View Poll Results: What is your monthly average electric bill and how many sq ft do you have?

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  • <$200/month

    29 78.38%
  • <$300/month

    5 13.51%
  • $300-$500/month

    2 5.41%
  • > $500/month

    2 5.41%
  • 1000 square feet or less

    13 35.14%
  • 1000 to 2000 sq ft

    7 18.92%
  • 2000 to 3000 sq ft

    7 18.92%
  • >3000 sq ft

    6 16.22%
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Thread: What are your average monthly electic bills? How many square feet to you heat/cool?

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    Re: What are your average monthly electic bills? How many square feet to you heat/co

    Quote Originally Posted by maggied View Post
    our home is about 1200 sq. Ft. I just totaled my 2012 bills for electric and gas (heat/cooking).

    Electric: $704 for the year (about $58/month)
    gas: $731 for the year (about $61/month)
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    Re: What are your average monthly electic bills? How many square feet to you heat/co

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    sweet
    Yeah, well, on the other hand, my real estate taxes are $4,800 a year. OMFG!!!
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    Re: What are your average monthly electic bills? How many square feet to you heat/co

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Yeah, well, on the other hand, my real estate taxes are $4,800 a year. OMFG!!!
    Mine were $3100 this year, supposed to be $3400 next year. Illinois does get you on property taxes. Do you guys pay it on the cars too? we do, that was another $1000 for us.

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    Re: What are your average monthly electic bills? How many square feet to you heat/co

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    Mine were $3100 this year, supposed to be $3400 next year. Illinois does get you on property taxes. Do you guys pay it on the cars too? we do, that was another $1000 for us.
    No, thank heaven. No personal property tax in Illinois. I think our utilities are damned cheap, though. As is food, etc.
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    Re: What are your average monthly electic bills? How many square feet to you heat/co

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckBerry View Post
    I find this very hard to believe unless your house is uninsulated or you leave all the windows open.
    My wife does like to keep the house a lot warmer than I would but otherwise not really.

    Well "I can't effing believe it!!" are often the first words out of my mouth when I open the utility bill too in winter. I don't know if it is true but I heard what they do is take the total cost to the city for gas and prorate it based on your level of consumption so gas customers share in the cost of lost gas from leaks and such but IDK if that is true or not. We also have smart meters which supposedly are much more accurate than the dial meters. On top of that, the city is putting in all new gas lines so I imagine that might factor into the cost somehow. My city is pretty tight lipped about utilities until people are ready to lynch them. I have had a bill as high as $800+ for one month same house when there was some huge price spike.

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    Re: What are your average monthly electic bills? How many square feet to you heat/co

    1500 sq ft. My bill is around $180, but we use wind power that is offered by the city now at a slightly higher rate.
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    Re: What are your average monthly electic bills? How many square feet to you heat/co

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    My wife does like to keep the house a lot warmer than I would but otherwise not really.

    Well "I can't effing believe it!!" are often the first words out of my mouth when I open the utility bill too in winter. I don't know if it is true but I heard what they do is take the total cost to the city for gas and prorate it based on your level of consumption so gas customers share in the cost of lost gas from leaks and such but IDK if that is true or not. We also have smart meters which supposedly are much more accurate than the dial meters. On top of that, the city is putting in all new gas lines so I imagine that might factor into the cost somehow. My city is pretty tight lipped about utilities until people are ready to lynch them. I have had a bill as high as $800+ for one month same house when there was some huge price spike.
    I'd have that meter checked for accuracy. Oh, they're going to say, "It's impossible!!!" Check with your neighbors. If your bill is exponentially higher than theirs, really! It could be the meter. It was with my water meter. And it was suipposed to be a Smarty Pants, too. Had a new one put in after I bitched and moaned for four months about my bill -- my water bill dropped in half. HALF!!
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    $300ish per month. Hate it.
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    Re: What are your average monthly electic bills? How many square feet to you heat/co

    Quote Originally Posted by maggied View Post
    yeah, well, on the other hand, my real estate taxes are $4,800 a year. Omfg!!!
    ouch !!

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    Re: What are your average monthly electic bills? How many square feet to you heat/co

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I'd have that meter checked for accuracy. Oh, they're going to say, "It's impossible!!!" Check with your neighbors. If your bill is exponentially higher than theirs, really! It could be the meter. It was with my water meter. And it was suipposed to be a Smarty Pants, too. Had a new one put in after I bitched and moaned for four months about my bill -- my water bill dropped in half. HALF!!
    It is everybody's. Usually when those jacked up bills come out you hear everybody who has gas freaking out. The last time everybody raised heck about it, I ended up with 2 and 1/2 months worth of free utilities credits at the end of winter where we were all "accidentally" overcharged based on actual costs being below anticipated costs or some crap like that. It and zoning Nazi's are why we will not be building our new house in the city.

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