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Old 09-17-2012, 10:09 AM
 
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Im trying to talk my husband into moving to the Bath/Brunswick area. I am originally from there and really would like to move back. How much are average utilities there? Right now we pay $300/mo for electric during the summer and $50 in the winter. Then $30 in the summer and $150 in the winter for gas. Our AC is electric and heater is gas. We currently have a 3bdr home with a very open floor plan, which is horrible to heat and keep cool. Also how are property taxes? We currently live in Johnson County, KS which has really high taxes. Well everything is really expensive here. Thank you!

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Old 09-17-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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I would ask my family that is still up there, but if I even hint at us moving back it will open the floodgates. I need my husband to be on board before I let them know!
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Old 09-23-2012, 02:08 AM
 
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Two really important questions are do you have a job lined up and will you make enough money to pay your bills.(?) I'm guessing you are talking costs per month. There are threads already on CD about utilities, electric--how to heat your home in the winter in Maine, etc. so you might want to do a search. Along the coast, you won't need AC in the summer, so I seriously doubt your electric will be $300, but it will be a lot more than $50 in the winter--could be $125-150 per month--depends on your electric use habits to some extent. In the summer, open the windows and maybe turn on some fans. Heating a house in Maine with fuel oil from October-April can be a big chunk of your budget (it's about the same price as gasoline); you can get on the "budget plan" to spread it out over 12 months....could be $3,000 or more...or you could rent an apartment that has heat included. The amount and/or kind of insulation in a house makes a difference too. Water may be heated by the furnace. There's been discussion on CD about propane vs. natural gas vs. fuel oil vs. wood stove vs. pellet stove. Some people don't heat all the rooms in their houses and/or set the thermostat to a lower temp to save $. You might want to do a search on CD regarding property taxes. They vary from town/city to town/city. The consensus by Mainers is that they are high; to some from away they're a bargain--depends on your perspective and experience. I think most people have given up on electric baseboard heat; some friends of mine had it years ago and after one winter of electric bills through the roof, they installed a wood stove in their basement and another one in their living room. Some insurance companies have rules and regulations about wood stoves in homes so you'd need to check on that if you're thinking wood stove.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:37 AM
 
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Here in Sagadahoc County our Central Maine Power bill has varied from a high of $122 in January to $65 in July. Water/sewer in Bath runs about $170-$200 every three months. Heating costs, as already discussed above, depend on what you use, how well insulated your home is, what your preferences are. Cable television, which in our case also includes broadband and telephone (unlimited calling anywhere in US and Canada) has been running about $162 a month.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:48 AM
 
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Here in Sagadahoc County our Central Maine Power bill has varied from a high of $122 in January to $65 in July. Water/sewer in Bath runs about $170-$200 every three months. Heating costs, as already discussed above, depend on what you use, how well insulated your home is, what your preferences are. Cable television, which in our case also includes broadband and telephone (unlimited calling anywhere in US and Canada) has been running about $162 a month.
I use to have the time-warner ankle-grabber combo also....

I dropped the land phone-since we have cell phones, and dropped to the very basic of cable- split the bill more than half- then picked up netflix for 8.00 a month

I came close to dropping it altogether, my neighbor isnt home much and I can hijack his wireless-
gas/oil keeps going up....this may be my next step..
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:51 AM
 
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I use to have the time-warner ankle-grabber combo also....

I dropped the land phone-since we have cell phones, and dropped to the very basic of cable- split the bill more than half- then picked up netflix for 8.00 a month

I came close to dropping it altogether, my neighbor isnt home much and I can hijack his wireless-
gas/oil keeps going up....this may be my next step..
In Bath it's Comcast.
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:12 PM
 
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If you have a place to live with a well and septic, you won't have to pay a water/sewer bill...just thought it's worth mentioning...
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:02 PM
 
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Thanks! My husband is medically retired from the military and is a full time student while I stay at home. We are very fortunate to have insurance and a steady pay check every month. I also have a background working with adults with devolpmental disabilities and know there are quite a few agencies around there. From the looks of it we would be paying about the same maybe a little less for our bills.
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