What do you spend on utilities every month?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LadyBlackheart:  water and heat are included in my lease.

Elec: During the winter/fall anywhere btween $45-$52 Summer $70-$100. During the heatwave my bill was $150! But that was only one month.

Gas: $17-$20

Cable: We have a package- cable, internet, phone – $160

Cell phone: $160 (we have a family plan)

then there are the other bills, groceries, rent, toiletries, etc.


Post # 4
12900 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wow, 35 each for electric in the summer sounds really freaking good.


  • Electric: 200 (summer), 90 (winter), 200 in winter if we heat the upstairs bedrooms, which we dont right now.

  • Water: we have well water

  • Oil (hot water): maybe 50 a month

  • Oil (heat): 500/month in the winter.  But we switched to a pellet stove so it’s about 1200 for the winter season now.

Gas heat, I don’t have it, but from what I’ve heard runs about 80/month in the winter.  ETA: Oh, I see you live in GA, I guess heat isnt all that big a deal there, but it’s a killer in MA, esp if you’re on oil heat.

Post # 5
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

Gas & Electric is one bill for me, I get charged $14 mo for gas even if I don’t use any – just to “have” it.

Summer Months: $100-$120, keep thermostat no lower than 73 ever. Typically stays at 75 most of the time.

Winter Months: $40, keeping thermostat no higher than 67-70, usually at 65.

For Wisconsin, I have been told I am an anomaly since most people here use more heat in the winter. I barely use any but my APT is on the top floor and I think it gets very warm all on its own.

Water is paid for by the management company/included in rent.

High speed internet $45/mo

Post # 6
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Electric & Gas – $110/month averaged over the year (more like $75/month in summer and $don’tevenwannathinkaboutit in winter)

Water – $45/month

Internet and phone – $45/month

We have a 3 bed house but we both work full time so it’s empty for 10 hours/day.


Cell phone – at the moment, $30/month for us both but only because we have old phones, when we need new ones it will be around $60/month.




Post # 7
6073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

August 2013:

Utilities (water, sewer, garbage, etc) $81.98

Cable: $77.60

Gas: $20.85

Electricity: $59.87


January 2013:

Utilities (water, sewer, garbage, etc) $78.05

Cable: $77.60

Gas: $72.22

Electricity: $40.58

Post # 8
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Your utility costs will vary greatly by location, size of the home/apartment, and efficiency of the appliances/home insulation.

For example, I had a 1350 sq ft town house built in the 1950s that cost me $120 a month (on average) for gas and electric. I now have a 3300 sq ft single family home built in the mid-1980s that costs (on average) $140 for electric (EVERYTHING is electric). I more than tripled my square footage but only increased my cost by $20 per month because my new home actually has insulation the 1950s house had some newspaper stuffed in the walls for “insulation”) and we are installing energy star appliances throughout the house.

Post # 9
3506 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I live in 1200 square foot home. 

Water & sewer (quarterly) $120

Gas (set on budget) $66

Electric between $50-$80 (depending time of year)


Post # 10
1305 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

The cost of utilities varies by where you live and the size of your apartment. Like what I pay for electricity and gas would be double in NYC. I have a studio apt. in NJ (so utilities might be similar to Atlanta) and it’s $20-$25 for electricity and gas (around $50 if running the AC in summer). I’m also not home for most of the day, e.g. I don’t get home until 7 pm to start turning on lights and such.


Post # 11
6980 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

2100 sq ft house:

Water/sewer: $130 quarterly

Gas/Electric (they are a combined cost here): this varies a lot for us. I would say between $160 and $260 would be a safe range, but I have had a few in the $300+ range when it was sweltering out. Our A/C unit is old though, and probably not super economical.

Post # 12
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel

I currently pay 30 for water, 90 for cable, and electric changes according to season but right now during summer is between 150 and 200, winter is between 70 to 120. Those are the only utilities I pay for.

Post # 13
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@LadyBlackheart:  We have a 1600 sq ft house.  Our gas/electric bill is typically between $100-$200/month.  We don’t have to pay for water, it’s included in our $200/month HOA fee, which also includes garbage pick up, landscaping, snow removal, etc.  We also pay $225/month for cable and internet – total rip off!  


Post # 14
2912 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Hydro: $60pm

Cable/Internet: $140pm

Post # 16
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@LadyBlackheart:  call the electric company and ask what the previous owners spent on their electric bill.  you can also ask for similar houses in the area.

but your usage may be different from their usage.


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