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Old 05-27-2014, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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There is really no contrast between "inside and inside" because the temperature differences occur at different times of year. As the weather gets warmer in the spring, our bodies adapt to the warmer temperatures, and the reverse takes place as the weather gets cooler in the fall. So if my house was 62 degrees inside on a March day and then 83 degrees inside on a freak day in May because of an unusually early heat wave reaching 100 for a couple of days, there is no discernible contrast because those two events are two months apart.

As far as how you could cook when it's 83 inside, I would say how could you not be able to cook when it's 83 inside? If it's 83 inside (at least here) that means it's 95 or 100 outside. By contrast, the 83 is comfortably cool. I take it you don't spend much time out of doors. I would feel like I'm in prison to be house-bound.

Of course in the winter I increase the blankets and/or layers for sleeping. What could be more normal?

As for your utility costs, $4,000 per year divided by twelve is only $333 per month, much cheaper than I would have imagined given the extremism of your thermostat settings. My electric plus natural gas averages about $35 a month over a year's time for a smaller place and only one person.
I do a fair amount outside - even in the summer. Even in the afternoons. Golfing - gardening - even just taking a walk. But I sweat - often a lot (most people do when it's > 85 ). And - when I'm finished outside - I take a shower. I'd be pretty uncomfortable sweating profusely doing "inside stuff".

And yup - about $333/month average power costs. A great deal of that is - of course - HVAC. But other power uses (like hot water - appliances - lights - all those electronic gizmos - etc.) probably contribute at least 50% to the bill (based on observations of seasonal variations in power bills attributable almost 100% to seasonal HVAC costs). FWIW - we replaced just about all our lighting with LEDs earlier this year. And our power bills seem to be running about $40/month below last year's costs. Could be the LEDs - could be we had a cool spring. We'll see what the summer bills look like before we jump to any conclusions. Robyn
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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New polls are in from BankRate dot com. The parameters they use to determine the 10 best and 10 worst states are very valid and oriented toward retirement.

10 Best States For Retirement | Bankrate.com

10 Worst States For Retirement | Bankrate.com

You can start in one poll and at the end it continues with a link to the other.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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It depends on what part if the Northeast, as the list shows that many Interior Northeastern areas are on par with many Southern metros.
Blanket statements are easy to poke hole in.

It is hard to imagine a lower COL then this region of the NorthEast. However there are other parts of the NorthEast where it is expensive.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:36 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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New polls are in from BankRate dot com. The parameters they use to determine the 10 best and 10 worst states are very valid and oriented toward retirement.

10 Best States For Retirement | Bankrate.com

10 Worst States For Retirement | Bankrate.com

You can start in one poll and at the end it continues with a link to the other.

I'll be darned.
The top 3 of my list made Bankrate's best list.

That has never happened with any "Best Of" list.

Hope that doesn't mean the prices will be going up
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Keystone State
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New polls are in from BankRate dot com. The parameters they use to determine the 10 best and 10 worst states are very valid and oriented toward retirement.

10 Best States For Retirement | Bankrate.com

10 Worst States For Retirement | Bankrate.com

You can start in one poll and at the end it continues with a link to the other.
Interesting link, thanks for posting. Funny among the 50 bazillion places I've looked at, Virginia was one I recently started to look a little harder at. The trouble with the list is that it doesn't pinpoint the exact cities/counties that meet some of the prime items on a retirees list.

Anyone on this forum retire to VA? Care to share?
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:58 PM
 
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Interesting link, thanks for posting. Funny among the 50 bazillion places I've looked at, Virginia was one I recently started to look a little harder at. The trouble with the list is that it doesn't pinpoint the exact cities/counties that meet some of the prime items on a retirees list.

Anyone on this forum retire to VA? Care to share?
I haven't retired to Virginia but live here, and my gut feeling is we will stay in Virginia once we finally figure what we want to do. My advice, unless you can afford it, stay FAR away from Northern Virginia. Lots of amenities but LOTS of traffic and high cost of living. Much more affordable other places. The Williamsburg area is a big retirement spot, as is Charlottesville, but more expensive. A lot of people look to the mountains. Winchester is outside of NoVa but you can get into town if needed. I've heard good things about Roanoke and Lynchburg. Lots of choices and truthfully not far from the coast or mountains wherever you are. And if brave, venture into NoVa to visit DC once in a while.
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:48 AM
 
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Blanket statements are easy to poke hole in.

It is hard to imagine a lower COL then this region of the NorthEast. However there are other parts of the NorthEast where it is expensive.
Actually, much of Upstate NY and Pennsylvania has an overall COL around the national average, give or take. I believe that parts of Western Massachusetts are like that as well.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Actually, much of Upstate NY and Pennsylvania has an overall COL around the national average, give or take. I believe that parts of Western Massachusetts are like that as well.
Not if you're talking property and excise tax.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I've heard good things about Roanoke and Lynchburg.
I like Salem, a town adjacent to Roanoke.
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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I like Salem, a town adjacent to Roanoke.
There is a VA hospital in Salem as well. I worked with someone who lived in the Roanoke/Salem area. His chief complaint was that it was like a modern Peyton Place. There was a lot of hanky panky going on at the customer's site he was taking care of, so that may have been his point of reference.
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