We used to be in the $100-$150 range, but now that they raised the rates, we're into the $150-$200 range. I think an interesting question would be how many units of energy you use and then compare *that* to how much we pay!
I think an interesting question would be how many units of energy you use and then compare *that* to how much we pay!
That's complicated for electricity because, at least here, it depends on how much you use. We used an average of 18 kwh/day in August and paid about 12 cents for each but we are now under our baseline allocation. Last year we paid over 22 cents for about 10 of our kwh each day (we were using nearly 50 kwh/day then : ).
Too much. About $100 when it was those hot, dog days of summer, and 90 degrees every other day. Our landlord put in a new electric furnance, so the good thing is that we no longer have a heat bill. Now that the weather is more bearable, the central air is no longer on, and we keep the windows open. So it should go down to about $60-70, but once winter arrives, may go up again. I'm hoping to save this year by keeping the thermostat on 68, and dressing in more layers.
Mine is $50-75 in full summer (Kansas, so high 90's regularly), I run the a/c at 74 or so when I'm home, up to 78 if I'm OOT or gone for the day. Wintertime it's $25-40, but the gas...ugh...the gas bill....let's just say I'm investing in lots of layers, knitting a new blanket, and looking at electric space heaters.
I sympathize with the people in this thread who are from Texas. I am in Texas, too, and I have a summer electric bill that is over $300/month! It is SHOCKING. I promise we are not crazy extravagant with the electricity and AC, and we don't even have a huge house. It's new construction and well insulated, too. I think there's just not anything I can do about it when it's 100+ degrees outside every day.
Around $50, when running our air conditioners. cant complain.. before we got the acs, it would be around $26 or so, but I caved and got a couple window acs when I was so sick the beginning of this pregnancy.
My FIL who lives in so cal regularly has $350 electric bills throughout the year! I would be doing something about it if it were me!!!!
My electric is around $66 a month and my gas is $99. We pay the budget amount all year round. It might seem silly to pay these amounts in the Summer when my actual bills might not be that high, but come Winter, it is comforting to know that if I use a little more I don't have to worry about being able to afford it. We went on the budget plans when DH lost his job a few years ago and just kept up with it. I really does help you budget. There are never any surprise $250 bills.
We do have air conditioning, but both our air unit and our furnace are new. We put them in 2004.
I don't know what will happen this year though. This morning's paper had a front page above the fold article discussing the rise in heating costs for this Winter. If my budget goes up, hopefully we won't go too much higher.