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Old 01-28-2009, 09:49 AM
 
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Me and my wife are about to get out of the military in December 09 and planning to move to SA from Tennessee and we are curious what the utility bills would be like so we can get an idea of how much we would have to save to do a responsible move. We plan to move into an apartment for about a year until we save enough money to find a nice home in the area. Could someone break down like a amount you pay for utilites for a 900 Sq ft apartment? Thank you Ps. I have been to SA once and amazing. I have never heard one bad thing about SA. I am originally from New Mexico
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:51 PM
 
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We lived in a small house in Cibolo last year and the utilities are thru a company called GVEC. The house was about 1000 sq ft and our bill was never over $100. We are pretty conservative though about our energy use and were gone most of the day (work, school). GVEC customer service is fantastic though and now being in SA, I feel that GVEC was far less expensive than CPS rates.
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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Hi! We are in the military and bought our house in the Summer of last year. We love living in Cibolo! I don't know for sure what the break down would be for a 900 sq foot apartment, but I do for our house. Our house is 2400 sq foot and it is a 2 story. The highest bill we have had for electricity is $294 and that was in August when it was 100 degrees everyday. We left our air on 72 the whole time and didn't go up or down. We like it cool and that was as hot as we could stand it - upstairs. The highest bill we have had in the winter is $148. It has stayed at $130 - $148 non-stop since October. It is SWEET! We love it! I foresee our bill going up in May and going back down in September. It is really nice and so far - we love GVEC. They are so great that they dropped our rate January 1st since the gas price went down. It is amazing... I mean how many companies drop rates because of gas price fluctuation. I mean so nice of them to realize that we would like to benefit from the drop too! In regards to water/sewer/trash. We spend about $100 a month on water/sewer/trash. It goes up about $50 in the summer months, but stays about $100 for the rest of the year. There are 3 of us - my husband/myself and our son. Even when we had a house full for a month it never went above $150 and that was in the summer too which might have been attributed to watering our yard and not the added people. It is great living here! We love it and I think you will be thrilled at the inexpensiveness of living here!
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:22 PM
 
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thanks for the replies, im going to look up more on GVEC
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:32 PM
 
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The highest bill we have had for electricity is $294 and that was in August when it was 100 degrees everyday.
I might be nitpicking and you're probably joking but it only hit 100 twice in August and the entire month averaged about 94 degrees.
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:19 PM
 
Location: southwest michigan
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Our house is 2400 sq foot and it is a 2 story. The highest bill we have had for electricity is $294 and that was in August when it was 100 degrees everyday. We left our air on 72 the whole time and didn't go up or down.
Wow! We spend almost that much where we are now to cool a 1050 sq ft apartment....and we keep the air at 78 in the summer. That's great news .
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:03 PM
 
Location: fayetteville, nc
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I might be nitpicking and you're probably joking but it only hit 100 twice in August and the entire month averaged about 94 degrees.
I don't know where that info came from but its not right. I have a thermometer on my covered patio (so its in the shade) and I look at it several times a day. The 100 degree days last year started in May with constant 100 degree days by June. I'm a gardener, many trees and plants go dormant or semi dormant in August as a defense mechanism. Its brutally hot.

Back to the original question, we live in a 2000 sqft, one level house. Our most expensive electric bill was exactly $200 last year. The cheapest: $94. The houses in Cibolo are new. They have good insulation and windows to keep the heat out and cold air in!
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Default 3266 SF Home Most Paid $221

The most we have paid is $221 for 3266sf two story home keeping the temp at 73 degrees. The home is energy star certified. Average monthly bill is around $150.
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:29 PM
 
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I'm building a house right now in Cibolo (so I have no freaking idea of how much electricity will be)
but I've lived in apartments for a long time and I'm extremely tired of the crappy insulation I always get in apartments.

I'm excited about the house because I got "radiant barrier" installed on the roof for $250 and it's supposed to help keep the house cool.
Something else is that pretty much all the houses are "Energy Star certified"
and since I like warm weather... my bill should be pretty cheap.

Radiant Barrier – LP
Features of ENERGY STAR Qualified New Homes : ENERGY STAR (http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=new_homes.nh_features - broken link)
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