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Winter Bills Blahs

January 31st, 2007 at 06:18 am

It's a big surprise comparing cost of living between where I used to live, North Carolina, vs. New Jersey. I had a 700 sq. ft. apartment with water/sewer included for $605 down in NC; here in NJ, I could barely find any apartment for less than $1000. Not to mention utilities are hardly ever included in Jersey rents, plus a lot of places want you to buy insurance, insist you cover your floors with carpeting or rugs, and a whole bunch of fees that make me go, Whaaaaaat?

Anyway, I am getting used to paying the water/sewer/trash and electricity bills, though I still want to know what is the "norm" for an apartment my size. Talking with neighbors, it seems I'm in the same ballpark. I honestly don't understand the water bill; my actual water usage is pretty decent (at most $5) but the sewer portion of the bill is always $25 or more. What exactly am I paying for? The amount of times I flush toilet?

As for electricity, sigh, winter bills amount to about $50-55 per month. Just for heating my stupid little apartment. On one windy day I noticed the blinds lining my balcony door were blowing around wildly, indicating there's a crack somewhere. Closer inspection revealed my sliding door does not shut entirely. I've had a service call in but they really can't do much, the door shuts "all the way" according to them. Sigh again. My dad told me to buy those sealing strips but it seems weird, sealing up a doorway, but maybe it'll help to insulate.

Winter is really affecting my wallet and my mood....

3 Responses to “Winter Bills Blahs”

  1. threebeansalad Says:

    Maybe there is special weather stripping for sliding doors? We weather stripped our front door and it's made a tremendous difference.

  2. pjmama Says:

    We get a fair amount of breeze from our sliding doors as well, and I'm not quite sure what to do about it. It closes all the way, but it makes heating our tiny apartment difficult. I mean, those doors make up practically an entire wall...

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Sewer fee covers any water that goes down the drain from any sink or toilet.

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