Utility Bills - How do ours compare?

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We just finished our first year in a house after many years in smaller apartments. Curious to see how our average utility bills compare to others. Our HVAC system is 22 years old, but I didn't think our electric or gas bills were out of line, and not so sure the cost/benefit of replacement makes sense until they actually fail or need costly repair. It has been a very mild winter though. Anyhow, would be helpful to provide some additional details on your location, house size and occupants for some context.

Location: Midwest
House size: 2300 sq ft (two story)
Occupants: 2

Average monthly based on full year:
Electric: $101 (high: $190, low: $60)
Gas: $55 (high: $95, low: $31)
Water only: $19 - (68 gal per day avg)
Sewer: $32 flat rate
Trash: $13 flat rate

Total: $220


Adding a couple more details for kicks...
Thermostat Settings:
Winter: 68 F evenings/weekends, 64 F at night/when at work
Summer: 74-76 F

HVAC details:
Gas Furnace: 80% efficient. Original to home build in 1994. No issues since we've moved in (one year).
A/C Unit: ??? Seer rating. Original to home build in 1994. Serviced once under home warranty; 3 lbs freon added.
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Utah. 4 residents in a ~1500sq. foot townhome. Everything but gas and electric is covered by HOA.

Gas: $9-$65
Electric: $21-$55

Been here for almost a year-and-a-half and have yet to a hit a single month where combined total exceeded $100, but we're (I in particular) very cognizant about energy usage and spend as little time as possible at home. Just from conversations with neighbors, their usage is generally about twice what ours is.
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All electric, well insulated and airsealed 1960 house. 2250 finished square feet. Two Adults, Two teens.

All electric house:

Electric: $0.15/kWh local wind power, $225/mo average, including heat, A/C, plug loads and 750 miles/mo EV usage
Gasoline: $50/mo, our second car, maybe 5000 miles/year, about 200 gallons gasoline, or 16 gal/mo average
Water: 70 gal/day, about $40/mo
Trash: No extra charge
Sewer: I don't know, not much.

Total: let's say <$350/mo

Our total CO2 from personal or on-site energy: 200 gal gasoline, about 2.5 tons CO2/yr
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It's probably better to compare with folks in your immediate vicinity. Don't your utilities provide that information?

$220 a month seems in the ballpark. I cannot imagine that replacing your HVAC systems and water heaters would get you anything unless they broke first.
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$380/month for gas/electric on a constant budget plan for a 2800 sf house in the northeast US.
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Michigan 5000 sq ft gas heating

Natural gas $150/mo avg
Elec $200/mo avg
No water (well)
No sewer (septic)
Trash $10/mo
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South Texas, hot in summertime, a few days of freezing temperature in the winter. 3000+ sq ft house. $200 a month for electricity, gas, water, sewer including lawn irrigation. Water alone was $983.32 in 2016.

Electricity low month: $30.42.
Gas low months: $20.97.
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Location: NC
House size: 2,000 sq ft
Occupants: 2

Average monthly based on full year:
Electric: $150 (high: $180, low: $100) -- special note: I drive an EV, so this also includes "fuel cost" for my vehicle
Gas: N/A, all electric-house
Sewer: included in water bill
Water: $50
Trash: included in property taxes @ $53.50 for 2016, so $4.46/mo

Total: $204.46
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Also in Midwest. 2000 Sq ft townhouse. My electric is similar to you. My gas bills average around $80. In the summer when gas isn't used for heat my bills are around $35, but are much higher in the winter. Trash/water is very city dependent.
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Location: NJ
House size: 1,600 sq ft (main) + 800 sq ft basement
Occupants: 4 (5 in some months)

Average monthly based on full year:
Electric: $135 (high: $190, low: $70)
Gas: $50 (high: $100, low: $10). Note - we have a wood stove that we use daily in winter months, it effectively heats half of the house
Sewer:$25
Water: $35
Trash: $55

Total: ~$300
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4 people...NJ, 4800 sq/ft, Gas and Elect 404/mo on equal payment plan.
Well and Septic. about 100 yr for salt and 125 for annual maintenance.
Every 3-4 years I get the septic tank cleaned out for 300.
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Bay Area. 2150 sq. ft townhouse. 3 occupants.

Average total for the utilities you list is $200/month.
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1500sq ft
1000 Electric last year
700 water(septic tank)
350 propane(2 fireplaces)
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livesoft wrote:It's probably better to compare with folks in your immediate vicinity. Don't your utilities provide that information? <snip...>
Exactly.

Trying to compare different housing along with different climate conditions and throwing in family size in the mix would make it practically impossible to try to compare costs, IMHO.

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Traveller wrote:Michigan 5000 sq ft gas heating

Natural gas $150/mo avg
Elec $200/mo avg
No water (well)
No sewer (septic)
Trash $10/mo
Remember: Septic systems require periodic service, may only average $8/month but it's not nothing. Well pumps fail, as do septic systems. We replaced a well pump for about $2500, and septic pump out is $300 every 3 years. Just two of us.

2300 sq ft house
Electric: $90/mo budget billing [we have a 6kW solar]
Fuel Oil: $275/mo budget billing [includes service contracts for furnace, water heater, A/C, and fuel tank]
Trash: $33/quarter
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First off, thanks for your question OP. We try to generally minimize utility usage by being vigilant about turning off lights when leaving a room, turning down the thermostat at night in the winter, using fans and open windows in place of AC in the summer, trying to conserve water by taking quick showers, not leaving water running when washing dishes, smart usage of toilets and selective flushing :shock:, etc., but have never really looked at averages.

I live in a ~2400sf 1970s single family home in Northern Ohio. Moderately well sealed, though it could improve. Natural gas furnace about mid way through its life expectancy. Gas water heater and electric appliances. Three total occupants. We have mild summers so we rarely run the AC, really only when we have visitors.
Average monthly expenditures based on full year:
Electric: $84 (high: $100, low: $53). Significant draws are a radon mitigation system which runs continuously (~$15 per month), dehumidifier in our finished basement (~$20 per month in the summer), and older appliances.
Gas: $54 (high: $96, low: $30 due to fixed service fee).
Sewer:$35
Water: $22
Trash: included with property tax.

Total: ~$195 monthly

Another topic that I have spent some time considering is preemptive replacement of appliances to decrease utility usage. For example, I have a 20 y.o. refrigerator that runs well and looks decent, but is not the most energy efficient. I keep the condensing coils cleaned and it in good working order. I have considered replacing it to a more energy efficient model, but the break even point of energy savings to recoup the initial cost would be about 7 or 8 years at least. Besides that, it hasn't given me any trouble (knock on wood). Same thing with our older non-HE top loading washer and dryer. Somewhat energy inefficient older units, but easy to maintain and repair, and reliable as the day is long.
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Ron wrote:
livesoft wrote:It's probably better to compare with folks in your immediate vicinity. Don't your utilities provide that information? <snip...>
Exactly.

Trying to compare different housing along with different climate conditions and throwing in family size in the mix would make it practically impossible to try to compare costs, IMHO.

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I don't disagree, but if nothing else, it's at least interesting to see what folks spend across the country. And with enough data points it certainly becomes useful. Utility provider may provide this for say electric, but I doubt they provide context for size of house or number of occupants or even for those that heat house with electric versus those that do not. Same goes for gas provider. The data points here are more nuanced, but obviously less homogeneous.

With that said, I did dig around online to see what my utility providers may published on average costs. Worth noting that nature gas costs (at least in my area) are the lowest since 1993! This was through last winter season. And actual winter heating costs with natural gas were down over 60% from a decade ago (15-16: $400, 05-06: $1063). https://www.columbiagasohio.com/about-u ... ast-decade
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WIthout actual usage in kwhr of electricity and therms of gas, and the prices paid, it's very hard to compare even between 2 households in the same State (but different service territories).

Cost without usage is not a very helpful number.

You can also download Heating and Cooling Degree data for your locale.

http://www.degreedays.net/

Just for fun

electricity pa 3000 kwhr cost c. GBP 500 ie USD 65 pcm say. (flat rate over whole year). Pay c. 21 c. kwhr (GBP 15.5p)

Gas 30k kwhr cost c. £1400 pa ie c. $200 pcm (flat rate over whole year)

Victorian house. No air conditioning.
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jimmo wrote:We just finished our first year in a house after many years in smaller apartments. Curious to see how our average utility bills compare to others. Our HVAC system is 22 years old, but I didn't think our electric or gas bills were out of line, and not so sure the cost/benefit of replacement makes sense until they actually fail or need costly repair. It has been a very mild winter though. Anyhow, would be helpful to provide some additional details on your location, house size and occupants for some context.

Location: Midwest
House size: 2300 sq ft
Occupants: 2

Average monthly based on full year:
Electric: $101 (high: $190, low: $60)
Gas: $55 (high: $95, low: $31)
Water only: $19 - (68 gal per day avg)
Sewer: $32 flat rate
Trash: $13 flat rate

Total: $220
Almost identical to me in all regards. If you are looking into bang for your buck for reducing utilities, I would think a home energy audit would be the place to start
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onmyway33 wrote:First off, thanks for your question OP. We try to generally minimize utility usage by being vigilant about turning off lights when leaving a room, turning down the thermostat at night in the winter, using fans and open windows in place of AC in the summer, trying to conserve water by taking quick showers, not leaving water running when washing dishes, smart usage of toilets and selective flushing :shock:, etc., but have never really looked at averages.

I live in a ~2400sf 1970s single family home in Northern Ohio. Moderately well sealed, though it could improve. Natural gas furnace about mid way through its life expectancy. Gas water heater and electric appliances. Three total occupants. We have mild summers so we rarely run the AC, really only when we have visitors.
Average monthly expenditures based on full year:
Electric: $84 (high: $100, low: $53). Significant draws are a radon mitigation system which runs continuously (~$15 per month), dehumidifier in our finished basement (~$20 per month in the summer), and older appliances.
Gas: $54 (high: $96, low: $30 due to fixed service fee).
Sewer:$35
Water: $22
Trash: included with property tax.

Total: ~$195 monthly

Another topic that I have spent some time considering is preemptive replacement of appliances to decrease utility usage. For example, I have a 20 y.o. refrigerator that runs well and looks decent, but is not the most energy efficient. I keep the condensing coils cleaned and it in good working order. I have considered replacing it to a more energy efficient model, but the break even point of energy savings to recoup the initial cost would be about 7 or 8 years at least. Besides that, it hasn't given me any trouble (knock on wood). Same thing with our older non-HE top loading washer and dryer. Somewhat energy inefficient older units, but easy to maintain and repair, and reliable as the day is long.
Interesting on your $20/monthly estimate on running dehumidifier in basement during summer. We do the same. Didn't expect it to cost that much, but a quick internet search turns up $15-35/month estimate in summer, so right in line with your figure. I suppose it's certainly better than the alternative of mold and mildew in basement.
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jimmo wrote:We just finished our first year in a house after many years in smaller apartments. Curious to see how our average utility bills compare to others. Our HVAC system is 22 years old, but I didn't think our electric or gas bills were out of line, and not so sure the cost/benefit of replacement makes sense until they actually fail or need costly repair. It has been a very mild winter though. Anyhow, would be helpful to provide some additional details on your location, house size and occupants for some context.

Location: Midwest
House size: 2300 sq ft
Occupants: 2

Average monthly based on full year:
Electric: $101 (high: $190, low: $60)
Gas: $55 (high: $95, low: $31)
Water only: $19 - (68 gal per day avg)
Sewer: $32 flat rate
Trash: $13 flat rate

Total: $220
Location: Midwest
House size: 1300 sq ft
Occupants: 3

Looks like the same cost as mine. But we have a 1973 ac that is way out dated. So your number look good to me.
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Upstate NY. Looks like we average around $200/month for just gas and electric on a 2300 sq foot home with a newer HVAC system. House is 1961 but has new windows. We pay about $20 per month for trash. Not sure about water. Don't track it.
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Southeast Michigan here. Here are my monthly numbers, based on the past 12 months

Monthly Min/Max/Average:
Electric: $86 / $190 / $122
Natural Gas: $24 / $114 / $58
Water & Sewer Combined $78 / $110 / $94
Trash $15/ $15 / $15 (correction made to previously posted #'s)

Particulars:
1,450 square foot home, 1991 build, frame ranch, 2 people occupying
Furnace: natural gas, 96% efficient, 2 stage, variable speed dc motor (installed 2011)
AC: 13 SEER single stage (installed 2011)
Gas hot water, 40 gallon (installed 2011)
10-year-old fridge
new (Dec) electric smooth-top range

Thanks for posting - it's an Interesting question, particularly as responses increase.

Just for kicks, because we have a smart electric meter, I just got approved today (trial program from DTE Energy) to get a free device to track energy usage real-time. It links to the meter to get usage data directly. Once it arrives it will answer all my questions about how much each appliance uses. Did it more for kicks, but I wouldn't mind cutting my bills just a bit.
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Illinois, 2100 sqft home, 4 occupants, 12 month Average:
$245=Total
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$52=Electricity
$61=Gas
$68=Water+Sewer
$54=Internet
$10=Refuse
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On the HVAC replacement part of your post, for whatever it might be worth, we pretty much did what you plan on doing - waited until we were looking at a mid-range repair, and then replaced. But we kept up with yearly inspections, and were able to avoid having to do this during peak heating season (which is the real trick). If you go that route, build a relationship with a good local contractor first (to avoid having to hit Yelp for a heat-out issue on Christmas day :D ).

When I was shopping for a unit in 2011 for my small-ish house, the price differences between high efficiency (say 95% or more) and minimum (80%) were about $1k (average from 4 quotes) . But our local gas company had a $460 rebate at the time, and the manufacturer a $100 rebate. So net increased cost for high efficiency, then, was only $440 for us (it could well be different today for all I know). It seemed like a no-brainer back then. We've seen an actual decrease in our gas usage (per heating degree day) of just under 14%, just under what our contractor had estimated. So we were happy, but would not have been in a huge rush to upgrade solely for that efficiency reason. But, I will say the new unit has increased our actual comfort level more than we ever expected - by producing a much more even room temp during heating season.
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Location: Central Valley California
House size: 2809 sq ft
Occupants: 4

Average monthly based on full year:
Electric: $0.95 just to keep account open (12.2kW solar system, but previous avg was 380 a month). Our system actually produces more than we use, so we received a small 'refund'.
Gas: $60 (high: $140, low: $20). Use of heater tends to increase our gas use during the winters
Water, Sewer and Trash are bundled, which is now about $115 a month

Total: $175
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2000 sf single floor home in North Central new Hampshire

Avg $65 per month for propane (Radiant heat and domestic hot water)
Avg $105 per month for electricity (Heat pump supplying a little a/c in the summer months and most heat during colder months)
Municipal water and sewer built into property tax
$51 per month cable TV and internet built into HOA dues
?? trash built into HOA dues
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NC
4400 sq ft home (3 people)
no gas
no trash
well and septic
HVAC

avg $140 per month for electricity
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rg422 wrote: Electric: $0.95 just to keep account open (12.2kW solar system, but previous avg was 380 a month). Our system actually produces more than we use, so we received a small 'refund'.
Interesting. Just curious, how much did it cost to install the solar system and what's the payoff period? It seems prices on solar panels have gone down significantly in the last few years such that for those in the right climate, something like this becomes more cost effective with shorter payoff period.
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jimmo wrote:
rg422 wrote: Electric: $0.95 just to keep account open (12.2kW solar system, but previous avg was 380 a month). Our system actually produces more than we use, so we received a small 'refund'.
Interesting. Just curious, how much did it cost to install the solar system and what's the payoff period? It seems prices on solar panels have gone down significantly in the last few years such that for those in the right climate, something like this becomes more cost effective with shorter payoff period.
The system cost us about $39K for the 12.2kW system, but after the federal credit, our net cost was 27K. Theoretically, we'll break even before 7 years, so it was a good decision for us to go solar. Solar is definitely a great option for those who use a lot of electricity, given the right climate.
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jimmo wrote:
rg422 wrote: Electric: $0.95 just to keep account open (12.2kW solar system, but previous avg was 380 a month). Our system actually produces more than we use, so we received a small 'refund'.
Interesting. Just curious, how much did it cost to install the solar system and what's the payoff period? It seems prices on solar panels have gone down significantly in the last few years such that for those in the right climate, something like this becomes more cost effective with shorter payoff period.
It is very dependent on which state and service territory you live in.

One thing. 12.2kw is a *big* system. Unless using a heat pump, hard to imagine that an American house would burn anything like that*? So you are dependent on the tariff you get for power re exported to the grid to get the economics right.

* that's peak kw so late in the afternoon/ early morning or on a cloudy day you could generate as little as 10% of that, to be fair.
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Southern California, 3 people, 1300 sq foot home.

Electric: ~$50
Water+Sewer+Trash: ~$110
Gas: ~$50 for the three months a year we run the heater. ~$10 the other months.
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Utah - 2700 Sq ft - 3 people

Electricity - High 110/ Low 60
Gas - High 180/ Low 50
Water & garbage - High 120/ Low 70
Sewer - 25 Flat
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1900 sqft ranch in Philadelphia. Gas heat/HW, electric cooking. Newer windows and insulation. A/C from 2005.
Family of 6. Stay at home mom and 2 young kids home most of the day.

Electric min/max/avg: $95/221/133 ($1636/yr)
Gas: $23/172/78 ($871/yr)
Water: $95/125/105 ($1275/yr)
Trash: $20/month

Total: $336/month on average
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jimmo wrote:Our HVAC system is 22 years old, but I didn't think our electric or gas bills were out of line, and not so sure the cost/benefit of replacement makes sense until they actually fail or need costly repair.
Also live in the Midwest and a little over four years ago, I replaced our 30+ year old heating and air conditioning system with a new system that cut our bills by 33%. Two years ago I resided the house and added house wrap between the sheathing and new siding. That cut our bills by another 10% or so. Currently, our bills are right in line with yours.
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jimmo wrote:We just finished our first year in a house after many years in smaller apartments. Curious to see how our average utility bills compare to others. Our HVAC system is 22 years old, but I didn't think our electric or gas bills were out of line, and not so sure the cost/benefit of replacement makes sense until they actually fail or need costly repair. It has been a very mild winter though. Anyhow, would be helpful to provide some additional details on your location, house size and occupants for some context.

Location: Midwest
House size: 2300 sq ft (two story)
Occupants: 2

Average monthly based on full year:
Electric: $101 (high: $190, low: $60)
Gas: $55 (high: $95, low: $31)
Water only: $19 - (68 gal per day avg)
Sewer: $32 flat rate
Trash: $13 flat rate

Total: $220
2500 sq ft in Dallas. 4 humans, 3 live there all day (I'm only one working outside the home.)

Those numbers are pretty similar to ours. Electrical is probably closer to $120/mo because the summer highs are more expensive; everything else seems good.

Our AC, furnace, and hot water heater all <2 years old.
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1350sq ft - 3bed/2bath, 2 speed pool pump
Electricity - around 300KWh per month ~ 600 to 700$ per year
Gas - 80 to 100therms in winter. maybe 10therms in winter ~ 1000$ per year

I moved from a condo where my total energy bill was 50$ a month. I am trying to make the house as energy efficient as possible. I switched all bulbs to LED after I got the house. I have put insulation in the attic. I am constantly looking for ways to improve efficiency. I will put solar panels in the next couple of years.
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Have solar, septic, and well. Just pay for garbage.
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We had an energy audit done on our house this past Friday. For those not familiar, many gas or electric providers offer these rather cheaply. In our case, it was a 3 hour audit, also provided up to 12 LED light bulbs, low-flow shower head, energy saver power strip - the works for $25. The blower test sure lets a person know where all the leaky corners and seals are in the house. Anyhow, the most surprising and welcome result was that our 23 year old gas furnace (rated 80% efficient) was running at 86% efficient. Score one for not spending a bunch of money on an unnecessary replacement.
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3200sf house (700 is finished basement that we don't really heat much)
MD
2 people

2016:
$131 electric
$55 propane (could easily be $100/month depending on when it's filled).
$67 water/sewer (now $70 minimum/month)
$0 trash (we take it to a convenience center where they do recycling, pickup would be private $35/month)

I know most people don't include telecommunications as utilities but I track them as a sub-category
$188 cable/internet bundle
$7 cell phones
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Electricity $40
Garbage $5
Water $3

My electricity is high because I run the air conditioning 8 hours a night, 365 days a year.

2 people in a 4 bedroom (3 stories) town house.
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LCOL N. AZ. (Mile high). Mini Ranch. Well. Septic. Elec. 5000 sf. + barn, stables, etc.
Gas. Elec. >> a lot$$$. Highest is gas in the coldest winter months and elec. in the hottest summer months.
But still way cheaper than prior HCOL in Hawaii. :happy
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Location: Gulf Coast TX
2900 sq ft single story, built in 2012 and pretty energy efficient
3 people

Electric min/max/avg: 33/140/75
Gas: 19/40/23
Water/sewer/trash is bundled: 51/118/66
2016 Annual Total: $1,964

Internet (25 Mbps): $41. I wish the cable companies were as regulated as other utilities. It seems criminal in 2017 to be charging so much for just internet.
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Small town in SC
Approx 2000 sq ft, 2 people

Monthly averages for 2016:

Electricity $127 (includes kitchen appliances, water heater, and A/C in summer)
Gas $63 (includes dryer, and heat in winter)
Water $22
Sewer $53
Trash $13

Total $278

Winter high was $371 in February (more heat)
Summer high was $274 in July (more A/C)
Lowest was $226 in May
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Current house vs former (and future) house:

Seattle. 2000 sf, 2 people. Heat is a mix of gas and electric. No A/C.

Electric $40-45
Gas $30-70, depending on the season
Water/sewer/trash $110-140

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San Diego. 2000 sf, same 2 people. Better insulation. Gas heat, 2.4 kw solar.

Electric $65/year, billed annually, to keep the service connected. It was $85/month before the solar system.
Gas $20-40
Water/sewer $100-150
Trash $0
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