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Old 03-17-2011, 07:37 PM
 
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Default Utilities in Monterey?

Hi there,
My family is relocating to Monterey in a few months, and am trying to get an idea - ballpark - of what our utilities spending will be. We are coming from an area with distinct seasons, so we're running heat in the winter and AC in the summer. We've also heard CA energy and water prices are very high, so wondering if we need to plan for more or less than we currently spend. Planning to ask potential landlord what they generally spend, but the more info the better. TIA!
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, California
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Well, you won't need air conditioning (the fog does it naturally ) and it doesn't get super hot in the summer even when there is no fog.
You'd think, somewhere on this page http://www.city-data.com/city/Monterey-California.html there would be some information about utility costs but i couldn't find what you're looking for.
Maybe you'll have better luck.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:15 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Water rates are pretty expensive. My one bedroom apartment ran about $40 a month (and I was the only person living there!). PG&E rates don't seem any higher than than any other part of their region (and the weather so mild you don't need much heat in the winter). Almost no homes or apartments have air conditioning - its so rarely hot its not needed so that won't be an issue in the summer.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Overall I think it is reasonable, especially if you are used to four distinct seasons. The ocean moderates temperatures year round. I agree with Jeffredo for the most part, except our water is much lower. For a family of 5 in a pretty large house it is only ~ $45/mo. The biggest expense will be heat in the Winter depending on where you live. Our gas actually went down moving to a larger house because it is far better insulated. Monterey City put in triple paned windows nearer the airport which makes a huge difference in conserving heat and keeping out the cold. Plus it really cuts down on noise from the planes, though its not a large airport anyway.

The main thing to look for is the type of home or apartment. The older places with single paned windows and poor insulation could end up costing twice as much in terms of heating. Of course it also depends on how much you normally heat your home. In the place we are in now we also have an thermostat with a timer which can regulate things better.

Derek

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Old 03-18-2011, 02:48 AM
 
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me too,i think it is reasonable.
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:30 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I agree with Jeffredo for the most part, except our water is much lower. For a family of 5 in a pretty large house it is only ~ $45/mo.
I'm not sure what the deal was - I lived in that new apartment building on Wave St and Hoffman and my Cal Am bill was quite a shock. Lived there for 3 1/2 years and it was between $30 and $40 each month (and it was the only apartment building I ever lived in that made the tenants pay for water). Had a coworker that lived near Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove and she griped that her "lawn-less" house ran about $65 a month on average for water.
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:56 AM
 
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Water is actually somewhat scarce in the Monterey area and has been for years.
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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It was more of a discussion about the similarity in water bills between MtSurfer's much larger household vs. my small apartment. Yeah, water is scarce in the Monterey Peninsula thanks to poor planning, NIBY attitudes and Cal Am's drive for profit instead of serving the public good.
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:27 PM
 
Location: 'Shangri-La 'mountains west of Wolf Creek, Oregon
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We have 10 acres in Prunedale(affectionately called Prunetucky) with a good well. One of my brother's still lives thar.
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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We have 10 acres in Prunedale(affectionately called Prunetucky) with a good well. One of my brother's still lives thar.


Haha, Gotta love Prunetucky Hawk J. We've got friends livin' out in them thar parts as well. And if you have your own well then that's even better.

Derek
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