Am I paying too much on utilities?!

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I used to live in an old apartment with terrible windows and radiators, and in the winter I would pay over $400.  Now I live in a 700 sq foot apartment and this month I paid $70 for gas and electric.

Post # 4
1303 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015


Same as you except our condo is maybe 1200 sq ft. Our last utilities bill was $200. Yell

Post # 5
3505 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

GAS: $54

Electricity: it varies, last month it was $60ish

Water: $120 quarterly (includes sewer)

How big is your home: 1200 sq ft single family home, just 2 of us living in it, and I keep the heat down pretty low – at least my husband complains he’s always freezing. I keep it at 66*

Post # 6
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are doing pretty well on our utilities.  Our house is around 2000 sq ft

Gas and electric (one bill) around $120

Water/trash- between $30 and $40

Post # 7
805 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Im in metro Atlanta


GAS: it jumped up to 140 last month, not sure why, maybe because we have a gas fireplace and its been cold. its usually around 60-70


Electricity: 60


Water: its included in our rent


How big is your home: 1 bed 1 bath apt. roughly 800 sqft




Post # 8
1178 posts
Bumble bee

1500 sq feet house in Portland, Oregon…

GAS: Mostly gas everything! $116.00 last month. I don’t even put the heat past 65

Electricity: $36.00 last month

Water: $100 month. Most of that is sewer costs. Don’t even get me started on Portland water/sewer costs. I think it’s highway robbery!

Post # 9
644 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We just moved to a 3 bed 2.5 bath 1600 SQF house from a 2 bed, 1 bath 800 SQF apartment

For comparison sake to see how different things can impact your utility cost take our last month bill for each property. Keep in mind we weren’t actually LIVING in the apartment, it was vacant. They are in the same county so same amount of tax the apartment was VERY drafty and had old appliances.


Gas: $75

Electricity: $165

Water: $35



Gas: $110

Electricity: $40

Water: $12

Post # 10
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

GAS: $9- $13 ( $9 is the charge to have it each month, I rarely use it – for heat only)

Electricity: $50-110/mo (Winter $50/Summer $110)

Water: Nothing – Live in an apartment, it’s included in rent. (Previously $20/mo)

How big is your home: 1100 sq ft 2 bed 2 bath apartment


Post # 11
1397 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We live in an apartment that is about 1000 sq ft.  We don’t have gas so $0, electric is $60 and that is just due to it being winter and cold the average is about $45, we don’t pay for water.  However the cable bill is not fun at all.

Post # 12
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Gas: $25

Water: Included, but used to pay $40 every 3 months.

Electricity: $45

Apartment size: 900sqft

Post # 13
989 posts
Busy bee

@weddingbee098:  I live in a 3BR house, and we just got our first electricity bill a couple of days ago, which was $395 (our bills come every 3 months). We were really happy with that, as we’ve been using the ducted air conditioning a lot and we were expecting way worse. Gas bill hasn’t come yet, but I’m scared (we’ve got hot water that never runs out, and that means you could shower all day…bit of a downside for someone like me who has trouble getting out of the shower!). The homeowner pays the water bill, but if we use excess water, we will pay the difference.

Post # 14
6786 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@weddingbee098:  I signed us up for budget billing, so you get billed the same amount every month, year round. Gas is $99/mo, electric is $120/mo, and we don’t pay for water because we have a well. Our house is a bit over 1700 sq ft not including the attached garage and finished basement. I should add that it was flipped in 2012, so everything is brand new and “energy efficient.” The only thing that wasn’t replaced were our windows, so those are a bit drafty sometimes. 

ETA: 3 bedroom 3 bathroom

Post # 15
6963 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our electric and gas combined was $280 this month. Ouch. Yay for the polar vortex!

Our house is 2100 sq ft.

Post # 16
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@weddingbee098:  i would estimate that my apartment is about 700-900sf?

I pay about $45-$50 for electric. 

Gas about $17-$20 (we do a lot of cooking)

Water is paid for my the LL


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