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Old 03-18-2011, 09:01 PM
 
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I've searched the forum and found some old threads so I was wanting something updated. I am about to move into the city, probably a 2 bedroom apartment/or house. I know it varies but can you guys give me an idea of what to expect. I am going to be at work most of the day so I plan on leaving the AC on auto or not use it as much.

I know it gets really hot during the summers so the electricity bill is really what is going to worrying me the most. I would also like to know how much water and cable/internet is. Any suggestions on what companies to go with would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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With water you won't have a choice and with tv your choice will be local cable monopoly, sat or netflix/hulu, with internet your choice will be local cable monopoly or local phone monopoly. Can't help you on the costs I live in a large house so numbers wouldn't be comparable.
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:49 PM
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Actually, the water bill is all depend on where you live in Houston. Some areas pay 4-5 times more for water than some other areas. ie: My brother lives in Clear Lake and his monthly water bill average $100+. Whereas, I live NW of Houston and my monthly water bill average $15. Our yards and homes are compatible sizes with same number people living.

All bills that you've mentioned really depend on which area of town you chose to live. If you're planning to live in apartments, some apartments allow only certain cable company.
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Old 03-19-2011, 03:23 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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We've had our apartment near 45/1960 (2BR/1BA and little insulation and very thinly paned glass windows that are caulked in (gotta love Houston) for about 6 months now and our electric bill for the last 6 months has been about $120/mo. (Reliant Cap and save) give or take and we keep the AC on 70 or less and keep our porch light and a lamp on because of the neighborhood..

Our complex charges a flat rate $30/mo. for water.

Cable is $30/mo. for basic digital and we run Clear Wireless for internet (2 lines for $70/mo.)

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Old 03-19-2011, 08:45 AM
 
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with tv your choice will be local cable monopoly, sat or netflix/hulu, .
Or you could just take what's free to air if you're addicted to the idiot box and save 'upto $99.99 a month'. You can then use that money towards having a life instead of wasting it watching celebritypopidolonice.
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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Actually, the water bill is all depend on where you live in Houston. Some areas pay 4-5 times more for water than some other areas. ie: My brother lives in Clear Lake and his monthly water bill average $100+. Whereas, I live NW of Houston and my monthly water bill average $15. Our yards and homes are compatible sizes with same number people living.

All bills that you've mentioned really depend on which area of town you chose to live. If you're planning to live in apartments, some apartments allow only certain cable company.

There's only one cable company in the entire city.

I live in a 550sqft apartment for the time being (everything is electric from stove to dryer) .

Electric = 70-150/month
Water = 15/month but is sub metered
Cable + Internet = 180/month but I have 2 HD-DVR's
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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Or you could just take what's free to air if you're addicted to the idiot box and save 'upto $99.99 a month'. You can then use that money towards having a life instead of wasting it watching celebritypopidolonice.

This didn't answer his question so take this junk elsewhere.
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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Most of Houston is Comcast, but Kingwood for example which is Houston city limits is Suddenlink for cable and I know some neighborhoods have other companies although they may or may not be in city limits.
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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Or you could just take what's free to air if you're addicted to the idiot box and save 'upto $99.99 a month'. You can then use that money towards having a life instead of wasting it watching celebritypopidolonice.
Some people spend their free time watching tv, some spend it complaining on internet message boards. Try not to be such a judgmental jerk. We all end up in a hole in the ground at the end of it so may as well be nice to people .
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:19 AM
 
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Thanks for all the answers! The area I am looking to move into is Montrose or the Heights. And I am not a really big TV watcher but I do love watching sports (basketball,football, soccer, etc). Do need the interwebs though. What is this AC cycling that people are talking about? Is that a way to save on the AC bill?
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