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Old 12-09-2007, 08:19 PM
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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I know the climates in Mi. and OK. are different from each other. I just want to see how far.
After living in Ca.over 30 years. this is winter and I haven't gotten mt first actual winter heating bill yet.
Can anyone tell me or give me an idea of what your "average"(if there is such thing) and "highest" heating bill was.
Is your house weatherized.
What type of heating system, (central heating, wood stove,fire place,ect)
type of fuel (coal,propane,wood,LP.natural,ect)
And how often its used.
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Old 12-10-2007, 08:54 AM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I think that our average runs about $600- $700 in the winter for gas and electric combined. Our highest was about $1000. We heat with hot water radiators powered by a natural gas very high efficiency boiler (Lochinvar Knight). Our house is not well winterized (it was built in 1836). We have excellent insulation in the roof (ICINENE foam), insulation in the walls varies (some foam, some rag wool (?), some fiberglass and some cellulose). We are still working on getting the house insulated and sealed better. In some rooms, we have to supplement our heat with electric heaters.

My parents have a newer house that is all sealed with gas charged windows, but they heat with fuel oil. Last November they paid $2000 because they had to fill the tank twice, but that was at the very beginning and the very end of the month, so it was almost like two months of fuel. However they heat roughly half of the area of living space that we use.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:38 AM
Location: exit 0
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I heat with forced hot air...gas. All my appliances and water heater are gas. Combined my electric bill AND gas bill are around $350. a month. My house is almost 2200 sq feet.

We live in the snow belt of NW MI...Kalkaska
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:41 AM
Location: Flint, MI
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I live on a second floor apartment, approx. 1000 square feet, built in the late 90's... heat and electric combined on the budget plan is $76/month. (Gas heat, gas water heater, electric everything else.) I think that estimate might be a bit low - we'll see what happens in May when they balance out the account. I keep my thermostat between 68-70 degrees.

I shudder at the thought of actually getting a house one day and paying much more than that!!
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:52 AM
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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We live in a newer home, Energy Sealed, about 2100 square feet, natural gas forced air, and our monthly budget payment (MichCon averages ours out over the year to be the same every month) is currently $96.00/month for gas. Electric varies from $30 - $80/month. We have a programmable thermostat, which keeps the heat between 67 - 70 depending on the time of day.
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:59 PM
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My average is about 800 dollars a month, a few winters ago for 2 months it was around 1300 dollars... I think my gas fireplace had something to do with it though.
I wouldnt say its a pick whole in the bucket to pay the gas and electric bill, its completely worth paying the price living in Michigan. "Just gotta stay warm, thats all."
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Old 12-10-2007, 06:42 PM
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Total yearly heating and cooling to 70 - 72 degrees is about $750. Air-source heat pump with natural gas backup, 2050 sq. ft. main floor + full basement, very well built and insulated. That's not including any lighting or hot water. Heat pump is separately metered and the furnace is the only gas appliance.

My next house will be smaller and use ground-source heat pump. I should be able to slash that in 1/2 or less.
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Old 12-10-2007, 07:13 PM
Location: Lansing
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Our heat bills have been around $150 in the winter and $15 in the summer. Maybe about $80 on average. We have a house built in the 1950s without any insulation in the walls, but with new windows and doors. It is about 950 SF.
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:11 AM
Location: Michigan
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We have 2000 sq house, very little insulation,,, we did spend almost 2500 a year on propane for heating, cooking, waterheater. Then 2 years ago we switched too Corn heat, now pay 900 on Corn for heat, and maybe 800 a year for propane, ( have to get 2 fills a year otherwise I get penalty of 75$)

Still use Propane for cooking and waterheater,,
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:29 AM
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We have a 1600 sq. foot ranch, built in '93. Finished basement but don't open the vents much. Forced air heat and hot water heater w/natural gas. Normal temp is 68/69 in winter with setback to 64/65 at night and part of day. The core "heating months" of Nov. through March we average about $175 for nat. gas and electricity. Newer refrigerator and installation of floro bulbs for at least half our lights have put a nice dent in our electric bill.
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