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Old 02-22-2007, 07:16 PM
 
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Default Piedmont Natural Gas Bill - help!!

I got my first bill from Piedmont today & almost choked. The bill was only for 9 days of service and it was $151! We were only in the house for 5 of those days with the heat set to 70. Then, when we left, we set it to 60. We are only using natural gas for heating, our water heater, and our fireplace (which we only turned on once!). Everything else uses electricity. Our 3 story house is slightly over 5000 sq. ft. (finished attic is about 800 square feet) and it over a conditioned crawlspace.

I have never used natural gas for anything, so I have no idea if this is a typical bill for a house this size or not. I am extremely worried now that our monthly bills in the winter will be $500 - $600, which doesn't include electric.

For those of you who are already living there, do you mind telling me what your monthly gas bill is & the size of your home? Does this bill seem right, or could there possibly be a leak or something else wrong?
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Old 02-22-2007, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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They probably nailed you on a connection fee.

Last month $170 1700~square foot
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Old 02-22-2007, 07:28 PM
 
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I agree with Charlotte Agent, there must have been some time of connection fee. We use gas for heat, hot water, and gas logs in the fireplace and our monthly was $106.91 for 1800+ sq ft. If the bill isn't itemized I'd call them and see what's going on.
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Even with a connection fee, that seems extraordinarily high. You definitely need to call them directly!

Good luck.

SL
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:52 PM
 
Location: NJ
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wow im thinking about buying a house thats 3800 sq ft, i know here in Jersey we have a 3600 sq ft house and my bills are 640 a month for gas, I thought gas would be less there in Nc, but our dryer is gas our stove is gas and well of course the heat however its alot colder here than there so I would definately call them and ask for an actual reading or find out why its so high but Yes I have to agree im sure it was also a connection fee attached....good luck to you
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Old 02-23-2007, 04:11 AM
 
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Default gas bill

I did call, and they did not charge me a connection fee. I have them coming to reread the meter, and if they still think the reading was right, then I am going to have them initiate a "high bill investigation." They will check for leaks and things of that nature.
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Old 02-23-2007, 05:29 AM
 
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natural gas is very expensive here - I have friends that hate running their gas fireplaces becasue it is so expensive. We have electric heat so I can't help much but just for us running one gas fireplace for aesthetic purposes in the winter can run about $50-70/month.
Unfortuantely air conditioning a house that size will be expensive as well.

Also, before you bought the house did the realtor provide you with a 12 month running monthly for the utility bills? That would tell you what the bills were for that house for the previous year so you can budget them as part of the expense and know if they are way off.
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Old 02-23-2007, 05:58 AM
 
Location: "The Gorge"
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Our bill was $161. Gas heat, H2O, and gas logs. About 1700 sq feet. Hang in there, spring is right around the corner!
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Old 02-23-2007, 06:06 AM
 
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Is your home brand new??We had a similar problem. We got in our home on the 17th of Nov.My first bill (Energy United)around somewhere after Christmas.So my billing cycle was form the 17th through Dec.21 or so. My bill ( with only two of us in the house with the heater set low!) was $500.00!!!!
We asked our neighbors who have 4 people total in the house and they said theirs was $185.00 so we knew something was not right.
My husband noticed the meter was running really high.
Long story short, it was our brand new heating system which was defective.At first the heating guy said he was never called back from the contractor to do one more thing to the system tht would have possibly prevented this from happening in the first place.But he serviced it, nothing change so he replaced it.
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Old 02-23-2007, 06:25 AM
 
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Originally Posted by CharlotteAgent View Post
They probably nailed you on a connection fee. Last month $170 1700~square foot
At this billing rate of $170 for $1700 sq ft her bill for her house at 5,000 sq. ft would be $500 - so the bill is probably correct
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