Post # 1
We moved into a new house in September. We just got our electricity bill for November-December and it is $370, or $185/month. We thought was extremely high, especially since we were traveling for the 2nd half of December. I don’t really have anything to compare this to though.
How much do you spend on electricity each month?
Post # 3
Yikes! That does sound high. Our typical bill is 65-85. In the summer when we have the AC running its 140-180. We have an electric stove also since we dont have gas where we are. Do you use any electric heat?
Post # 4
@RunningGal: Like PP said, it depends on if you use gas or electric heat. I used to rent a house that was geothermally heated/cooled (it was supposed to save a bunch of money, not even close), but running the pump required electricity. The stove was also electric. In the winter time our bill would be $500-$600 (2,000 square feet)
Post # 5
Where do you live, how high do you keep the thermostat, and how old is your house? (or how old are your windows?) Our first house was a hundred-year-old farmhouse with drafty windows and electric heat…it wasn’t uncommon for our electricity bill to be well over $200/month, and that was keeping the heat around 63 degrees.
Post # 6
@RunningGal: That sounds about right. I spend $175-$200 a month on electricity per month.
How big is your house? Is it all electric?
I just put in all new windows so I’m hoping it’ll down a little.
Post # 7
@RunningGal: Is this a new house or just a new to you house? You can call the power company and ask them for the average usage for the property (actually the realtor should have provided those estimates when you were interested in the house), and you might also be able to go on a budget. They figure out the average for the prior 12 months (if a resale)and you pay the same each month, and there’s usually a time within the year they balance it all out. You’ll either have a credit or owe some money, but I’ve found its much easier to know to pay the same amount each month.
My house is 2800 sf and our current electric bill is $126., and November’s was $101. My gas bill budget is $88.
Post # 8
Ours is usually $100-200 per month and sometimes even more if it’s really hot and we’re running the AC. What all do you have that is electric? Heat, stove, washer, dryer, etc?
Post # 9
Our last apartment had electric heat and drafty windows (not well built, but new-ish construction.) Even with programable thermostats (so 60 degrees & night & when we were gone, 68 when home), we still paid $150-175 in winter for a 2 bedroom, 850 sq ft place. Our new apartment has gas forced air heat, which is pro-rated per month at $35 and our electric bill is about $40-50 every two months (so $20-25 a month).
Post # 10
Wow! I think the most we’ve spent on electricity for one month was about $120, either during the summer with the AC running constantly or during Christmas time when the lights are up (My fiance has a serious obsession with Christmas lights, we have a LOT).
Typically, we’re closer to $80 a month. We did just get new windows last year though and that seriously helped.
Post # 11
We have electric heat. The house is 36 years old. We just moved in this past September and so we weren’t really too sure what to expect.
The house is about 2400 sqft and we keep it between 68-70.
Based on some of the posts it seems like this may be reasonable.
Post # 12
What you’re paying is about what we paid since we were able to shut the air off in September. We actually “HI-Fived” each other about the drop because during the summer it jumps to $300.00 a month, electric and that’s because we live in Florida. Last year we had to turn the air on in April. It completely depends where you live.
Post # 13
@RunningGal: 2400 sq ft is HUGE – im sure that’s why it’s high. Depending on where you live, that’s a steal. For example, if you lived in Boston, that’d be super cheap for heat.
Do you have double paned windows? Door drafts, ect? Might be worth looking into if you’d like to bring your energy costs down more.
Post # 14
Agreed. Sounds cheap to me. I have base board electric heat in a small two bedroom apartment (1000 sq ft) and if we ran the heat all the time it would be $300/mo!
Post # 15
Yeah, that doesn’t sound bad at all, now that I realize it’s electric heat, and fairly big.
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Our house is 3300 sq feet, crappy insulation, electric heat, and our November bill was $230. It would have been significantly higher, but we heat with our woodstove 50% of the time. So $185 isn’t bad.