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Old 04-11-2012, 03:09 PM   #1
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Gas & Electric Average Costs

Was just looking for myself, thought I'd share in case anyone wanted to compare. The graph shows high-low-average for a typical 2300 sf house near Chicago with an aggressive set programmable thermostat...
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What number is for what year

No ledgend on the graph....
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What number is for what year

No ledgend on the graph....
It's a high-low-average graph and average is probably the only useful number, OP modified to clarify, thanks...
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
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Interesting! Here are my monthly averages for 2009-2011, for a 1600 square foot house in New Orleans. The shape of the curve is very different, due to summer AC. Some LBYM attempts, but nothing extreme during these years. I also have a programmable thermostat, but leave it on the default settings to which it returns several times during the day (making it too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter). I then use the manual override to adjust when needed for comfort.
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Mine mirrors yours, W2R more than Chicago graph but a little cheaper. I have a programmable one but never bothered to figure it out. I used to lower it or raise it depending on the season before I went to work, but now the only time I touch it is when I switch to a/c from heat. I probably ave. around $100 a month over 12 months. I figure heating/cooling my house is the best $3-$4 a day spent out of my entire monthly budget!
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For 2011, averaged $189/month for elec & NG. Largish house, two-four people in the house depending, and on a well.

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For last 12 months the average was $166.
Thats for 2900 sq feet with a heat pump only--no gas.
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"Free" for me (included in monthly assessment, as well as A/C, water, etc.).
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About $75 a month for me (studio apartment in a co-op apartment complex) which is mostly my own electric charges but includes a bit for the co-op's overall electric bill and total gas charges.
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My 2462 sq. ft. ranch-style about 15 miles north of Denver breaks down this way (monthly avg. over the last 12 months):

Gas - $59
Electric - $96
Total - $155

We aren't too frugal and can't stand to be hot, so that Electric bill is mostly the summer AC.
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For our 2000 square foot home, here is the monthly electricity and heating oil breakdown. There is no heating oil delivery in May and June, so there is no historic data. The jump of electricity during summer is mainly due to the dehumidifier. In our area, heating oil price has doubled in the past 7-8 years, and its floating rate is now hovering around $3.7-3.8/gallon.
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Average monthly electric costs for our 1250' apartment. (No gas)

2009 $145 Last year working
2010 $95 On vacation 10 weeks over the summer months (June - Aug)
2011 $73 On vacation the whole summer.

When we are on vacation in the summer months I set the thermostat to 80 and turn off the water heater.
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In 2011 for a 2,000 sq ft 2 level house with one zone heating $216 a month avg. We have central air but have to use 2 more a/cs up stairs on the hottest days. We have a programmable thermostat. We live in a NYC suburb.
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At our old house that we sold 13 months our electric costs were about $500 a month in the summer and around $300 during non-summer. That house was 4500 SF, plus a guest house. It was also all-electric, no gas and was not very energy efficient at all.

We just moved from a 2000 SF rental that we were in for a year. Electric was about $250 a month during the summer and $60-80 the rest of the year. Gas was about $30 in winter and $18 the rest of the year.
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Drilling down on my numbers a little more, I find that I have spent more on gas + electricity since I retired. I think this is because I am in the house a lot more now.

Average monthly gas+electricity:

2009 $93 Last year working
2010 $122 First year ER
2011 $122 Second year ER

Overall 2009-2011 average: $112
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A mild winter and a very hot summer gave me...

Jan: $60 gas + $26 electric = $86 total

August: $16 gas + $120 electric = $136 total

1000 square foot house and I work from home.
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We average (over a full year) just over $200 a month.
Total electric 1,800 sf home in southern Ohio.

Much cheaper than our previous (nearby) home that used propane for heat.
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"Thermostat"? "Heating zones"? "Heat pumps" and "swamp coolers"?

HECO charges about 31-35 cents/KWHr. The cost varies with the price of oil, which still provides 75-90% of Hawaii's power. Depending on how you crunch the numbers, the HPOWER trash-burning plant provides another 5-10% and solar/wind the rest. That's going to change dramatically over the next 20 years. Another HPOWER boiler comes on line next year, solar power is making steady grid penetration, and a wind farm is already building on the North Shore.

We have a 2400 sq ft home. When we renovated the familyroom last fall we made some energy improvements to the east windows and south roof, so tradewind cooling does more than enough so far. We haven't turned on the ceiling fans since the contractors left last November, and we still have most of the windows closed.
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We moved into our "new" home two years ago and have been real happy with the energy cost. Our house was built in 1991 but I found out recently that seven years ago it was upgraded with insulation overhead. A new heat pump was installed at about the same time. House is 100% electric and our lowest bill was just last month at $79.30. Highest was $237.18 in August of 2011. I used to be concerned about our utility cost and always went for the levelized billing. With what we have spent monthly since we moved in I don't do levelized billing. When we need the A/C the thermostat is set at 78 degrees. In the "winter", if we need heat at all, we set it for 70 degrees. I suspect that the biggest usage of electricity is the four TV's going all the time.
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1500 Square Foot, 2 story Cape Cod, Upper Midwest, built in the 30s, plaster/lath, no insulation.

All values are average per month.

ThruGasElectricTotal
4/12$63$98$161
4/11$94$117$211
4/10$116$104$220
I set my budget at $255...I expected prices to go up, not down.
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