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Old 04-13-2012, 11:12 AM   #21
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I have an oil fired furnace & hot water heater, but my average monthly cost for electric + oil is:

2011: $177/month
2010: $213/month

It's an old house, about 1700 sq ft.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:34 AM   #22
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1700 sq ft raised ranch in lake effect country SE of Lake Ontario in upstate NY...
programmable thermostats in 3 upstairs heat zones, enclosed loop copper pipe/water system driven by natural gas furnace, roof heating wires, sparingly used gas dryer and oven...
12 month budget plan rings in at $261 each month for natural gas and electric combined.
"Delivery charges" are getting ridiculous, just about even with the actual energy usage costs.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:48 AM   #23
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2010 Gas Heat, Hot Water, Clothes Dryer
$1912

2010 Electric, A/C, Ovens
$1713

2011 Gas Heat, Hot Water, Clothes Dryer
$1850

2011 Electric, A/C, Ovens
$1556

We have two complete HVAC systems. The house is over 3500 sq ft. These numbers surprise me, as we had additional insulation added to attic and crawl space at tail end of 2010. Heating and cooling costs should have been lower also due to moderate temps in NE. I'll blame it on wife and daughter.
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:23 PM   #24
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I live alone in my 860 sqft condo and everything is electric:

2010:$106/mo
2011:$100
2012:$90(projected due to "mild" winter)

Highest bill for 1 month was $247.71 in Jan '11.
Lowest bill was $44.06 in July '10.

In the 4 years i've lived here i've never touched the A/C. I live half underground. If I look out the windows i'm looking at ground level so that helps keep it cool in the summer.
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:07 PM   #25
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Interesting thread. Here are our monthly averages from the latest 12 monthly bills:

Natural Gas: $51 (house heat and two fireplaces in active use)
Electricity: $247 (house and outbuildings including wood/metalworking hobby shop with some very high power demanding tools)
Total $298

Our heated and cooled living space is about 5500 sq ft . The one outbuilding that we heat has wood stove so that cost is not included here. We live way up in the northern Midwest, so depending on the year heat is on for 7-8 months and AC for 2-4. The winter 2012 was really mild, so during a more normal year the total gas bill would be about 20% higher.

On the surface it would look like we are real energy hogs compared to most here, but relatively speaking it seems we still stay within reasonable cost per sq ft.
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South Texas. Average for past 36 monthly bills of electricity and natural gas: $170. Home is 3000+ sq ft 4br 3.5 ba McMansion. Last month, electricity was $35. High bill last summer was $278.
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We're all-electric with a heat pump, and the last month or so has been "low season" for electric use (very little heating or cooling -- the house heats up during the day and cools with open windows at night) so our last bill was seasonably low: we used 560 KwH for a total of $63.46, or about 11.3 cents per kilowatt-hour. In the worst of a brutal summer our usage can come close to triple that, and in a cold winter (we didn't have one this year) it can about double.

Our "average" bill is probably around $125, spiking up to $175 or so for electric during the dog days of summer. We set heating at 68 and cooling at 78 year-round.
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we used 560 KwH for a total of $63.46, or about 11.3 cents per kilowatt-hour.
Wow, are your rates low or are mine high? Last November I used 569KwH and my bill was $84.02
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Wow, are your rates low or are mine high? Last November I used 569KwH and my bill was $84.02
I'm sure there are variations within states but FWIW. Look at HI, though a moderate climate undoubtedly helps...
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I am on a budget plan .My house is over 3200 sq.feet with a pool in Southern Florida . All electric .We pay $220 monthly . We rarely use the heat pump and the air is set at 75 .
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I'm sure there are variations within states but FWIW. Look at HI, though a moderate climate undoubtedly helps...
For HI the high price is that oil is used to generate the electricity there. Actually on the outer islands the price per kwh is in the thirty cent range.
Btw the map appears to reflect the pricing of electricity when natural gas was high a couple of years ago. I just checked the electric shopping web site and for Houston the price seemed to be about .09/kwh. In the hill country with a municipal provider I pay about .086/kwh
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I'm sure there are variations within states but FWIW. Look at HI, though a moderate climate undoubtedly helps...
I don't know how old that chart is, but Oahu hasn't seen anything less than 30 cents/KWHr for several years now.

Neighbor islands pay even higher prices.
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