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Old 02-24-2008, 11:55 AM
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how much is your gas bill? I have 1800 gas heated square feet, and had a $100 gas bill this month, keeping the house in the low 60s (!)

It seemed a little much, especially since the house is in the low 60s. How much are you paying? Are newer homes significantly more energy efficient than older homes? My home was constructed in the 1920s and I have a 15 year old furnace...does that make any difference?
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:36 PM
Location: CLT native
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Small house 2400sf, thermostats on 66 deg F.
March bill in my hand, $233.

We have a solid house & two (upper and lower) 90% modern TRANE furnaces.
New water heater (2 months) and it is turned up high as we like hot water for large baths.

Also to be fair we have gas log fireplaces and the wife and kids have them on often.
Today I see the kids and dog snuggled up around a fireplace burning natural gas.

I am probably better off just throwing $20 bills in there, but everyone is happy, so why rock the boat?

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Old 02-24-2008, 12:45 PM
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Just got the gas bill for our first full month of owning our house. We don't live in it yet so the hot water heater is turned way down and the thermostats are turned down to 60. The house is 3 stories, 4300 sq feet, new construction, all brick. The bill was $166 for 114 therms. This seemed high for not living there. We're going to check the thermostats to make sure they are not going up at all and will turn them down a bit lower.
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Old 02-24-2008, 01:09 PM
Location: Drury Lane
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Seems redundant to say this but the per therm charge for natural gas is significantly higher than a few years ago. I doubt that will change. I figure the natural gas bills and heating oil bills in northern states are even higher. Remember, a few years back CITGO (Chavez's oil company) gave millions of gallons of heating oil at reduced prices to people in the northeast through a deal worked out with a politician.

My last bill was $200 for 2400 sq. ft. with two furnaces. We try to keep them at 70 or so.
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:53 PM
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Default how much more is a therm now

OK, well I had to cough up about $85 for 72 therms. The other $20 or so constituted the $10 monthly charge, taxes etc... How much were therms 3, 5, 10 years ago?

And, I dont fully trust Piedmont Gas. I am not sure why they give me a surcharge on my "heat unit" and an upcharge for adjusting my meter to match what a therm truly constitutes....

Still, I dont understand why heating my house at 62ish or so would give me a $100 bill!
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:20 PM
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I got on Piedmont Natural Gas' website to look up the rate schedule. We are being billed at rate 101 Residential Service- Value Rate. Does anyone know who would be billed at the Residential Service- Standard Rate? The price per therm does go down a bit from April to October.
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:20 PM
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our house is 3100 sq ft w/ two thermostats that are set at 68 or 69 degrees. our last bill was from 1/10 to 2/11 32 days - total therms used 153.
we owe 220.08
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Old 02-24-2008, 06:15 PM
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house is 3200sq ft w/3 thermostats. At night 2 thermostats are set at 68. The third is set in the low 60's...

During the day 2 of 3 thermostats are lowered to low 60's b4 I goto work. The downstairs thermo is set to 70.

used 212 therms from 12/30 - 1/30.... $300.95
160 from 11/30-12/29
120 from 10/30-11/29
35 from 9/30-10/29

to be fair the $300 bill was my highest and it was a very cold period of time...
We do use the gas fireplace quite often in the morning. I'm guessing that draws alot....anyone have any other tips besides freezing to death trying to save $$?
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:18 PM
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Last Month was $122

2651 Sq Ft, Gas Hot water & range, Gas logs fire place not used much.

65 at evenings until 10 & weekends 63 mornings to take the chill off. Downstairs
65 evenings to 11 Morning 64 then off Upstairs (weekends varies depending on what we are doing)
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:37 PM
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3400 sq ft. Last gas bill @ $150. I keep my house 68-70. My tips for saving money on gas 1)turn off the gas fireplace including pilot. It costs a fortune to run those things. 2)get your furnaces serviced once a year 3)turn water heater to 120 degrees 4)install programable thermostats
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