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Unread 05-12-2010, 08:10 PM
 
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Default ELECTRIC BASEBOARD HEAT - Really BAD??

Hi,
We are looking for a condo in Branford to rent. We found one that we really like, but it has an electric baseboard heating type. Is it really bad/expensive? We moved to CT form Texas last year and were really shocked by the heat prices . Our current appartment has gas heating, and we still pay $ 280 a month on average in winter. Does it become much worse with electric baseboard heating ?
Thanks a lot!
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Unread 05-13-2010, 04:22 AM
 
Location: CT - close to coast
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Laughing my >>> off.
1. You're paying $280 a month with gas heat?
2. You're gonna be shocked(no electrical pun intended) when u get your bill.
3. What size is the place your trying to heat?

To give you an idea...a 6 room, 1100sq ft 2 level condo...with heat used in 3 rooms only...the bill was nearing $400 a month....Had I not liked the cold...I'm sure the bill would have been easily $600 for the months. Once the bill was $450 and then I realized I forgot to shut off the basement electric heat...The T-Stat was on 55 only.. LMAO

But I love electric heat. Price just sucks.
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Unread 05-13-2010, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I think you have to get prior power bills on THAT condo because they are all going to be different. I lived in a house in CT that had electric baseboard heat and my total monthly power bill, including heat, A/C, hot water, and all other electric was $385 per month. I thought that was pretty darn reasonable, especially since I am now in VA and have gas and it's running me $400/month PLUS another $125 in electric. Yes it's a bigger house, but still...I wouldn't say it's "cheaper".
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Unread 05-13-2010, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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I've had oil heat, electric baseboard heat, radiators, and gas heat. The most expensive was the electric baseboard heat and it also felt the coldest. I never felt warm with the electric heat. I'd suggest you call the gas and electric company and ask what the heating bills for this condo have been in the past. This will give you a very good idea of what your expenses will be. Best wishes.
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Unread 05-13-2010, 05:46 AM
 
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It will be very expensive and not feel warm. Don't take it. However, if you decide to take it, check on whether there is PLENTY of insulation in the attic, and if there is not, tell landlord that you want him to install more insulation as a condition of your moving in. Good layer of insulation above is the most important thing for reducing your energy bill.
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Unread 05-13-2010, 07:22 AM
 
Location: The brown house on the cul de sac
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Hi,
We are looking for a condo in Branford to rent. We found one that we really like, but it has an electric baseboard heating type. Is it really bad/expensive? We moved to CT form Texas last year and were really shocked by the heat prices . Our current appartment has gas heating, and we still pay $ 280 a month on average in winter. Does it become much worse with electric baseboard heating ?
Our first condo included heat and hot water in the monthly common charge. It's pretty standard even today. I would look to rent a condo where heat is included in your rent.
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Unread 05-13-2010, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Actually I think most condos do not include heat. the only ones I have seen like this are the older apartment conversions. Even most newer apartments do not include heat these days. Jay
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Unread 05-13-2010, 11:06 AM
 
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I pay around 120 dollars per month to heat with electric baseboard and its just me in the condo only heating the main room. Yeah its expensive
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Unread 05-13-2010, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Cheshire, Conn.
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Actually I think most condos do not include heat. the only ones I have seen like this are the older apartment conversions. Even most newer apartments do not include heat these days. Jay
I agree. There's not a landlord alive who would give carte blanche to tenants to turn up the heat as high as desired only to open windows when it became too hot. The only instances that I've seen is when one boiler heats two units and individual use cannot be determined.
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Unread 05-13-2010, 12:25 PM
 
Location: The brown house on the cul de sac
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I agree. There's not a landlord alive who would give carte blanche to tenants to turn up the heat as high as desired only to open windows when it became too hot. The only instances that I've seen is when one boiler heats two units and individual use cannot be determined.
Aren't you a realtor?

There ARE many condo complexes that include heat and hot water in the common charges. A quick google pulled up:

Glenbrook - Stamford
Strawberry Hill
Brighton Ct
17 Hope St

Waters Edge - Suffield
One in Fairfield on the market

If I had more time I would list more...I'll be happy to do that later...

The landlord pays the common charges and renter pays him rent.
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