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Old 02-13-2015, 06:27 PM
 
Location: NC
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Just remember that those who pay high prices usually keep their thermostats high. I know people who have $300 to $400 bills but they keep there homes at 73 to 74 degrees year round.
Actually, our thermostat is set between 67-68. I don't live in a mansion. My house is less than 3,000 sq ft.

NB electric rates are ridiculous! You know that you live in a city with exorbitant electric rates if residents threaten the mayor over it!

The rates are so high that the City of New Bern has police officers standing guard at the utility department because customers are in there flipping out over their high bills!

That's right folks! Residents are so upset over their electric bills that police officers had to be sent in!

What are residents supposed to do for heat? Not have any? Walk around the house in fur coats? Live in a single wide? Let me guess........all of these complainers (those who are tired of being financially raped) should just move, right? Many folks can't afford to or aren't fortunate enough to have that as an option. In case you didn't realize, the average family income in NB is less than $40k and many live in poverty.
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Old 02-13-2015, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Just remember that those who pay high prices usually keep their thermostats high. I know people who have $300 to $400 bills but they keep there homes at 73 to 74 degrees year round.
I couldn't stand it that high - heat here is usually 60 (except when it's windy, house isn't insulated well at all - then it's up to about 64, that's all I can tolerate - nighttime is 50 (again, if it's windy, might be as high as 54 or so)
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Old 02-14-2015, 07:50 AM
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Mine thermostats are at 68 in day and 62 at night in winter and in summer about 75. Our house just does not keep heat or retain cool. We have a ton of insulation in the attic, fairly new windows, and spent $2500 last summer addressing the crawl space and putting top notch insulation between the floor joists.

I would state unequivocally that older homes without insulation are gonna cost you more. Sure there are modern homes in New Bern, but ours was built in, I think, 1907, is about 2200 ft square and we pay a lot! While not being all that comfortable.

Just beware.
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Old 01-19-2016, 01:44 PM
 
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Just returned from visiting Ghent and found an abundance of Sears Homes on Spencer Avenue!

What a treat!

I found more than 24 kit homes within New Bern, but these are the highlights!!

And that was the "low-hanging fruit." I only saw about 30% of the New Bern area.








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Old 01-19-2016, 03:24 PM
 
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While I love the style of some of the homes in Ghent, there is the issue of: parking, crime, VERY close built homes, etc.
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Old 10-16-2016, 02:08 PM
 
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Trolley Run is part of the Ghent Neighborhood. We keep our AC at 70 in summer, and heat at 72 in winter. Our bill runs $200 in summer and $150 in winter. House is 16 years old.
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Old 10-16-2016, 05:51 PM
 
Location: NC
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Trolley Run is part of the Ghent Neighborhood. We keep our AC at 70 in summer, and heat at 72 in winter. Our bill runs $200 in summer and $150 in winter. House is 16 years old.
I posted comment #11 back in Feb of 2015. Electricity is more affordable now. The City of New Bern reduced their rates since then.....
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Old 10-21-2016, 01:32 AM
 
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Why is New Bern Electric costs so high? $900 a Month is crazy
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