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Buying a Tree Tomorrow

September 27th, 2012 at 05:14 pm

Hello, everyone. Another step in my list of goals to reduce overall spending will be accomplished tomorrow. The dh is going to pay for a red oak tree that will be delivered and planted on the west side of our house where the sun is the worst in the afternoon. That is also the side where the kitchen is. I look forward to lower utility bills when the tree is mature. It is already about 6 feet high.

And speaking of reducing spending, I just received our latest gas bill today. We are on a level payment plan and they finally got around to re-evaluating our payment based on last year's usage. Our payment went from $57.18 to $36.86! Holy cow!! I thought the gas bill might go down some because we have been using the energy efficiency features on the dishwasher, but this is beyond believable.

We have not received our evaluation of electric usage yet. Maybe next month...

5 Responses to “Buying a Tree Tomorrow”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Nice adjustment and a testament to your lower utility usage. Plans for the savings?

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    I believe that the electric bill will also be lower because we have been installing LED bulbs throughout the house and using the energy efficiency feature on the dishwasher. I plan to use the "extra" money to paying off debt and accumulating funds in the car and house savings accounts.

  3. Wino Says:

    I have not yet made the change to LED bulbs. Last time I checked, I felt they were still too expensive. But I guess the fact they should pretty much never burn out would mean that the sooner I buy them, the sooner I'll start saving money with them. How much would a 60W equivalent bulb go for nowadays? Here in Dubai, I don't pay my utility bills (company-paid), so I won't be getting them until I return to the US.

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    Well, the LED equivalent of a 60 watt bulb is $25.97, but we find the 40 watt equivalent to be fine for us in most areas of the house and only cost $9.97 at Home Depot. Also, we feel that making a small sacrifice like this is not really a whole lot different than making other investments in your house, like energy efficient windows.

  5. Jerry Says:

    Oh, I hope that tree grows very fast for you and leads to some help on the energy front! The bill adjustment sounds great, and it is nice to have the insurance of a utility company that will do something like that. Congrats!

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