Water Bill Woes

23 Aug

If there’s one piece of advice we heard from experienced home owners more than any other, it was to be prepared for higher utility bills once we moved into our house. It’s simple math really. More square footage = more space to cool. A yard to take care of = more water usage.

So, we timidly peeked into the mailbox that first month with our fingers crossed and were pleasantly surprised. Both our electric and water bills were not much higher than they had been at our apartment – a fact we attributed to our new A/C system and Husband’s Hitler-like monitoring of the thermostat (I swear he can hear me touch it from 2 rooms away).

Throughout the spring and early summer, we were lulled into comfortable expectations of what the bill would read each month. We were even looking forward to a lower water bill in July once the watering restrictions were being enforced. We had to cut our lawn-watering from 3 times a week to 2, and even though our neighbors’ yards seem to yellow a little, ours stayed fiercely green.

That fertilizer really worked, we thought.

Then came the July water bill. Let’s just say if the picture above represents our water bills from the previous months, the one below perfectly describes July.

Husband’s jaw dropped when he opened the envelope, and he immediately marched into the yard determined to find the leak – the only possible explanation for this atrocity. I offered to help by calling the city and requesting that someone come check our water line for a leak, and they agreed to send someone out the next day. One thing was for sure – we were not paying that water bill.

Then, the next morning I received a hushed call from Husband.

“Hey, um, yeah…call the city back and tell them not to come out,” he said shyly.

“What? Why?” I responded.

“Well, um, I know why our water bill was so high.”

I could tell by his tone that he was choking on the words I was wrong, and they just wouldn’t come out. Finally, he admitted he figured out why our yard was so green. He had cut the sprinklers back from 3 days to 2, but in the process, he had increased the length of time they stayed on and it was enough to make a swimming pool out of a bird bath of a water bill.

Oh, well. Maybe we’ll get Yard of the Month as a consolation.

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2 Responses to “Water Bill Woes”

  1. Erica August 24, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Oh no! That is the worst when you have to spend money on high bills!

  2. Dad August 25, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    LOL!! I can definitely relate to Preston’s gestappo-like nointoring of hte thermostat 🙂 Your mom & sister are notorious for turning the stat down at every chance, & I am equally diligent in returning it to the “proper” setting ;-). Yes, those H2O bils can get steep for a green lawn, especially this summer!

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