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Old 04-03-2006, 08:56 AM
 
Location: McKinney, TX
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For those that live around the McKinney area, what are your average monthly bills on gas, electric, water, sewer, and garbage? I'm moving out to McKinney in a few months and I'm trying to guesstimate the monthly costs for my budget. Please include winter and summer costs as well. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-07-2006, 12:46 AM
 
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Default Utilities in McKinney

Water rates are very high in McKinney. I have lived here for 7 years and our average water bill is about $100 per month with 6 people living here and large backyard. It seems high to me. The electric, cable and phone rates are pretty high too. I used to live in Carrollton where basic phone service cost me $35 a month now it's $65 per month here. I finally got rid of my land line and just use my cell phone. Cable is high too. I would recommend satellite to save you just a little. Other than that it's a great place to live. But is quickly becoming very popular and crowded.
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Old 07-07-2006, 05:55 PM
 
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The spring was great for our electric but we took a big bite this month with our electric being 600 dollars. I about passed out. We are now happily adjusted to 80 in the house and turn down the ac to sleep cooler at night. Please take into mind that our home has nearly 4700 square feet.
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Old 04-09-2007, 09:38 PM
 
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Biggest bills are air conditioning and heating(gas). Most depends upon the size of your house, and how well designed/insulated it is.

Many folks with 3500sq and up are seeing a/c bills of $500-700 month in the summer, some higher for even bigger houses. Heating bills can run several hundred dollars. Water will run $100 plus in the six months you water the lawn.

Internet (BB), Cable TV, Phone serive will be about $120-140, unless you add on movie channels.

Big houses (3500 sq feet and up) have big bills. 4500 sq ft houses have even bigger bills.

Think energy conservation, and buying the 'right amount' of house. Utility bills likely to keep climbing at 20% annual rates.
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:19 PM
 
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"Utility bills likely to keep climbing at 20% annual rates."

Per year ? That would chase people out of the state. Why would this be allowed ?
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Old 04-10-2007, 02:38 PM
 
Location: North Dallas
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Gulp on the pricing! I may invest in candles before the move this summer.
telegraph did you make up that 20% increase every year? Is this something that you have personally experienced since living in Mckinney? I have lived in my home for 9 years in South Carolina and could not even tell you if I have had a rate increase in any of my utilites....oh wait...cable went up abut $10 since I have lived here. A bad month for us is $275 (1900sq.ft) which happens usually in January and August.
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Old 04-10-2007, 06:30 PM
 
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Written before the foreclosures, subprime lenders and plethora of product on the market:

http://www.businessweek.com/@@Sot3XoYQzsbuPhIA/magazine/content/05_42/b3955060.htm (broken link)
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Old 04-10-2007, 06:53 PM
 
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Not sure I'd call Mckinney Exurbia. It's 30 miles away from Dallas.

In Socal, that's called a commute.

In Socal and parts of NorCal, people drive 50-70 miles each way. Out east, there are also extreme commutes in most major cities.

And in a true Exurbia, people live in areas with almost 0 organic employment growth outside of retail.

Here in North Texas, what's impressive is how agressive cities like Plano, Frisco and Mckinney are at attracting new employment, much the way Richardson did when it was the new up and coming burb in North Dallas.

I just don't see all these big Blue Chip and High Tech companies packing up and moving south into Dallas. Wont happen. At the end of the day, for most of us in these lines of work, Plano and Richardson are our downtown.

Again, I know you love the city and hate the burbs, and your entitled to that opinion. But I for one think Dallas has done an excellent job of spreading things out here...

With that said, I'm a huge proponent of NOT buying more house than you need.

When I came out here, my goal was 2500 sq/ft (large by CA standards). The probelem is that I really didn't love any of the areas that had these smaller homes. I also think that 3k sq/ft is a bit better for resale. So I stuck around that number. No massive movie rooms or gamerooms, but lots of bedrooms and a good size kitchen and master.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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We just moved here from Oregon. In a 3200 square foot home, we're paying $400 for electricity (we have AC and ceiling fans going all the time because it's still so hot at night, but don't set them below 79 degrees). Our monthly payment to the city for water/sewer/sanitation is $165 ($100 for water, $0 for sewage, and $15 for sanitation). Yes, utility bils are VERY high here!
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:19 AM
 
Location: McKinney
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The numbers given from a thread that is 5-6 years old aren't relevant anymore. My electric bill stayed under $200 a month this summer, highest was $197, for a 3600+ sqft home. Gas is about $10-20. Water/Sanitation was $80 this month... I have no idea how you managed to rack up $165. Then again, we are a family of two, so...
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