The Cost of Country Living ~ Utilities

I sincerely hope my posts about “city versus country living” have helped those surfing the net for information about moving from the city to the country.  It has honestly been a big eye opener for me so I felt the need to share with others.  So far I’ve covered:

Now to continue my series on the “cost of country living” by sharing utilities in the country.

Phone (Landline)

telephone2Don’t even get me started on the cost of a basic phone bill around here.  There is no basic phone bill, because a long distance package is essential.  Any call I make out of the county is long distance.  Very aggravating to say the least.

Water

Depending on where you live in the country will determine whether you have city/county water, well, or cistern.  Thankfully we are connected to the county water, but many residences out here get their water from a well or have water delivered and stored in a cistern if they didn’t catch enough rain water.

Also if you plan to move to the country are are able to connect to the local water system, then get an estimate on what it will cost you to run the water line, drill for a well, or bury a cistern to collect or store delivered water.

Home Security

securitysystemIn my opinion home security is important no matter where you live.  When living in the country though it’s not only for protecting everything you’ve worked so hard for, but also security from intruders.  Yes, I know that’s important in the city too, but out here if I screamed no one would hear me.  If I’m by myself with the kids the alarm is on.

Electric

I really can’t think of any pros and cons when it comes to electric.  Your bill will continue to vary depending on the size of your home, usage, etc.  The only thing I can suggest is if you plan to build get good windows, make sure  your home his insulated well, and invest in a GeoThermal furnace.  Some of those things may cost a little more in the beginning, but they’ll be well worth the price in the long run.

Insurance

  • Homeowners insurance is more since there’s no close hydrant.
  • Vehicle insurance it higher due to the amount of miles driven each day because of distance to get anywhere.
  • Don’t even get me started either on what it costs to insure a farm.  Ugh!  However not everyone that lives in the country runs a farm, but be aware if you have buildings other than your house they need to be insured too!

So that about covers it!  If I think of any other tidbit of information that would be of help to those of you who found my site looking for information on living in the country I’ll be sure to publish it.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope my posts have been helpful.

Does anyone have anything to add?

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6 Responses to The Cost of Country Living ~ Utilities

  1. Sara Broers says:

    I sooo can relate! I’m in a spot where high speed internet is lets just say interesting!

  2. Hey Jen says:

    Ha, don’t forget the wild animals that come round! I moved from the burbs in Wisconsin to a rural area in Florida. Excuse the ignorance, but I had no idea that raccoons were vicious monsters that ate meat. Lost a lot of chickens due to them making off with them. :(

    Also, as for home security? I have five dogs and a goose. The goose is THE best watch dog.

  3. Great points! If you have a security system, use the company stickers on all your door/entry windows. Great deterant! I’ve noticed our utility bills have doubled. I switched over to heat pumps and it helped knock down the ol’ propane bill!

  4. Huxleader says:

    Interesting blog site, looks like you have been blogging for some time.

  5. Don’t forget the cost of feed for any livestock you might have, including those chickens and other foul critters. And if you have cows or horses,, well, it can get expensive during winter months! And, of course, when you live in the country, you simply cannot have just ONE dog or cat!

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