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Old 04-05-2010, 06:39 PM   #21
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A very well insulated small house with new windows. For reasons unknown to me all utilities are very reasonable here. My monthly city utility bill for electricity, water, sewage, garbage disposal, and mosquito spraying runs about $105.
So you are paing about $145 a month in utilities. I am paying about $210 a month here in MO.
I am paying a $35 gas bill even in the summer that only covers a gas stove and hot water tank. The gas company here charges a $25 service charge and that is before you start to burn the gas.
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I am paying a $35 gas bill even in the summer that only covers a gas stove and hot water tank. The gas company here charges a $25 service charge and that is before you start to burn the gas.
My $40 per month only covers a gas furnace everything else is electric and I pay the $40 every month winter and summer, that's the balanced billing plan. The $40 is not fixed it can vary up or down a few dollars depending on how cold it is. My largest gas bill for one month has been $48 and the lowest has been $35.
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A very well insulated small house with new windows. For reasons unknown to me all utilities are very reasonable here. My monthly city utility bill for electricity, water, sewage, garbage disposal, and mosquito spraying runs about $105.
Holy smokes! For the same utilities/services we average $282/mo (in a below avg COL area) and we don't get the spray! And our house is not big...
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My gas bills in the winter went up to $140 for several months. My house is a little bit bigger but no mansion. Nodak I might get to your utility bill levels in the spring and fall but after that forget about it.
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I have absolutely no explanation for the large difference in cost of utilities; it's not like this is a low income area. Cavalier is a town of 1500 people and supports 3 banks and a credit union. It also has 2 clinics and a hospital. The entire 900 square mile county only has 8,900 people in it.
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Nodak you have me beat in utilities but I can live in MO for about 16k a year. I am 3 miles from walmart and in a much bigger town. Which has good and bad points. For a town of 1500 Cavalier has a bunch of stuff in it.
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Nodak you have me beat in utilities but I can live in MO for about 16k a year. I am 3 miles from walmart and in a much bigger town. Which has good and bad points. For a town of 1500 Cavalier has a bunch of stuff in it.
I guess I should clarify my first post a little. The $24,000 annual expenses included my normal travel expenses. If I pared it down to only "must pay" things I would be at about $18,000 per year.
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I guess I should clarify my first post a little. The $24,000 annual expenses included my normal travel expenses. If I pared it down to only "must pay" things I would be at about $18,000 per year.
In that case you are doing great.
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