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Old 03-23-2011, 09:05 PM
 
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Default Utility bill prices?

Anyone here have a 1BR/1BA small apartment, and mind sharing their utility costs? I know that apartments usually provide some of these in the rent price.

Water/Sewer
Cable
Internet
Gas
Landline Phone
Electric
Trash

 
Old 03-24-2011, 04:51 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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We have a Cox Cable bundle package, $110 per month for one year includes cable, internet and land line. Our apartment does not have gas, only electric. We are moving in tomorrow so I don't gave any other information.
 
Old 03-24-2011, 08:27 AM
 
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I have a friend who pays $230 a month for only electricity for a small 1 bedroom apartartment for each month (average) from April to November. Obviously during June - September it's even higher.
 
Old 03-24-2011, 08:32 AM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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I have a friend who pays $230 a month for only electricity for a small 1 bedroom apartartment for each month (average) from April to November. Obviously during June - September it's even higher.
If that's the case, your friend has leaking doors or windows, no insulation, no sun protection for west windows, and/or keeps the thermostat at a very low setting.

This is why threads like this are not too helpful.... there's too much variation, even between one bedroom apartments, in what a bill might be.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:28 AM
 
Location: Two years in Raleigh, NC
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Anyone here have a 1BR/1BA small apartment, and mind sharing their utility costs? I know that apartments usually provide some of these in the rent price.

Water/Sewer
Cable
Internet
Gas
Landline Phone
Electric
Trash
don't let PheenixJobless numbers scare you away. His friend is either exaggerating, irresponsible with his utility usage, has a faulty meter,or lives in an apt that has leakage that would blow his hair out of place if there is a stiff breeze outside.

Trash, water and sewer will be included in your rent in virtually every apartment complex. (note: if you rent a condo or a home directly from the owner, this may change.)

the cox bundle that a prior poster mentioned is accurate. However, many people are dropping their landline in favor of their cellphone, which would save you about $20/month on that bundle. (verizon has outstanding coverage in this area, so no landline is very viable.)

not too many apts have gas - far more are all electric. Being conservative with the a/c makes a tremendous difference. Get north/south exposure. Keep the blinds closed during the day in the summer, open during the winter. Wash your clothes in cold water and run the dishwasher only when it's full (some people don't run the dry cycle and allow the dishes to dry themselves.) don't get a plasma TV!!!! Turn down the air and heat when you leave the apt - don't turn it off as cooling it down that much will cost you even more. Get ceiling fans and use them when you are in the room. Turn them OFF when you leave the room. They do not cool a room down - they only create a breeze that makes you feel cooler, which allows you to keep the a/c a little higher.

There are managed payment plans that will allow you to pay 1/12 of your estimated annual bill each month. This eliminates the financial strain of the variable bills for summer vs winter.

The utility company (APS or SRP) can give you estimates based on the prior tenant if you give them an exact address, so you'll know what you're getting into.
 
Old 03-25-2011, 04:05 PM
 
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An average for a small 1 bedroom apartment will be about $180-200 a month in electricity. The other utilities are sometimes covered by the managers, but they will be an extra $80-100.
 
Old 03-25-2011, 04:27 PM
 
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Thanks all! Electricity seems like the highest, and most needed.
 
Old 03-25-2011, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Two years in Raleigh, NC
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An average for a small 1 bedroom apartment will be about $180-200 a month in electricity. The other utilities are sometimes covered by the managers, but they will be an extra $80-100.
A monthly annualized average if $200/month?!!? He'll, we have a 3200 sq ft house, single story, two a/c units, and our average electric bill is $120-130 I admit, we DO have gas hot water and cooking so that's extra. BUT I still think that $2400 per year in electric is waaaay too high unless you're not careful.
 
Old 03-26-2011, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Eugenius
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I had a co-worker who had a modest house (2-3 bedrooms, I think) and was paying $500-600/month for electricity!! I had a huge 3 bedroom house with no insulation or window shades and I was only paying ~$200-250/month. So asking people what they pay really doesn't help you out at all, there's just too many variables.

One thing that WILL help keep your bills down was said by somebody already and I can't stress enough how true it is. Don't turn your air completely off during the day in the summer, it will take more energy to cool it down than it would be to just keep it running all day.
 
Old 03-26-2011, 04:50 AM
 
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Originally Posted by dougstech View Post
Anyone here have a 1BR/1BA small apartment, and mind sharing their utility costs? I know that apartments usually provide some of these in the rent price.

Water/Sewer
Cable
Internet
Gas
Landline Phone
Electric
Trash
I have lived in about 4 different apartment complexes across the valley, here are my averages:

Water/Sewer/Trash - $50/month
Cable/Internet/Phone - $120/month
Gas - Good luck getting gas in an apartment, it's nonexistent.
Electric - $60 9 months out of the year, $150-$200 in the summer.
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