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Old 07-29-2011, 09:40 AM
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We're thinking about moving to the St. George/Washington area, but I'm concerned about the utilities cost for the hot summer and cold winter. I'd like for some of you to tell me what your electric bills run in the middle of the summer, and gas or electric in the middle of the winter. I know that the cost of electricity is about half the cost of St. George if you're south or east of the Virgin river, so please tell me what area you're in and the size of your house, and if you heat with gas or electricity. Does anyone know if gas is significantly cheaper to heat with than electricity? There seems to be a lot of houses that heat with heat pumps, which switch out of the heat pump mode when it gets close to freezing temperatures. Thank you!
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:46 PM
 
Location: St George Utah
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We're thinking about moving to the St. George/Washington area, but I'm concerned about the utilities cost for the hot summer and cold winter. I'd like for some of you to tell me what your electric bills run in the middle of the summer, and gas or electric in the middle of the winter. I know that the cost of electricity is about half the cost of St. George if you're south or east of the Virgin river, so please tell me what area you're in and the size of your house, and if you heat with gas or electricity. Does anyone know if gas is significantly cheaper to heat with than electricity? There seems to be a lot of houses that heat with heat pumps, which switch out of the heat pump mode when it gets close to freezing temperatures. Thank you!
I'm (slightly) outside your geographic boundaries, but since I have it right in front of me, my utility bill covering the span of 9 June - 11 July was $103 for electricity for a 1300 square foot home that had the air conditioning set to 80 degrees for 90% of that time period (sometimes turning it off overnight of it was cool out).

We get hot summers, but I disagree with your "cold winters" statement. Winters in this immediate area (about 3000' elevation) are relatively mild, and take less energy to control than the very hot Summers. You WILL be running AC almost 24/7 throughout mid-June to around late September or early October, but will probably also have 5 months or so where you won't need AC nor Heating on, just windows open.

Seems like a lot of the older houses have 'swamp coolers' on the roofs, where the modern ones have central air.


My total utility bill for the previously mentioned time period is $170, which breaks down to $103 electricity, $16 water, $24 sewer, $11 garbage, $4 "drainage fee" and the rest in three different taxes which I think are complete BS.


Depending on where you'd be moving here from, the utility bills are relatively cheap, as-is the cost of living.

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Old 08-03-2011, 12:57 PM
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Thanks for the reply! Can you tell me how much you pay per Kilowatt hour of electricity? Also, are your windows double pane? If you were going to another place for a month around Christmas time, would you need to keep your heater on so that the pipes don't freeze? Thank you.
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Saint George, Utah
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My City of St. George Utilities kilowatt hour seems to be 7.01c/kwh this month. I had to subtract and divide to get this, since the bill does not divulge that information. Go figure. I imagine the City website has rates listed. My windows are double pane. Yes, personally I would keep the heater on in Dec. for the pipes, just in case. Jan. is colder, but 60 degrees wouldn't hurt. The outside pipes should have an automatic type of faucet to prevent bursting--don't know what they're called. If the home is older than than kind of faucet, then the pipes have to be wrapped. Overall, I consider utilities here fair and reasonable. California is higher--I do know that much!
This month I'm paying $153.81 for all the SG utilities and $10.80 to Questar, the natural gas co. for the water heater and range. These amounts are for 1 person who doesn't use the range much, but I do use electricity! From what I hear, I think Rocky Mountain power rates are going up more than SG rates, which are also going up soon. Sorry I can't be more specific.
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