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Old 08-20-2008, 02:25 AM
 
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Default How much do utilities run/month in philly ?

How much do utilities run/month in philly for a 3 bedroom house?
water+gas+heat+electricity ? Both in summer and in winter.
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Old 08-20-2008, 09:19 AM
 
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this depends probably on how efficient your heating and air is, as well as whether you have storm windows. I have a 2 bedroom twin in Philadelphia, and in the winter this past year, gas was approx 250/month. My electric was about 100 or less. Now, since I have the C/A on, the electric is about 175-200/month and the gas is about 50. Water is only about 25/month. I would assume that in a 3 bedroom house it would be the same, especially if it's a row. We also have a crawl space which is slightly open to outside which probably decreases our efficiency. I find IN GENERAL that electric appliances and utlities are less. There's also the budget billing options you have, so you can pay the same amount every month but be careful-they will NOT credit you if you use less than what the budget is, but they WILL charge you if you use more than they think you need to!
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Old 08-21-2008, 07:26 PM
 
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this depends probably on how efficient your heating and air is, as well as whether you have storm windows. I have a 2 bedroom twin in Philadelphia, and in the winter this past year, gas was approx 250/month. My electric was about 100 or less. Now, since I have the C/A on, the electric is about 175-200/month and the gas is about 50. Water is only about 25/month. I would assume that in a 3 bedroom house it would be the same, especially if it's a row. We also have a crawl space which is slightly open to outside which probably decreases our efficiency. I find IN GENERAL that electric appliances and utlities are less. There's also the budget billing options you have, so you can pay the same amount every month but be careful-they will NOT credit you if you use less than what the budget is, but they WILL charge you if you use more than they think you need to!
Thanks.

Where do I find about this budget billing option ? And which compnay provides gas & electricity ?
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Old 08-22-2008, 05:25 PM
 
Location: South Philly
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Thanks.

Where do I find about this budget billing option ? And which compnay provides gas & electricity ?
You can find all of this info online. Just google the appropriate utility and put "Philadelphia" in front of it.
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Old 08-24-2008, 10:00 AM
 
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Well this would really depend on the square footage of the home. There are 3brs that are 1100 square feet and then we have 3brs that are 3000 square feet. I can tell you that my house is a 4br at 2700 square feet at in the summer per month can be between $325-625. In the winter depending on how cold it gets it can get up near $900 a month.
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Old 08-24-2008, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Yardley PA
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I currently rent out a 3 bedroom house in NE phila - there are window air conditioners and gas heat. On average in the summer the electric bill tends to be $100 per month. The water/sewer is around $15 a month. and in the winter - the gas bill tends to run $250 a month.
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:27 AM
 
Location: West Mount Airy
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check out the square footage and as the previous tentants/owners what they paid. Also, the budget billing is an option on your bill. In philadelphia you get separate bills for gas,electric and water. Gas is PGW, electric is PECO. check out phila.gov and it will have more info.
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Old 08-26-2008, 04:12 PM
 
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If what I've read is right, budget billing wont save me any money over the year, its only to make payments more uniform over the year ?
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:37 PM
 
Location: South Philly
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My brother has a 4 bedroom row that's about 1600 sq. ft. and has far better windows and insulation than my house. From what he's told me they really only use the heat in January and February - they have forced hot air (which is gas) and they pay about $200 a month for those two months. The rest of the year they pay closer to $70/month and that's for their hot water and cooking. My house is 2000 s/f , we have radiators (hot water) and we use the heat for 4 months out of the year (until we replace our 19 drafty windows) and average about $300 a month for those 4 months. The rest of the year we pay about $70/month.

My brother has central air and they use it from mid-June til about now. So for two months and they pay about $200 a month. The rest of the year they pay about $60.
I just have two window units - one in my bedroom and one in my office - and our electric bill topped at $150. For the other 10 months of the year I also pay between $50 and $70.

I think the off season bills are going to be between $50 and $90 for two people regardless of how big your house is. The winter heating and summer cooling is where you'll see the big differences.
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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Honestly, the best way to find out how much you are going to end up paying for a particular house is to ask the former tenant or the owner and ask them to get current utility bills for you. Every single house is different.
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