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Utility Bills

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I was just curious what the average utility bills are for others. I know there can be a lot of disrepancies depending where you live, size of house, number of people who live there. I live in Mass and my average utility bills for the last year are:

Water $ 64
Electric $ 100
Oil $ 211 (846 gallons)

Monthly Total = $ 375

JC
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Post by NateW »

That fuel oil bill hurts. Our electric is about the same (even with an electric hot tub), natural gas is about $75 a month (heat and hot water) and I don't know what the water is (my wife pays it). Water/sewer may be about $75 a quarter. Live in Northern Virginia and have a 1700 square foot Cape Cod house.

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Post by livesoft »

Past 12 months:
$58 Natural gas (heat, hot water , dryer)
$99 Electricity (A/C, lights, cooking)
$33 Water

That's $190 per month

South Texas, 4 br 3.5 ba >3000 sq ft reasonably energy efficient home, 3.3 people
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Post by Grt2bOutdoors »

Natural gas (dryer,hw tank, range): $35
Electric: $105
Water: $29
Oil heat :cry: $150 - young child in home, so i have it cranked up high 24/7. Much cheaper than a doctors visit. :wink:
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Post by hsv_climber »

Electricity : $65
Natural Gas (heater only) : $57
Water : $38

North Alabama, March.

Natural Gas bill is usually ~$200 Jan/Feb, $6 in the Summer. All other numbers are about the same throughout the year.
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Post by CABob »

Electric 107
Gas 44
Water 42

This is average over past 6 months (winter months). For the next 6 months I expect electric to go down (unless high A/C use), gas to go down, and water to go up.
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Post by The Wizard »

I just compiled ALL of my expenses into a spreadsheet back in February, as part of my ongoing retirement scheming process.
Here are my ANNUAL utility bills for a 5BR 2800 sqft house, 1.5 occupants:
Electricity $772
Heating Oil $600
Cable/Internet $1320
Water $200

My heating oil expense is way low since I heat my house mainly with two wood stoves with wood I get for "free". I should toss in a few bucks for fuel for the chainsaw and pickup, of course...
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Post by WorkToLive »

Average figures for 2010

Gas and Electric = $97/mo
Water = $66/mo

2200 sq. foot interior townhome built in 2004
Gas furnace, electric water heater
kept at 62 in the winter and 79 in the summer
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My mother asked me to do her calculations. She also lives in MA

Water $ 40/mo
Electric $ 119/mo
Gas $ 131/mo (999 Therms)

JC
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For March

$47 electric
$38 propane, heat ,hot water, stove, dryer aux heater AZ room, best guess
$0 water, replaced some well pipes Jan $400
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Surprised

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Between my parents' bill and my bill I was surprised that natural gas is significantly cheaper. I did not think there was that much of a difference.

JC
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Average for last 12 months (2 people, 2450 sq ft townhouse built in 1998):

Electricity: $113
Natural gas (heat, dryer, hot h2o): $27
Water: $23
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Post by Carl53 »

Gas 59.32 DHW, heat and pool heat
Electric 159.53
Water 50.34
Total 269.20

3 people in 2200 sqft
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Electricity: $80
Water/Sewer/Garbage: $50

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2350 square foot 2 story house (built in 2007) in Tucson, AZ. 2 adults and a 6 year old.

water/sewer/refuse $42/month
electric averages to about $175/month. summer cooling kills me.
no gas.
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Post by MWCA »

980 SQ apartment

Gas,electric and water 100 almost on the nose. This is for the place we live in the majority of time in California.

We own a vacation home and that usually runs around 150 a month to maintain. Gas,electric,water/garbage. This is in California. If we were to live in it during the winter. Wood would cost us around 1200 a season. So slap on another 100..

I guess 250 a month on average to live in this home.

Forgot to add. Monthly bills.
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Post by Triple digit golfer »

Here are my most recent:

Gas: $45
Electric: $65
Water/Sewer/Trash: $22

800 square foot apartment

I'm surprised at the low numbers for larger homes.
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Post by Shawn »

1200 sf house in San Francisco Bay Area (1 person, 1 cat)

Electric: $12
Water: $18
Trash: $14
Gas: $10
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Post by interplanetjanet »

Ok, here goes.

House is low 2000's of sq ft, built in the late '60s. Central California valley (hot summers, cool but not frigid winters). Insulation was typical for the time, not terribly poor, not great. Two adults, three children, and a full-time home office. We keep the house around 67F in the winter and 84F in the summer.

Electricity and natural gas are around $330/$80 per month. My electricity consumption averages around 1100kw-h/month, you can decide for yourself if that's outrageous. In the summer the gas bill is low ($25) and pretty much just runs the water heater and the dryer, but the electric bill spikes up.

Water/sewer is around $180/mo. This is mostly not usage based but includes a surcharge to the sewer bill that is used to fund local schools.

Seeing what some of you pay for utilities makes me...well not cry, but close. :?

Being able to add insulation and install PV solar is a large incentive for me to buy if the right house comes along.

Edit: ten years ago, all of these numbers were less than half as large as they are now.

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Shawn wrote:1200 sf house in San Francisco Bay Area (1 person, 1 cat)

Electric: $12
Water: $18
Trash: $14
Gas: $10
Electric and gas combined only $22 a month? How are you pulling that off?
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Post by livesoft »

Triple digit golfer wrote:Electric and gas combined only $22 a month? How are you pulling that off?
Have you been to San Francisco Bay Area? Open or close the windows is how you pull it off.
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livesoft wrote:
Triple digit golfer wrote:Electric and gas combined only $22 a month? How are you pulling that off?
Have you been to San Francisco Bay Area? Open or close the windows is how you pull it off.
I kind of skimmed over that San Francisco part...pretty important!

Still, seems really low. I'm guessing he doesn't turn lights on or do laundry very often.
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Post by gkaplan »

Electric: 16

Gas: 12

Water: 0

Trash: 0

(One bedroom apartment in a Southern California beach town)
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Post by dixdak »

Northern Illinois, 4 br house, 5 people

Gas $80
Electric $80
Water $50

And last year the village board decided to whack us with a 10% surcharge on our utility bills, including phone, CATV and cellular.
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3 bedroom house, 3 people, built in 1973, 1650 sq ft.

Electricity: $116 to $137/month

Propane: works out to about $100/month (primarily for heat and hot water)

Water: 0

Phone/Internet: $84.00/month
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Re: Utility

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[quote="Jungle Cat"]My mother asked me to do her calculations. She also lives in MA

Water $ 40/mo
Electric $ 119/mo
Gas $ 131/mo (999 Therms)

Jerry[/quote]

Hmmm, . . .my bill says we used 121 Therms of gas, costing $151 last month. Am I really paying that much more than you, or is yours really 99.9 Therms?
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fundtalker123 wrote:
Jungle Cat wrote:My mother asked me to do her calculations. She also lives in MA

Water $ 40/mo
Electric $ 119/mo
Gas $ 131/mo (999 Therms)

Jerry
Hmmm, . . .my bill says we used 121 Therms of gas, costing $151 last month. Am I really paying that much more than you, or is yours really 99.9 Therms?
48 therms, $45.32 for me.
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Post by slick_dealer_05 »

2 bedroom house, 2 people, 1100 sq ft in Texas. Single family home in 6000 sq ft lot.

Total of Gas+Water+Sewer+Trash+Electricity averages less than $100 per month

We live in an old house but I have made significant upgrades in making it more energy efficient - CFL/LED lights, R-38 insulation in attic, insulating pipes, Low-E windows, and trees shading our entire house. We don't use solar panels or solar heating and we don't waste water on St. Augustine.

Below is our monthly Kwh electricity usage after we got our smart meter last October. Current electricity bill will be less than $12

Start Date End Date Actual kWh
10/25/2010 11/23/2010 110
11/23/2010 12/28/2010 102
12/28/2010 01/27/2011 123
01/27/2011 02/25/2011 160
02/25/2011 03/28/2011 97
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Triple digit golfer wrote:
Shawn wrote:1200 sf house in San Francisco Bay Area (1 person, 1 cat)

Electric: $12
Water: $18
Trash: $14
Gas: $10
Electric and gas combined only $22 a month? How are you pulling that off?
It's mostly "turn it off when it's not in use." There is little need for more than 1 light to be on at once, unless it's for a very short period of time. I don't have AC, but everything else is electric (TV, computer, stereo, stove, oven, microwave, dyer, ceiling fans, etc). There will be a couple of 100+ heat waves in the summer (inland valley of the SF Bay Area), but as livesoft suggests, opening the windows at night and shutting them in the morning works very well. In the winter, I open all the curtains/shades so the sun can heat the house. And I wear a sweater, sweatshirt, or jacket. Electric blankets work great on winter nights and are extremely efficient.
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Yeah. Im sure I could do cheaper. Just spoiled and enjoy sleeping in 70 degree rooms.
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Post by Christine_NM »

Electric runs about $40 in winter, $120 in summer.
Gas runs $120 in winter, $15 in summer.

In May and October I can usually turn off all HVAC.

Water is a steady $40/month. $42 in summer for the drip irrigation.

Altogether, total utility cost stays well under $200/month including all the account fees and taxes.

That's 1581 sq ft R-38 house, 1 person, 4 seasons. Weak point is an 80% efficiency furnace. Otherwise, I use CFL bulbs. Windows and doors are tight. Windows stay closed. I used to turn down the thermostat at night, sure I was saving $$, but this year I didn't touch it and gas usage is lower than last winter in spite of cold spells.

For March, I used 86 therms gas for $74. Electric was 413 kWh for $44.
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Therms

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Fundtalker:

The 999 is the number of therms they used during a 12 month period; which came to an average monthly bill of $ 131.

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Monthly
1700sq ft me and 1 teenage son

Electricity <110> average
phone/internet/cell $80
water/s/garbage $70
cable $11
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Post by Sidney »

Electric blankets work great on winter nights and are extremely efficient.
Also lets us tune heat to our own preference. Spouse and I affected differently by cold. We set heat back and each can control side of blanket independently.
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Post by JW-Retired »

Avg. monthly cost last year. 1800 sq ft, CA coastal, Municipal Utility District.
  • Water = $63
    Gas = $81
    Electric= $69
    Sewer= $25
    Refuse= $33
    Storm Drain= $11
    User Tax = $11
    Total $293
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1 BR apartment in NJ, 800 sq for me and my wife.

Electric = $45-50/month.

Everything else (water, gas, cooking gas, etc) are included in the rent.
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Re: Utility Bills

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Jungle Cat wrote:I was just curious what the average utility bills are for others. I know there can be a lot of disrepancies depending where you live, size of house, number of people who live there. I live in Mass and my average utility bills for the last year are:

Water $ 64
Electric $ 100
Oil $ 211 (846 gallons)

Monthly Total = $ 375

JC
London, England, United Kingdom

Water - about USD 500 USD 40pcm
Electricity - about USD 720 USD 60 pcm
Gas - about USD 1500 (old house, no insulation to speak of) USD 125pcm

About USD 250pcm
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Water $54 Electric $45 Gas $30 Solid waste = $23. Total = $152. Ours is higher than it should be, because my wife works from home running a database for a university and we have a large garden we water when our rain storage runs out. In North Texas, 3 adults.
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jpark1982 wrote:1 BR apartment in NJ, 800 sq for me and my wife.

Electric = $45-50/month.

Everything else (water, gas, cooking gas, etc) are included in the rent.

how much is rent? May make it cheaper than owning....
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Post by teacher_in_tx »

1 bedroom apartment in Texas (rent is $575 monthly).

Utilities (electric, water) are an average of $75 monthly total, so approximately $900 annually for utils.

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Post by Harold »

Triple digit golfer wrote:
livesoft wrote:
Triple digit golfer wrote:Electric and gas combined only $22 a month? How are you pulling that off?
Have you been to San Francisco Bay Area? Open or close the windows is how you pull it off.
I kind of skimmed over that San Francisco part...pretty important!

Still, seems really low. I'm guessing he doesn't turn lights on or do laundry very often.
No, mine is pretty similar. Not having heating/cooling costs is a huge factor. The general regional attitude towards conservation is another.
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1600sq ft. house, 2010, 2 people:

$1518 electric
$ 677 gas
$ 623 sewer/water/trash
$ 667 phone
$ 804 cable (extended, but no movie or special channels, and tivo)
$ 250 internet
$ 291 security

$4830 total utilities
$ 403/mo

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magicmom wrote:
jpark1982 wrote:1 BR apartment in NJ, 800 sq for me and my wife.

Electric = $45-50/month.

Everything else (water, gas, cooking gas, etc) are included in the rent.

how much is rent? May make it cheaper than owning....
$1,150/month. No kids so makes it worthwhile. Even if we had a kid I think we can nak eit at least a few years before we upgrade to something bigger. 4 minute commute to work for me which saves me a ton in gas over my last location which I was spending $70/week on gas.
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4400 sq ft home in NC. 3 people. Electric bill averaged $140/month for the last twelve months.

We bought the house in March 2010. In September I installed an attic vent and at end of December I added insulation in the attic so I hope heating and cooling will be a bit less this year. Right now the house uses two hot water heaters but I plan to get it switched over to one sometime this spring.

Internet is about $60/month.

Only other utility bill is phone which runs about $50-$55/month.
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3,600 SF 3 Level Condo (Ranch).
Electric: $67 a month (level payment) small catchup credit at end of cycle.
Natural Gas: $57 a month (level payment) catchup credit at end of cycle.
Water: Don't know as it is included in condo fee.
Cell Phone $10 a month (no land line) and on F&F plan.
TV/CABLE/Internet $71 a month with Time Warner.

Central Ohio - where winter was early in 2010 and spring is late in 2011 :(
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1600 sq ft Cape Cod located on Cape Cod. 2 adults.

Electric - $120/month @$0.16-0.18/kwh. Includes electric hot water.
Oil - $100/month @ $3-3.50/gal.
Water - $9/month.
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Studio apartment in a large co-op complex, 1 person:

Electric is in two parts, my own individual use within my apartment and my share of the co-op's overall electric usage in its common areas.

Mine per month for 2010 is $59, a record high because of the very hot 2010 summer. My share of the co-op's electric (and gas, but not for heating, only for kitchen use) is $17 per month (based on 2009 figures; 2010 not yet released).

Fuel for heating is also my share of the co-op's overall fuel bill. It is $49 per month (again based on 2009 figures; 2010 not yet released).

Water is also my share of the co-op's overall water bill. It is $9 per month (again based on 2009 figures; 2010 not yet released).
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Post by aurora »

I am baffled by how little the responders pay in electric bills. I am curious as to how much you pay per kWh?
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aurora wrote:I am baffled by how little the responders pay in electric bills. I am curious as to how much you pay per kWh?
From an earlier post (I'm in PG&E land, central California valley, this is from a recent bill):
interplanetjanet wrote:$0.118/kw-h for the first 368kw-h
$0.135/kw-h for the next 110kw-h
$0.290/kw-h for the next 258kw-h
$0.400/kw-h after that

The top rate used to be about $0.50/kw-hr but after a particularly hot summer in 2009, counties in the interior were in open revolt against PG&E. They dropped the top tier down to $0.40 and raised the bottom two by about a cent each to keep their customer base from doing something drastic.
I think my average rate sits somewhere near $0.31/kw-h. This gets worse in the summer.

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