by the power of preschool

Uah Power is now Rocky Mountain Power, according to the little pamphlet included in this month’s power bill. Considering that the bill gets sent to Portland Oregon, I suppose the old name really isn’t correct. Of course, considering that the bill gets sent to Portland Oregon, the new name isn’t exactly right either.

The rest of the wood pulp and pigment in the envelope is informing me that my air conditioner has a sixteen ton impedance on my pocketbook. Some boring statistics: As compared to the same month last year, the average temperature (82) was two degrees higher, and I used 10.7% more kilowatt hours.

If South Jordan had allowed us to put in a swamp cooler when we built the house three years ago, we would have gotten one. I might have still kept the central air option simply for August, when ambient humidity makes a swamp cooler useless.

The one not-so-boring statistic from the bill: The average daily cost for my power usage was $10.25. There are 33 days in the billing period. If you want to know the grand total, the math is simple. Thankfully we’re on the equal pay option, which means my payment isn’t going up anytime soon. I just noticed that the previous balance carried over from last month was negative $64. It’s encouraging to know that it has taken the worst month of the year to shove my account into the red. I hope that the overall payment will go down when they recalculate for next year, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

Even if the payment goes down, I plan to adjust the thermostat up a couple of degrees. Everyone will be a little less comfortable, but it should save us some money. With the new tent trailer, we need to save everywhere we can.

5 responses to “by the power of preschool”

  1. Wait a minute, am I understanding this right….South Jordan doesn’t allow swamp coolers? Is this just on new builds or in general?

  2. I know about the rule for new construction for sure. They might also ban them in order to get a renovation permit, but I’m not sure about that. It wouldn’t surprise me.

  3. Sounds like someone in South Jordan’s Zoning department has been sniffing too much of the old Elmer’s.

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