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Old 03-09-2011, 06:44 AM
 
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Hi everyone,
What's the average annual utility(heating, cooling, water, sewage, trash) bill for a 2000-Sq. Ft. home in Fort Worth?

I'm trying to compare it with other cities?

Thanks,
Lee
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:57 AM
 
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There is no good average to go by.

All electric versus electric A/C and gas heat and/or gas stove and water heater varies greatly with the prices of electric and gas. Summer electric bills will be so much higher than winter and will depend largely on factors that won't affect your gas usage. East/west exposure, quality of insulation, windows, doors, efficiency of A/C units and so on.

Factor in whether people are home all day or only a few hours in the evening, how much in the way of appliances and other electrical gadgets used as well.

Some people will tell you their average electric bill during the summer is $150, others will tell you it's over $500.

In my case, the house we rent is just over 1400 sq ft and all electric. The unit is too large for the house, hubby and I both work from home and we have two school age kids as well and the windows face east/west. Our bills here have been so much higher than the bills in the previous rent house that was 1700 sq ft but the windows faced north/south and the unit was far more efficient.
(Very odd thing though is that winter high usage is far more than summer high usage)
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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It also depends on insulation and where you buy.

We are out in the country = no water or sewer bill. Electric or propane is dependent on the companies you use. I shop my electric bill every six months to make sure I am getting the lowest killowatt price. Power to Choose

I would suggest that you shop property tax rates (if you are buying) for comparing cities.
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:01 PM
 
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I'm talking about utility bill for a new 2,000 sq. ft home within the city. Do new homes in Fort Worth typically use gas for heat and electric for A/C?
Let's assume I have optimum setting for winter(68°F) and summer(78°F) & I water my lawn once a day during summer, what would I pay for it monthly/annually?
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:02 PM
 
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There are still too many variations to give a figure you could actually use. Water in the cities that buy it from elsewhere costs more than water in the actual city of Fort Worth. Some houses are all electric and others are not, there's no way to guess about that.

Your average utility bills could be anywhere from $200/month (if you had everything dirt cheap) to $2000/month or even more in the summer.
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:58 PM
 
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What about sewage & trash? What do ya'll pay for each month?
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:46 AM
 
Location: NE Tarrant County, TX
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3800 sq ft home, two stories, 2008 build, 13 SEER HVAC units, 24" of attic insulation & radiant thermal barrier roof decking:
Peak summer electric (@ 77 degrees) = 2900 KWH, winter = 850 KWH (monthly).
The price you pay for electricity will be based on the supplier you choose, anywhere from $0.074 to $0.12 per KWH.
Gas for furnace, range, tankless hot water and outdoor grill = $155 winter (72 degrees on thermostat) and $50 summer (monthly)
Water in summer watering 1 hr everyday 1/4 acre lot (combined with sewage, garbage and recycling) = $100 per month, fall/winter w/ no watering = $70 per month.

Not sure how you can correct my numbers for a "standard" 2000 sq ft home, but there you have it.

-Eric
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:54 PM
 
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Thanks Eric.
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Old 03-11-2011, 04:25 AM
 
Location: NE Tarrant County, TX
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Thanks Eric.
You're welcome! Oh, by the way (don't know what this wasn't mentioned before), there must be about a million threads about utility costs in the Ft. Worth area. Do a forum search and I'm sure you'll get more information than you need to make an informed decision.

-Eric
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Old 02-11-2016, 02:40 PM
 
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I live in the Arlington area. 1700 sqft home, everything in home is electric and we have a swimming pool. Our Electric cost for Dec 2015 was $400 and Jan 2016 is $500. I pay .09 per kWh. Water bill was $98.00 in Jan (it included everything you mentioned). Not sure if this helps, but I would also like to know what other people pay for similiar homes in DFW.
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