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Old 10-22-2016, 01:11 PM
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In cities such as Billings, Missoula, etc.

And other bills, such as water, internet, etc.
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:00 AM
 
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It's all relative.
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Indiana (USA)
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Nothing is cheap anymore!
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:56 AM
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If you live in a city, do you get one bill for more than one utility? Or a different bill for each? How much is a typical electric, gas, or water bill, for a particular size of house or apartment? In other words, look at your bill, and give a rough estimate of your square feet, the bill amount, and what utilities are included on that bill.

Does your bill skyrocket in winter? Because you use a lot more natural gas for heating in winter than cooking in summer? So it might go from $50 to $400, or some such skyrocket? But do you use electric A/C? So electricity might go up in summer and gas in winter?

I get the vague impression utilities are cheaper in MT than most other states. But it's not clear how big a factor that is.
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Old 10-24-2016, 02:47 PM
 
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My electric company is Flathead Electric Coop, and gas is Northwestern. Compared to other places I've lived, it's way cheaper per kwh but somewhat more expensive in absolute terms, since more energy is required to heat homes here given the climate.

Water/Sewer bill seems to be average compared to other states. Same with internet/cable. During Aug/Sept I have to run the lawn sprinklers which jacks up my water bill by an additional $150/mo or so.

YMMV.
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Old 10-25-2016, 05:18 PM
 
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It really depends on the house, how much solar heating you get in the winter through your windows, and how well insulated your home is in both winter and summer. Different houses in the same town, will have different utility costs, depending on does the home get lots of sun in the windows in winter time, and due to sun moving not getting the sun in the windows in the summer, is one example. We have a 3,700 sq. ft. contemporary style with a 25 foot window wall, oriented to get the sun in the window in the winter. We have heavy insulation, and Our utility bills are far less than some homes, that are small and not built to take advantage of the season changes. Our windows are double panned and the best double glaze insulated. We have insulated blinds, so we can hold in the heat in the winter time. We have a great septic system, so we have no sewer bills.

We sit on 5 acres, and the closest home is about 300 ft. away, so we are not blocked from the sun like in town homes, but our property is only separated from the best area in town by one county road. We have some very large trees, that shade us in the summer. We have our own well, so water bills are only what it costs to pump water which is only 35 feet below the home where there is a big aquifer and the well goes down 60 feet, so we never have a problem getting water year around. So overall our utility bills are extremely cheap.

In 10 years, there has been only 2 power outages. One time they had notified us it would be off for about 30 minutes, to change out a transformer. The other time it was a broken underground line which shut down the whole area for about 2 hours. They were on it immediately found that that the break was where it passed through our property via an underground easement, and they brought out a back hoe to dig down, and repaired it and put the system back on line.

Our utility bills are very low, and some uninstalled older home, with single pane windows, and surrounded by other homes blocking he winter sun, the bills will be much, much higher. If you want low utility bills, be careful when you evaluate homes, and buy or rent one that it is very energy efficient no matter where you live.
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Old 10-26-2016, 12:49 AM
 
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Each area is served by different utility company. Look at their website for service area & rates.
Ours is an electric cooperative. Their rates
MONTHLY SERVICE CHARGE $34.00 per month, plus,
ENERGY CHARGES 1st 1500 KWH/month @ $.1112

Over 1500 KWH/month @ $.1035

Everyone has a different situation. Since we have a ranch our bill is 650-1000 month. If we did not principally heat the house with wood, it would be considerably higher during winter months.
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