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Old 01-13-2012, 11:25 PM
 
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Hi! Moving to Pueblo the first week of February. Trying to create a budget but, somehow, am unable to determine how much to budget for electricity and gas! I'll be living in Villas West; just me (one bedroom). Any thoughts?!
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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It should not be that expensive. I don't know the exact rates but I know in my house my rates are not bad the only expensive utility rate is the water in the summer when I water my lawn but I tend to over water it so I can keep it green and lush like it would be in the deep south.
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Old 01-14-2012, 01:29 PM
 
Location: The 719
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My highest monthly water bill was about 40 bucks where I used 12,000 gallons of water which happened back in June. Then July, August, and September were followed with 9000 and another peak of 10,000 in September, where I got the lawn back to green after the heat of the summer.

You couldn't say I damaged my lawn due to underwatering last year. I would say it suffered a bit... but I think we had an unusually hot summer. Joss, you claim that you used something like 137,000 gallons per month in some post from a couple of years ago. I used 85,000 gallons per month during all of last year.

Granted I don't pay for sewer as we're on septic with leach lines.

To the OP, I think the worst of our electric bills came in the heat of summer as we have central air and we paid for it this last season with 200.00+ months. I think our lowest electric bills are maybe about 120.00 per. It seems like it's higher these days as we've had it as low as 80.00 per month in years past. We have a home with finished basement, but pretty small. It's only about 1250 upstairs with about 1100 finished in the basement. Heat, I just got last months bill for natural gas and it ramped up to 140.00. It was in the 30s throughout the summer and fall. I try to turn the thermostat down to about 63 in the evenings and when we're gone and it gets turned up to about 69 when we're cold and we try to turn it down to about 65 until bedtime. We now use flannel sheets which are comfy even when the bedroom and bed is cold. Our heat bill may go up as high as 180 in the next couple of months to come.

There are more efficient ways to cool down a home in Colorado such as using a swamp cooler and some folks burn wood in the winter. If I was to live in the mountains, I'd be attracted to the low maintenance of a pellet stove (low maintenance as in not having to chop wood every week), but realize that this is not a cheap option. If you must keep a home warm 24/7, I've seen a pellet stove save a marriage. I had friends who lived in Conifer who hated coming home to be the one who had to chop wood to warm the house. It's only other option was electric baseboard.... very expensive.

Not intending to get off-topic. I don't know anything about Villas West. Is this a townhome, apt, subdivision? How many bedrooms? Facing south or southeast? South or southwest? Hopefully not northwest?
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