Cost of existing…

First utility bill of 2022 arrived, which also happens to be the first utility bill after the price hike – for ‘reasons’.


This is a slight increase from the ~$100 a month it used to be.

I’m not really sure what I can do to bring the bill down; every light in the house is LED and at any particular time there are maybe 4 of them running. I stopped using the TV and the stereo when the last bill came in because together they are about 200 watts. And I run the temperature in the house at 72, much to my roommate’s chagrin.

I do have a pretty powerful computer with a big raid set for data and it runs 24/7 because it’s the media server for the house and offsite backups for work – but it’s on a UPS that lets me monitor the power use and it averages 180 watts when I’m not using it.

When I am using it for a game or something it’ll peak at 500 watts or so because the 32″ monitor is on and the 3090 video card requires welding current. But that’s maybe 2 hours a day on average.

I have two tiny freezers that supposedly cost like $50 a year to run, and the stove is gas now. There is a pretty big fridge, but I can’t see it costing that much…

There is the deep-fryer though, and it’s a 1500 watt dead short that the roommate runs for 15-20 minutes just to get the oil hot, and another 5-7 minutes for fries – pretty much every other night… I’ll try to talk the roommate into not using the deep-fryer for a month and see if that does anything.