Post # 1
Hi all, I decided to suck it up and get a part-time job. My lease expires in January but if I can manage to find someone to take over my lease, I may move before then.
So I’m trying to come up with a likely budget. I’m not sure of how much people usually spend on utilities like water, sewer, trash, electric/power, gas (for the home)…and anything else that I may be forgetting.
Right now, I share a 3 bedroom, 3 bath apartment with two other girls. We have individual leases and we pay $375 each. Our rent also includes all utilities except electric. Because it’s summer, our electric bill is higher, of course. The leasing office always splits the electric bill evenly among the three of us. Like right now, we each owe $35 for our electric bill.
Because of this arrangement, I’m not sure how much to budget for utilities when I get my own place. My rent won’t include utilities then so I have to figure out how much to budget for. I’ve searched on Google and just to be safe, I’m trying to budget for $200 for all utilities. I figure rent plus $200 in utilities should be a good estimate, I think.
So I’m curious, bees. What do you spend on your utilities? When I say utilities, I’m only including essential stuff like water, electric, gas, etc. Cable television and cell phone is not included. Though I would be interested to know how much you pay for internet. When I get my own place, I’m not going to get cable. I’m just going to use Hulu and Netflix. But I do need internet so I’m curious to know how much y’all pay for internet.
Post # 3
@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.
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
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
- 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
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
Utilities (water, sewer, garbage, etc) $81.98
Utilities (water, sewer, garbage, etc) $78.05
Post # 8
- 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
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
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
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
- 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
@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 # 15
Wow, it’s amazing what some people pay! I know that my utility bill will vary due to location, the square footage and insulation of my apartment. But it’s just really interesting to see what other people pay for utilities.
Post # 16
@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.