For those of you in the mid-Atlantic and Appalachian regions of the country, you probably remember the crazy windstorm we all survived in late June. That storm left thousands of people without power, some for over a week, all during one of the hottest heat waves this part of the country has ever seen.
Here at the DP household, we lost power only for a day and a half, and we were able to stay with friends in order to keep our little girl and this pregnant lady cool in the 100+ degree temperatures.
By the time our power came back and the air-conditioning kicked back in, I was doing a happy dance in our kitchen and praising God for the quick electricity recovery in our area. For a few days I was so thankful just to have a working refrigerator. It’s amazing how the little things can really put a smile on your face, isn’t it?
Well, about a week after our power had come back on, I had all but forgotten about the difficulties of living without electricity. We had family staying over, and our Bitsy Girl was busy turning the big O-N-E. I had grown comfortable again with having all these modern conveniences.
It wasn’t until this morning that I was hit by what I hope is the last of June’s storm’s little tricks: our electric bill.
Some of you may remember that we put up a clothesline in hopes that it would save us a bit of money on our electric bill; I posted about that here. I had shared that our electric bill was close to $87 from the previous month. In the next month, temperatures soared, but still our bill only increased a few dollars. The clothesline really helped us to use less electricity.
What really didn’t help was having to re-cool our house back down from 89 degrees to a comfortable 74 degrees, in addition to re-cooling down our refrigerator and freezer, both of which were hovering close to 60+ degrees in internal temperature. I honestly hadn’t realized how much energy this would take, especially when the outside temperatures hovered around 105 degrees for over a week.
But let me tell you, folks. That takes a lot of energy. Our electric bill nearly doubled. At first I thought, Surely this must be some mistake. How could our bill double? Not only that, but how could our bill for the month of July cost over $50 more than any of our winter months’ bills?
I am here to tell you it is possible. Thanks to our little power outage back in late June – early July, we owe the power company mucho dolares for the electricity it took to make us comfortable again.