How do our costs contrast to traditional utility rates in a similar climate? For comparison, I looked at municipal utility/service costs for an average single family home in Anchorage. It is not an apples-to-apples comparison, because those residences are surely bigger than our little cabin, and sport a flushing toilet (those lucky people) but by adding our outbuildings (the shower/wash house, outhouse, pantry shed and tool/power shed), many of which have electricity and one of which has water service, it may be an informative comparison.
The results of the analysis: On all utilities/services that can be accomplished by human labor or portable devices, our costs are far lower than city rates. However, on those utilities that require infrastructure, our costs far exceed those of city folk...for the first several years. See below for details and conclusions. Do you find any ideas for your home?