One Last Surprise From Last Month’s Storm

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.

Fantastic, huh?

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.


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