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#31 of 43 Old 11-10-2010, 08:47 AM
 
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I know some people in much older houses that have $200 gas bills even though they keep the thermostat below 60 (yes really!). I think most of it has to do with the efficiency of the house not how low you keep the thermostat.

 

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I keep our house at 60 degrees during the day and 53 degrees at night.  Our monthly oil bills in the winter run $500-$600 (heat and hot water).  Last year, we spent $3500 on oil.

 

Electricity costs us $80 - $100 month on top of that.  

 

Our house is about 2800 square feet and is over 150 years old.  We live in a cold city.
 


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Our heat and hot water is fueled by oil. We don't have a monthly bill - we just call for a fillup whenever it's looking low or whenever we think it might be a good time to buy.

 

Averaged out summer and winter, I think our oil costs about $100-125 a month.

Lately our electric has been $50-60 a month.

 

We waste a great deal of electricity, I'm afraid. Or rather, my husband does. He leaves the computer on all night, stuff like that. I'm anal and shut everything off. I have spent a good amount of effort conserving electricity, most notably by not using the dryer anymore. I recently strung up clothesline in my living room so I can keep drying all winter (lately I'd been leaving the clothes out all day and they still weren't quite dry by dusk).

 

We don't waste so much heat, though. Thermostat is set at 62 during the day and 57 at night. Our house is pretty tight, new and really efficient windows, good insulation everywhere but in the kitchen, etc. Not bad for a 105 year old New England house.

 

Honestly, 62 does feel cold to me. I would be perfectly comfortable at 65 (and every now and then we crank it up to there, especially if I don't feel well). 62 would be ok if I were cleaning house, but just sitting and working at the computer it gets really chilly. I wear long underwear, a "fleece" jacket, etc. At night, I'm ok as long as I have my cat on my feet. That's how he justifies us feeding him, lol.


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Our house is 3000 square feet, and is Energy Star certified (which means it should be very efficient!)  It's only a year old.  We have brand new energy-efficient appliances.  We keep our temps at a reasonable level.

 

Our hydro bill is awful beyond awful, at $500 every 2 months.  It's been consistent for the past year, and it's baffling.  We moved from a much less efficient home with very old and inefficient appliances and also had central air, and in that house we paid under half what we pay here.  And even though we have central air here, our bill didnt' go up with the summer temps.  And we're not heated by electricity.  We still do the same amount of cooking and laundry that we did at the old house, but with more efficient appliances, so ???

We are investigating wtf is wrong, and our next step is a private energy audit.  We've already tried the Kill-a-watt, tried all sorts of suggestions to minimize use, even shut off the power to see if our meter kept going (it didn't), and flipping all the breakers to measure what's using what...and can't figure it out.

 

On top of our hydro bill, our heating bill averages $90 per month over the year.


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Our gas bill is usually $100 in winter, that's only for partially heating the house and hot water.  The bedrooms are heated by electric heaters.  I think our electric bill go up about $50 per month in winter.  So all together it's probably a $150 per month heating cost in winter (from Nov. - Mar.).  Our house is about 2300 sqft, though I think the unfinished areas are heated, too.  I thought that's pretty reasonable, at least compared to our neighbors'.  We have one of the smallest houses in the area.  Most houses in our area are over 3000 sqft.


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I need to know what other relatively frugal households manage to spend on gas/electricity per month. Please share!<br><br>
Our bills seem unreasonably high to me - in the winter we tend to spend $150/month on gas as well as $150/month on electricity. We have a gas heater and water heater, and electric everything else including space heaters which we use at night. I often wrap up in blankets and even wear a ski jacket in the evenings indoors.<br><br>
If you have any tips for how to lower bills, I would love to hear them. My husband keeps saying we need a way to heat just the areas we're in - rather than the whole house. Our house is about 1600 square feet. Any suggestions? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cold.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cold">
I had the same problem but I fixed it after I read this https://www.patriotdirect.org/30-tip...ctricity-bill/ and my bill was reduced considerably, I think it is worth trying, you have nothing to lose, I'm sure you will work and most of those recommendations.
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<p>Our house is 3000 square feet, and is Energy Star certified (which means it should be very efficient!)  It's only a year old.  We have brand new energy-efficient appliances.  We keep our temps at a reasonable level.</p>
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<p>Our hydro bill is awful beyond awful, at $500 every 2 months.  It's been consistent for the past year, and it's baffling.  We moved from a much less efficient home with very old and inefficient appliances and also had central air, and in that house we paid under half what we pay here.  And even though we have central air here, our bill didnt' go up with the summer temps.  And we're not heated by electricity.  We still do the same amount of cooking and laundry that we did at the old house, but with more efficient appliances, so ???<br><br>
We are investigating wtf is wrong, and our next step is a private energy audit.  We've already tried the Kill-a-watt, tried all sorts of suggestions to minimize use, even shut off the power to see if our meter kept going (it didn't), and flipping all the breakers to measure what's using what...and can't figure it out.</p>
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<p>On top of our hydro bill, our heating bill averages $90 per month over the year.</p>
I had the same problem but I fixed it after I read this https://www.patriotdirect.org/30-tip...ctricity-bill/ and my bill was reduced considerably, I think it is worth trying, you have nothing to lose, I'm sure you will work and most of those recommendations.
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I Live in the midwest...it gets frigid in the winter and Hot in the summer...

I live in a tiny 1 bedroom apartment...my electric runs between 80$-140$ a month depending on weather...my gas runs between 50$- 100$ again depending on weather...

I am ver y frugal...no lights during the day...I set my thermostats at 70 pretty much year round whether its heat or air...I would love to get mine lower too...
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We have all electric and our rates are high because of us eating fees to help power company clean up coal ash spill. We are on equal payment plan and pay $257 a month. Sometimes it's lower and sometimes higher.


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Cost of gas/electricity per month?

I'm in North Alabama and We have had the same problem. We were living in a 5 bedroom huge home, we pretty much lived on one half of the house and kept the other half shut off, just for myself, hubs and 2 very small kiddos our electric ran $400+ a month, all of our appliances being high efficiency and brand new. My brothers both moved into the other half, with their huge TVs and game consoles constantly running I just knew our bill would be $1000+ but surprisingly it stayed the same. Heating/cooling 3 more bedrooms another living room and bathroom. Made nonsense to me, we even had the electric company come and check but all is well. Now we live in an older (1970s model but remodeled) 3 br 2 Ba mobile home with 2 window units both set on 60 and the same appliances as other house and our bill hasn't been over $80. Our gas bill (heating only) has at it's highest been $96. That's with the
My neighbors on the other hand just had an energy efficient home built last year and their bill hasn't been under $300 yet, even when they were on vacation for 2 weeks and turned the power off to the house!


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We rent 3bd 2 bath 1,484 sqft home it is old buit in 1978.

Our most recent Electric bill was $113. My next bill is estimated at $150 all becuase i started to use the a/c unit a few days back before it stopped working completely. I feel like our elctric bill is too high... I have a friend who always has her a/c on and has a 2 story house and her bill is so much lower like one month it was $22 and the hghest was $50.

Our most recent Gas bill was $41.02

Our most recent Water bill was $49.82

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i am in the midwest and this past month:

Gas: 38$
electric 202$
water/trash/recycling 102$

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Our electric gets really high july-september about 300 $ per month. Gas wasn't as bad in the winter maybe 225$ at the coldest.

The house we live in is a rental. It is 42 years old has three levels and is about 2500 sq ft. It has decent insulation but the a/c unit is a gigantic dinosaur.

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!300 sq feet in rural Midwest, we pay around $300/month. Most of that is due to the fact that the house is not properly insulated. We are working on that. I can't wait.

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1300 square foot house. Seems very well insulated although there is one large single pane window that is quite drafty. ELectric runs between $40 adn $100 (higher in summer because of dehumidifier). Gas heat (I looked at houses with gas heat when I bought)hit a max of $180 this year during the coldest month. I generally had the heat at 72 when I was home and down to 62 when out. I could have used a lower temperature but the room I most like to be in has the very draft single pane window. THis winter I am going to cover it with plastic and I have a little space heater now. This was my first year in this house. I only looked at houses with gas heat because it is cheaper. I also realized in the middle of winnter that even though my favorite room is the dining room, I was keeping the heat up much higher on that floor to compensate for the draft so now in the winter, my fav room is the warmer living room : )

THe gas also covers the dryer because I lived without a dryer at all for years and when I moved in here I went crazy and stopped air drying. I will probably start again shortly but I haven't put up an outside line yet. I save money on electric by: having single bulb lamps in every room. Even in the kitchen, I have a funky litle vintage lamp that hangs on the wall and it is my primary light in that room. I think the lighting is more peaceful and it saves money. I have put some kind of a floor or wall or table lamp in every room and made it the primary light which avoids using overhead lamps that usually have several bulbs. THe low light works 85 to 95 % of the time. I also have compact flourescnets or LED bulbs in every fixture. Outdoor lighting is on a motion detector. Other than that I don't do anything unusal to save electric. SO far this year haven't needed air conditioning. The electric also is for the well pump, though, so I try to be careful with water use.

I think when I cover the single pane window with plastic and/or a drape, it will let me keep the heat lower when I am home. Hope so anyway.
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