One of my many reasons to leave California was the repressive regulations. Don’t even THINK about putting the wrong recyclable in the wrong bin!

The cost of living was high as well. Housing costs in particular. An extremely modest two-bedroom apartment can cost over $2000 a month.

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Yikes. To further this, the energy prices were really high as well. It was not unusual to have a $400-500 energy bill in the summertime (mostly due to cooling house costs $$$). It was ridiculous.

Our first bill in early spring was only $27. $27?!? YEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS!!!

I actually had to call to make sure it was not a typo. I was pleasantly surprised and was wondering what a fresh full month summer energy bill would look like.

Our place has Air Conditioning. Am thankful for it. I also wondered what our energy bill would look like after a month of running the AC since those can be a huge energy soak.

Well, we just found out.

After one month of running our AC daily, with my mom at home all day - our bill was just $95.

I'll take that over $400 any day!

So, just by moving to Washington, I am saving $300 a month on energy! The same can be said about housing. Comparing the two states and looking at the bigger picture, it's a no-brainer that someone could or SHOULD move to a cheaper state, like Washington. And many have.

According to the Orange County Register Newspaper, Texas saw 86,164 Californians leave for the Lone Star state in 2018. Arizona (68,516), Washington (55,467), Nevada (50,707), and Oregon (43,058). In total, California had the most exits among and has grew by 4% in a year.

I am one of those. I could not be more happy or proud.

All My Best,

 

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