Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Lights Are On...and Finally Someone Is Home

It feels good taking charge of my finances for once. But it seems like everyday I must deal with how irresponsible I was in the past. I want to go back in time and chastise my former self. Like how did I let my utility bill get to be $450?! Who knows. But the point is, I finally called them and worked out a payment plan.

I payed $65 yesterday. And for the next eight billing cycles I will be an additional $30 to whatever I owe. Sounds good to me. Well no, it annoys me that I owe this much, but alas, it's time to pay the piper (or the utility company).

My landlord just mentioned to me that I should look into getting some CFC bulbs. I've read about them and heard they save a lot of money on energy costs and last for years. I'm definitely going to look into them.


Jim ~ said...

Those are CFL (Compact Florescent Light) bulbs by the way. I have them throughout my house as a cost saving measure, nothing to do with being 'Green' because I already did it before it became some sort of fad. What's so great about the cost savings of these things? One of them is equal to eight regular bulbs. If you have a lot of lights in your house you will see the savings within a month. Turning the lights off also helps reduce the expense of the electric bill.

Keep in mind though these things contain a small amount of mercury. If you accidentally break one, you have to clean it up with tape, not a vacuum. The pieces of the bulb or a burned out bulb have to be properly disposed of too. Lots of people don't actually know this and just figure they could throw the bulb away. Glad you got a payment plan worked out though.

Sallie's Niece said...

Ah yes, CFLs, that's what I meant! I'm going to budget for a couple in the next pay period. Thanks for your input.