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Old 05-25-2009, 10:39 PM
 
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Hello there, My husband and I are to be stationed at Ft. Bliss and are currently looking at off base housing. I was trying to get a round about idea of what the cost of our utilities will be. The houses we are looking at are around 1,000sq ft.

Summer and Winter utilities would be much appreciated.
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:12 AM
 
Location: El Paso
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My house is about 2,000 sq feet. 1 adult, 3 kids. My summer gas bill is about $15.00/month. Water is about $50.00/month. Electric is about $30.00 a month. I try not to use alot of the A/C.

My gas bill in the Winter sucked but my heater wasn't working properly. My parents bill is normally around $80/month with the heater set at 70. Mine was $138 with the heater set at 55. But again....my heater wasn't working right. My winter water bill is About $40/month and the electric is pretty much the same as my summer bill.

Hope this helped some.
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Old 05-26-2009, 02:25 PM
 
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My house is about 2,000 sq feet. 1 adult, 3 kids. My summer gas bill is about $15.00/month. Water is about $50.00/month. Electric is about $30.00 a month. I try not to use alot of the A/C.

My gas bill in the Winter sucked but my heater wasn't working properly. My parents bill is normally around $80/month with the heater set at 70. Mine was $138 with the heater set at 55. But again....my heater wasn't working right. My winter water bill is About $40/month and the electric is pretty much the same as my summer bill.

Hope this helped some.
I think that is a very low estimate for electicity. You'd have to be very diligent about not wasting energy to have a $30 bill. Most people would be uncomfortable in both the winter and summer if they used the heater and air conditioner so sparingly. I'd say $50 to $100 is reasonable for electricity (possibly more if you're not used to the heat and you keep your place very cool).
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Old 05-26-2009, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Glory Road - El Paso, Texas (R.O)
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The type of A/C and heater and the construction of your home play a huge part in the montly bills. In the winter, expect a $40 to $80 gas bill and in the summer expect a $40 to $100 electric bill. A house with a modern refridgerated air unit is not going to pay the same in electricity as someone with a swamp cooler - even if their houses are identical.
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Old 05-26-2009, 02:38 PM
 
Location: El Paso
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Hmm....I keep one light on all night and have two tv's going for a least 4 hours a night m-f, the weekends alot more and my electric is very low. Always has been. However, I have not had to use the A/C in my new house yet. I do try to keep my bills as low as possible though.
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Old 05-26-2009, 05:11 PM
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Location: El Paso TX
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My home is approx. 1700 sf - and I don't like to be cold or hot - LOL

Summer utilitles are approx. water $50-75 per month, electric (evap cooling) $80-100 and gas $20

Winter - water $45, electric $60 and gas $50-75

My kitchen range, hot water heater, clothes dryer and furnace are gas. Just two adults, no kids - we have xeri-scaping in front but lots of trees, plants and grass in the back.
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Iowa
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My husband watered our lawn frequently, so if I remember that was about 70 or so.
We had a package with our cable company for internet, phone, and cable for about 100. Electric bill was about 100-120. But, my husband liked it ice cold in our house. Our house was about 1900 square feet.
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:30 PM
 
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Wow, I'd say all your electric bills are on the low end. Mine last month was 120.00 for a 1650sqft home with a/c set to 76-78. All the others are pretty cheap.
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:06 PM
 
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Wow, I'd say all your electric bills are on the low end. Mine last month was 120.00 for a 1650sqft home with a/c set to 76-78. All the others are pretty cheap.
I think it's the a/c that makes the difference. It's cheaper to have a couple fans going when it gets hot enough which is usually June and July - but this year it's been pretty cool so far.

If you don't run an a/c, $50 to $80 for a house about 2000 sqft would be about right. You only need heat for about 2 months.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:19 PM
 
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I know but I thought it would be cheaper. It's not like I run my a/c at 70. But eh, should be cheaper than what I was paying in Houston.
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