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Old 03-22-2011, 09:00 AM
 
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We're looking at houses in the Chandler/Gilbert area and I was wondering what your average electric bill is. We're looking at 4 bedroom houses, two floors, 2500-3000 sq feet with a pool.

Also, how much do you pay for home owners and car insurance? My husband and I both have 2005 SUVs, but just looking for a ballpark number.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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We're looking at houses in the Chandler/Gilbert area and I was wondering what your average electric bill is. We're looking at 4 bedroom houses, two floors, 2500-3000 sq feet with a pool.

Also, how much do you pay for home owners and car insurance? My husband and I both have 2005 SUVs, but just looking for a ballpark number.
For the house, it will be $500+ in the summer for the electric. I have no idea on the car insurance.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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We're looking at houses in the Chandler/Gilbert area and I was wondering what your average electric bill is. We're looking at 4 bedroom houses, two floors, 2500-3000 sq feet with a pool.

Also, how much do you pay for home owners and car insurance? My husband and I both have 2005 SUVs, but just looking for a ballpark number.
Electric 350/month peak in summer with average annual of around 250/month if you use a time of day rate. Homeowners about $700 per year. Those are my numbers and my house is about the same size (though it is single story). Cars have so many variables that it is impossible to say. Go online at Progressive and do a quote for the circumstances.

On insurance, you must shop around. The differences among companies can be eye-popping.

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Old 03-23-2011, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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Depending how new the house is could determine a lot on your electric bills. My house was built in 85' and is 2200sqft, electric in July and August anywhere from $400-$500. That is with someone home all day and a pool pump running. This year no one will be home during the day and solar screens went up so hopefully a drastic drop will take place. Buddies place is 4,000sqft and is newer with newer equipment and his summer bills highest was $350.

Insurance: I was using statefarm auto for a 03 silverado truck, rate was $1100/yr, switched to progressive and new rate is $660/yr with same coverage. I do however still have my homeowners and dirt bikes insured through statefarm. Don't fall for the bundling ins policies to get great rates. My homeowners went up $39 after i pulled my truch off so you can see it wasn't much of a savings.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:27 PM
 
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I am not sure exactly about electric bills in Chandler since I have never lived in that city but I would guess at least $350 a month upwards to $500 depending on how low you run your AC and pools are a huge energy drain. I pay $250-300 a month in the summer for a 1300 sq foot house, one story, no pool. As for car insurance, I pay $840 a year for a 2006 SUV with full coverage, low deductible. Not sure what my homeowner insurance is because it's included in my mortgage payment.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:30 PM
 
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There is a wide variety in the numbers you will hear. For our normal family, we budget $400 a month for electricity from April through October. You will find this is a pretty average number for the Phoenix area.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:37 PM
 
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I live in Chandler, have a 2,900 square foot first level, 1,500 square foot basement and a swimming pool, and I keep the AC on 76 all Summer. My electric bills never got over $400/month in the Summer of 2010, per the yearly statement SRP sent me, and only two of those months were above $350. Winter, late fall and early spring monthly bills are all under $100/month. I never spent over $100 on a month until May. I also have Southwest Gas, and the bills seem to be in the $45-$65/Month range in the Summer.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Sioux City, IA
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I'm up in N. Scottsdale in 3100sf 4 bedroom, 2 story built 1998 with pool. Gas and electric (APS). Single and out of home during days - although keep climate control steady for variety of pets at home. Sensitive to both cold and heat so keep my dial set at 70 for both floors (seperate units for each floor)

Been here a few months and I'm guessing for me, summer electric bills are going to be ALOT higher than many are touting. Past 3 months (winter low season) my electric is holding at $320 every month + $120 gas bills. So I'm bracing for $700 - $800 bills this summer based on the percentage swings between seasons I've seen other quoting.

Have USAA with 2003 Infiniti SUV, clean record, and running $675 year with very comprehensive policy.
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:41 AM
 
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$700-800 summer electric bill is average for some of the descriptions I'm seeing.. mdcecil you will want to look at some of APS's plans to see if you can change anything.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Historic Central Phoenix
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Depends on many variables such as insulation, build quality, what direction your house faces, how many windows in that direction, the quality of those windows, the temperature you like to keep your house, etc.
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