One Man's Alaska

Loving my $25 electric bill

July 1, 2011

For those who don't live in Alaska, as you might guess, almost everything is more expensive here than in the Lower-48. A two-liter bottle of Coke is usually more than $2. I've seen a half-gallon of ice cream at $8. Cable internet access is $80 a month, and that's with a bandwidth cap, and without cable tv. Gasoline in Denali was over $5 a gallon when I was there last year, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's about $6 this year.

But my electric bill, I love my electric bill. All year round it's less than $30 a month, and I just paid my recent one, and it was almost $25 on the nose. Compare that to Kentucky, where I was paying nearly $100 per month in the summer months, and that's a nice win.

Oh, and one other great thing related to my electric bill: My windows have been open since what, April? Not to pick on Kentucky or other southern states -- my same windows are probably frozen shut from November through March -- but that's not something you can do down there at all, unless of course you really like to be warm.

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