U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Pennsylvania > Lehigh Valley
Lehigh Valley Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
Old 01-28-2010, 12:48 PM
62 posts, read 117,052 times
Reputation: 12


hi all just curious what PA has monthly. Here in NY we have oil I see most houses with gas. Here we pay water every 3 months. Can you give me an est. about what this runs so I can budget. Gas, electric, water (monthly)

Thank You
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 01-28-2010, 01:29 PM
12,336 posts, read 26,193,481 times
Reputation: 6799
I'm not sure there is a norm for the whole area. They just lifted the cap's on what the local electric company (PPL) can charge so everyone is in the midst of choosing a new provider. I can tell you what I paid last month but I'm quite curious what it will be this month - supposedly 30% higher. We have a heat pump (i.e. electric heat) and so do most of the people in my neighborhood but a lot of people have gas too. We have a well and sewer (township) but our trash is private paid. You might want to ask a Realtor for the area you are considering.
Please follow THESE rules.

Any Questions on how to use this site? See this.

Realtors, See This.

Moderator - Lehigh Valley, NEPA, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Education and Colleges and Universities.

When I post in bold red, that is Moderator action and per the TOS can be discussed only via Direct Message.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-28-2010, 03:41 PM
Location: South Carolina
244 posts, read 743,776 times
Reputation: 251
I think it's going to depend on the type of house you live in (older vs newer & how well it's insulated), the square footage you're going to heat or cool and the amount of people living in the home. We personally rent a much older home (built in early the 1900's) it's about 1,700 sq feet, two-story, 3 adults occupy our home. The electric bill ran about $155 for Dec. and we have oil heat (which it sounds like you're familiar with that & how much oil costs are). We have a private well & septic. And we pay for a private company to pick up our trash. I would guess that the older homes tend to have heating that requires oil or gas and the newer built homes rely on a heat pump (electric). Hope that helps a bit!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-28-2010, 03:53 PM
1,088 posts, read 2,189,030 times
Reputation: 767
For a small detached house:
Natural gas for house and water heating: average $100/mo.
Electric: $40-$45/mo in winter/spring/fall, $80-$100 during summer with central a/c running. This is before the recent 30% rate hike on electric.
Water: $40 every 3 months.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-28-2010, 05:04 PM
62 posts, read 117,052 times
Reputation: 12
thank you for that info. how much does garbage pick up usualy cost?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-29-2010, 03:52 AM
169 posts, read 568,091 times
Reputation: 46
My electric bill runs 80-150 this is before the 30% increase. We have oil if we used it for heat and hot water we would use around 800 gallons a year but we now have a pellet stove and only use around 300 gallons for hotwater. We use 3 tons of pellets for heat the whole winter. Garbarge cost $27 a month. Water & Sewer $150 every 3 months. I really think it depends on the age of your home, the size of it and how many people are home all day. There are 4 of us here.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-03-2010, 09:22 AM
152 posts, read 264,913 times
Reputation: 48
As a former long islander i can assure you that your electric bills will never be so high again. Yes they just went up, but still not like LIPA. You will save all around, food, car insurance, etc.... it's a welcome change (i have electric heat pump, and with the coldest month we just had it was 450, that's with sewer water and trash, i paid like 300 a month for oil alone on long island , then like 250 for electric, and my taxes !!)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-04-2010, 05:23 AM
Location: Lehigh Valley
1,030 posts, read 3,730,174 times
Reputation: 416
The cost of living here in PA is lower than Long island - hands down! Everything will be less - it's a lovely thing.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2010, 03:53 PM
524 posts, read 847,786 times
Reputation: 391
Hi folks, I'm trying to narrow this down too as we are seriously considering moving to Bethlehem from NC this summer. We live in Asheville in a 5BR 2000 sq ft mountainside house, but I built most of it myself. Outside the city, the property tax is under 600 a year, electric 80 summer 180 winter with elec heat & some woodstove use, have our own water supply (spring fed), no trash (we recycle plastics/metal & burn the paper).'
I'm hoping to sell & clear around 210K-220K, and get a place there in the 160-190 range to help us make it the first year with limited job opportunites, etc., on perhaps 30K left over.
It would need to be at least 1000-1200 sq ft w/3 beds & a basement.
I see a bit of conflicting info as far as the water bill, 50 qtr vs 150/quarter, we are just 2 people, husband & wife.
I assume just a guess the following:
Prop tax 3000
Electric 100/mo (if gas heat), + 100 for gas if gas HW + heat
Car ins 2 cars ~500 6 months (we are both around 50)
Cable TV + cable internet <100/mo, 2 cell phones <100 mo
Home phone option or perhaps through the cable company <50
Is garbage included in Bethlehem with the prop tax, or does everyone pay approx $27?
I used to live up near Binghamton years ago, no stranger to the climate,
wife is from Richmond. We may end up with normal "payroll" jobs, but
for the past 15-20 years we have done inventories for convenience stores, as our own business, where we solicit one customer/store at a time or a small (non big company chain). The big ones usually use a big company, but we have our own advanced software I wrote and could be a contender, at least for enough stores to make ends meet (maybe 20-30).
We found stores owned by Indian gentlemen do not generally require our services. So that's another question - are there a good deal of American-owned convenience stores with a chain size of 1-10 up there?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2010, 05:29 PM
169 posts, read 568,091 times
Reputation: 46
I think it will depend if you are home all day.

But we have 4 people and our water bill is around 150/quarter
we have 3 bedrooms and a basement and my property taxes are around 3600/year
electric rates just went up 30% in January my bill is now around 150 but I have an electric dryer and use the dishwasher 1-2 times a day.
We have RCN cable/phone/internet and we pay around 130 a month including tax
you will need to pick a garbage company. We pay $54 every 2 months
We have oil for hotwater and use around 300 gallons a year
we heat our home with a pellet stove
I am not sure what our car insurance runs

Lots of luck to you!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Pennsylvania > Lehigh Valley
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2017, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 - Top