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Old 04-18-2011, 01:17 PM
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We just put in an offer on a house in Winter Springs (Winding Hollow subdivision) and I would love some insight on how much utilities will be per month for the following house

Built in 1995
Single Pane Windows
2 Levels
In Ground Pool (currently no heating, but we will add solar heat)
2900 sq feet
5 bedrooms, 3 full baths
Plantation Shutters
Backs to conservation, SOME shade but not a ton.

Im hearing everything from $200-700 per month for power (really???) and then $40-100 per month for water/sewer/trash pickup

Can anyone give me some rough estimate on what they pay in the area monthly for bills? We have 2 adults and 2 small kids (1 and 4) living in the house total and we like to keep the A/C on 73 in the summer and 68 in the winter

Any insight would be great!
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:43 AM
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We rented a 3,400 sq ft 4/3 in Longwood that ran us $160 in spring/fall -$300+ in summer /winter. We usually run about 50% LESS than most families (from asking around)

With two stories, the costs might be more to equalize the upstairs from the heat in summer.

Water costs around $50-75, more if watering the plants/grass.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:04 PM
Location: Orlando
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Call Progress Energy - they can tell you specifically what the bills in that home have been. The water company can do the same.

If you have a pool it will add a little to the bill, as does size, insulation, trees in the yard and so forth. the best answer will come from the power company.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:27 PM
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Yeah I did that today and wow, $450 a month average the last 2 months and its not even that hot yet in Florida! What is the deal with making you pay a deposit no matter what sort of credit you have, too? We have stellar credit and I havent paid a deposit after my college days so them telling me I need to also plop down 2 months average to the tune of $900 is kinda crazy
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:44 AM
Location: Longwood, FL
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welcome to progress energy country.. they are terrible.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:08 AM
Location: Orlando
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Here are some ideas to better those power bills

1) change to LED lights - they last longer than cfl (which aren't designed to be turned off when you leave a room...that's why they burn out faster than the hours they project)

2) With a pool switch to the vaiable speed pump , it can drop power use by 80%(power for the pool)

3) The water heater is a big consumer, if you are in OUC territory - they offer a credit for the heat pump water heaters which will cover their cost, they consume 1/3 or less of the normal water heater. You could also go solar and eliminate the electric use.

4) The AC unit drops its SEER rating about 1 unit / year with higher efficiency units you can likely make great reductions

These are the biggest consumers of power in the home. Other things you can do -

Insulate and apply radiant barrier in the attic
solar vents on the roof
sprayed insulation
check the ducts for leaks
tint windows

Active solutions include solar panels. You can make your home a zero energy home but the first step is reducing consumption.
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