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Old 10-03-2007, 12:56 PM
 
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Hello,

We are seeking input on how much the average home utility bill may be for upstate NY cities and towns. I realize that there are many circumstances that would reflect on one's utility usage and costs, but we would appreciate any ball-park figures that any of you could share with us for what you and others pay on average. Thanks!
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:18 PM
 
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Hello,

We are seeking input on how much the average home utility bill may be for upstate NY cities and towns. I realize that there are many circumstances that would reflect on one's utility usage and costs, but we would appreciate any ball-park figures that any of you could share with us for what you and others pay on average. Thanks!
utilities are some of the highest in the country in WNY..
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Old 10-04-2007, 06:44 AM
 
Location: long island, ny
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Perhaps you should ask what is the rate per kilowatt and amount and type of taxes that appear on the bill each month? This might provide a better means of comparison for you.
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Old 10-04-2007, 08:06 AM
 
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of course there are a lot of variables, depending on your usage - for instance during the coldest winters, my dads heating bill was over $600 one month, keep in mind he was elderly and needed to keep his heat up due to medical conditions, mine for that month was probably $360, and my home was twice the size of his.
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:03 AM
 
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Perhaps you should ask what is the rate per kilowatt and amount and type of taxes that appear on the bill each month? This might provide a better means of comparison for you.
From what I have found, NY as a state pays an average of $17.63 cents per Kw for electricity and the average NY home uses approx. 6,700 Kw a year in electricity and the heating season natural gas bill from November thru April was approx. $1,074 for that six month period.

This would make the avergae gas bill = $179 per month and the average electric bill = $99 per month.

Do you feel that the above figures are a good approximation of what one would expect to pay in general?
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:49 AM
 
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I don't pay anywhere near that amount per month. Where I am they combine the bill. From about April to December I'll pay around $100 per month total. December to March I'll pay around $250, sometimes $300 if its really cold. I live in a cape cod style home which is smaller than others though.
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Old 10-04-2007, 03:02 PM
 
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I live in a 1,200 foot ranch built in the 1950s with terrible insulation. We keep the heat (National Fuel) at 70 all winter and the a/c (NYSEG) at 68 all summer. My water is $120/year -- you pay quarterly (Erie County watrer authority). My balanced billing is about $100/mo for elec and $120 for gas. If you balance, they will rebalance every 3 months. I have an electric dryer which soaks up lots of use and a gas stove.

Every town is different. NYSEG and National Grid are the 2 electric companies; National Fuel is gas. The city of Buffalo and some towns have their own water plants and do not buy from the county. In some towns, water goes on the yearly tax bill.

Given my parents paid $600/year for oil heat in the 1960s on LI, I really do not think the cost is high!
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Old 10-04-2007, 06:56 PM
 
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I have a 1600sf, well-insulted 1959 colonial. On a budget plan, paying the same amount every month for the whole year (amount figured based on past usage patterns), I'm now paying $205/month for heat and electric.
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Old 10-07-2007, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, the Iron City!!!
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Great thread!! - - Does anyone have info on Winter / Summer utility price averages in the ROCHESTER area?

Also, is heating oil still a big part of the local housing there, or is it mostly electric / natural gas heat?
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Old 10-08-2007, 11:19 AM
 
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Great thread!! - - Does anyone have info on Winter / Summer utility price averages in the ROCHESTER area?

Also, is heating oil still a big part of the local housing there, or is it mostly electric / natural gas heat?
Some of the highest in the nation. If you heat with oil, you'll get pounded by the taxes. Everything from your phone, both cell and land line, your natural gas, electric, water etc have confiscatory tax rates and numerous FEES. You'll be shocked when you get your first bill. It's really a shame but someone has to pay for all this government as government is NY's largest employer. Did you know that NY State pensions are EXEMPT from paying NY taxes? all other pensions in NY must pay taxes except the government employees. Most of them retire and move away anyway.

$90,000 house , 1300 sq ft., $4200 in school/property/village taxes.
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