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Old 11-03-2008, 01:58 PM
 
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My husband and I are looking to buy a house in central NJ. We're first time buyers and are still trying to come up with estimation for our overall expenses to see what we can afford. Would anyone be able to tell us approximately how much we should be expecting to pay on average for oil, natural gas, propane, electricity, and water and sewage? We’re hoping to buy a house that is around 2500 square feet.
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:10 PM
 
Location: NJ
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my gas and electric is average around 340/mo. water/sewer is going to really depend on where you live - mine is about $30/mo, but my old house I was paying over $120/mo.
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:21 PM
 
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my gas and electric is average around 340/mo. water/sewer is going to really depend on where you live - mine is about $30/mo, but my old house I was paying over $120/mo.
How big is your house? Cause that sounds like a lot especially since you figure 2-3 months a year you can turn off heat/ac.
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Splitting time between Dayton, NJ and Needmore, PA
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Here in South Brunswick, I'm looking at about $300-400 a month on natural gas (cooking and heating) and electricity and about $75 a month on water.

As tahiti said, it is going to depend upon what town.
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Central NJ
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I pay about:

Electricity-89.00

Water/Sewer- 140 (just went up from 124.00) every 3 months.

Oil- 150 gallons every 1-2 in the cold months only (Nov.-April) Really depends on the weather-unpredictable.

Propane- stove only- 40 every time they come out.

I have a 900-1000 sq. ft. house near the water. Also, very old home- not very energy efficient.
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: NJ
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How big is your house? Cause that sounds like a lot especially since you figure 2-3 months a year you can turn off heat/ac.
i'm guessing about 2700-2800sq ft (not including basement, but that really doesn't factor much into heating/cooling).

in winter, electric is low, in summer, gas is low. electric rates have SKYROCKETED the past few years, much more than natural gas. i'd say may and september are the months when both bills are relatively low.
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Rahway
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We just moved to a 2-story, 3BR/ 2BA house in June. We keep it very cool year-round, meaning high electric in the summer but (hopefully) not much of a spike for the gas in the winter. Gas has been about $30/ month so far. Electric was almost $200 during the summer months but went down to $85 this for October. Water is $75 quarterly.
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Old 11-04-2008, 02:12 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the above information. I really appreciate it! We just started our house search and are looking for houses in South Brunswick, North Brunswick, Monroe and Franklin Township. Ideally, we would like to be in South Brunswick but are having a tough time finding anything we like on all counts. Does anyone happen to know if they're planning on building any mid sized homes in South Brunswick? Also, we recently found a home in Franklin (in Princeton Highlands) that we liked but I'm very skeptical about moving to Franklin because of the mixed reviews about their school district. We don't have any kids yet but plan on being in this house for a long time. Is anyone from around that area or has anyone heard of any sites with some concrete data on their school system?
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Old 11-04-2008, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Some got six month some got one solid. But me and my buddies all got lifetime here
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We keep it very cool year-round, meaning high electric in the summer

Lucky you. My sister told me in an email that they keep their house at 82 degrees in the summer. You couldn't walk from one room to the next without at least threatening to break a sweat, yet for some reason they still manage to run abnormally high electricity bills, or so they claim.
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Rahway
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Brian, I could never handle that! In the winter, I am all for keeping the heat fairly low & putting on a sweater, but in the summer I would die without the a/c...
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