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Old 02-16-2017, 09:39 AM
 
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im in north central ohio. my utilities are ...
water/sewer- $125-200
electric- $125-300
gas- $50-200
trash- $71 bi monthly
verizon- $285 with 3 phones unlimited everything.
these are per month ... i threw in the cell phone just for comparison.. these are average also..they have been higher but for the most part within these numbers. now i have spoke to friends that live in smaller homes, mine is 2800 sq ft, that have much lower bills and have friends that live down south that have much lower bills but live in similar sized homes.. wife and i want to move to a warmer climate, north carolina or south carolina and want to make sure we will save some money on utilities.. we have been told by many that water bills in my area are the highest in the state... my taxes are more than alot also.. whats your thoughts thanks
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:48 AM
 
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Due to the many variables involved, comparing random people's bills is pretty much meaningless. Plus, NC has lots of different electrical providers and many hundreds of different water, sewer and trash providers. You'd be better served by deciding on a few specific towns that interest you and drilling in to the utility costs per unit there. But, to answer your questions, my average monthly costs over a year are:

water/sewer: $100 (very high water and sewer costs for NC)
electric: $190 (probably will go down to $150-$175)
propane: $75
trash: $10
cell phone: $60 for 2 lines on Total Wireless

My house is about 2,000 sf, is 125 years old and not energy efficient.
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Old 02-16-2017, 05:37 PM
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We were paying $600 per month winter (heat) and summer (air). Replace heating and cooling system, ncluding vents and ducts summer of 2015. We are now in the mid 200s. Huge difference with mega - efficient systems. Oh, in New Bern that includes water/sewer. Our home is 105 years old. I paid for significant upgrade in floor insulation and attic, too. But, there is nothing at all in walls.
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Old 02-16-2017, 06:20 PM
 
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thanks for the replies.. my home was built in 1853 and is very well insulated in walls, floors and attic.. high efficiency furnace and all new duct work. but its 3 stories with full basement and full walk in attic and 6 bedrooms. 2.5 baths. way too much house now that our kids are grown. i do understand there are lots of variables .
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Old 02-17-2017, 02:36 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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Eastern NC in general was (probably still is) notorious for having the highest utility bills in the state. I grew up in the small town of Fremont, located about halfway between Wilson and Goldsboro off of I-795, and it wasn't unusual to have utility bills ranging anywhere from $400 to $700. You practically had to live like an Amish just to see a $250 bill. It was terrible. Some places were even more expensive.

Fremont is just one of 32 towns/cities in the region that have that problem.

These should bring you up to speed.

The cost of electricity is devastating Eastern North Carolina | Exile on Jones Street | Indy Week

North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA)

| News & Observer

Note that even with Duke Energy's buyout, it's still up to the towns/cities to reduce their rates and while some of them have, others (like Fremont) love revenue too much to lower rates by much, if any. My advice would be to choose a city or town that interests you and ask about utility bills in that particular area.
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Old 02-17-2017, 06:27 AM
 
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Eastern NC in general was (probably still is) notorious for having the highest utility bills in the state. I grew up in the small town of Fremont, located about halfway between Wilson and Goldsboro off of I-795, and it wasn't unusual to have utility bills ranging anywhere from $400 to $700. You practically had to live like an Amish just to see a $250 bill. It was terrible. Some places were even more expensive.

Fremont is just one of 32 towns/cities in the region that have that problem.

These should bring you up to speed.

The cost of electricity is devastating Eastern North Carolina | Exile on Jones Street | Indy Week

North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA)

| News & Observer

Note that even with Duke Energy's buyout, it's still up to the towns/cities to reduce their rates and while some of them have, others (like Fremont) love revenue too much to lower rates by much, if any. My advice would be to choose a city or town that interests you and ask about utility bills in that particular area.
That issue has largely resolved itself. Most of then towns in the NCEMPA have seen significant rate cuts.
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