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Old 07-02-2009, 09:39 PM
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In looking for an apartment, I am finding several that fit what we seek, but the utilities are not included. Can anyone give me an idea what heat, cooking gas, water, and electric (assume window a/c unit) are for a one bedroom apartment (assume 800 sq ft)
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:12 PM
Location: Logan Square
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It will vary widely with the kinds of heat you have (GFA, Radient or Central) and the age of the building/windows. Older buildings are drafty and tougher to properly heat than more recent construction. Water/Trash should be included in rent.
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Old 07-03-2009, 01:00 AM
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I'm not even sure what our utilities are (my husband handles that; I don't need the added stress of knowing ow much money we don't have that we're spending. ha.) but I definitely recommend finding a place with heat INCLUDED in the rest. It will likely mean that the heat is radiator heat and that you will need window air conditioner units in the summer, but seriously, I don't want to have to pay to heat this apartment when it hits -14 again! I suppose it wouldn't be as bad if it were a tiny apartment, or better yet, a studio, but the idea of heating a place in this city just terrifies me.

Maybe it's not so bad? Someone can clarify that. heh.
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:07 AM
Location: Chicago, IL
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Default 1BR, Heating bill

I have a 1BR apartment Central Heat and Air Now, and I used to have a 1BR with free steam heat and window Air Conditioners. Here's how it broke down:

1BR - Steam Heat/Window Air:
Summer - Gas - Minimum to keep it on, Electric - 70 - 100 per month (I ran two window air units)
Winter - Gas - Minimum to keep it on - Electric - 30-50ish, dpending on when I was home

1BR - Central Heat and Air:
Summer - Gas - Minimum/Average - Electric - 70-90 per month
Winter - Gas - 100-130 per month - Electrick - 30-50 per month

You DEFINITELY save money with steam heat, but most of the buildings that have steam heat are old and dilapidated. Do I miss having free steam heat? You bet! Would I be willing to give up in-unit laundry, high vaulted ceilings, Dishwasher, and 200 square feet of room to only save 10 dollars on rent and have free heat again? No.

It's a cost/benefit analysis for me. If you are renting a 1BR or Studio, don't be afraid of heating bills. If you own/rent a home, THEN it's time to be afraid of massive heating bills!
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