granted $24 of that was for a couple of parcels, and there was one card to the US, but even so that is just crazy.  So there is going to be a different plan of action for next year.  I still have the Canadian cards to mail.  It is $1.70 plus tax per card to Britain now.  I will mail the Canadian cards next week.

I have been busy reading a book over these past couple of days: Sandra Dallas "Alice's Tulip."  It was about two of my favourite subjects quilting and history.  The book is in the form of letters from Alice to her sister, so a bit of a different way of story telling.  It was still really interesting and there was a little "blurb" about different quilt blocks at the start of each chapter.

Finally the question.  Do any of you have a Wii.  If so do any of you have Just Dance or Just Dance 2?  Are they worth getting?  Also are any of you getting Michael Jackson, The Experience?  They look like fun and thought I may use some of my Swagbucks to buy one.........

5 comments:

Evelyn said...

lost the link to your blog when my puter crashed a couple weeks ago, glad i found you again!
my bill is almost 300 a month equalized so 140 is really good.

Pom Pom said...

We do have Wii but so far Pom Pom has not taken advantage of it! Sky high bills are frustrating but good for you for conserving and living simply. Happy day!

Canadian Saver said...

Our bill was much lower this month, probably cuz we were gone most of it!

If you mail all your US and international stuff in 1 transaction over $5, tell the clerk to remember to make it tax exempt. Parcels are automatically exempt in the computer but stamps are not. (you need to mail them then too) . On large transactions you can save a lot of $$ this way :)

Andy said...

Two words describe our problems with hydro bills. Dalton McGuinty.

JohnD said...

Our power bills are structured the same as yours, however, our 'actual' electricity component usage charge seems to be higher.