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Old 02-05-2010, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Hmmm, let me think.
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Default Price of Utilities (I did search first)

I Electric depends on the house. I would expect to spend $200 - $250 each month for A/C during the months of May - Sept. In the offseason I would imagine it would run $100 - $150. Does this sound about right? It would be a home thats about 1400 - 1800SF and no older than 1985.

How much is water? Is it charged at a flat rate or by usage? Is trash included or separate? An estimate of these expenses would be great. Some places for rent say they include Water.... I would like to know how much that would save.


Thanks
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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Electric is about right. Even based on insulation and the level of your tolerance you could pay less than what you stated. Electric cost is tricky since people set their thermo at diferent level and run pool pump (if there is a swiming pool) different hours. Search CD and you will see some estimates from people and how they set a thermo.

Also, you can call the utility company and get an idea how previous owners were paying (again here also a guess based on previous owners usage but will give you an idea. I did the same when I bought a house and so far I am paying just what the company told me when I asked)

For water, as a renter in pinellas county, I never paid more than $50 to $60. But this doesn't include if you want to irrigate lawns and use drinking water to do so.

Good luck
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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Each municipality has a different pricing structure, but in St Pete, your electric estimates seem a bit high. Of course, that depends on if someone is at home during weekdays, when your AC load is highest.

I also pay about $85 a month for 3000 gal of water/sewer/trash, and that price also includes about $15 a month for reclaimed water for irrigation.
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:03 PM
 
Location: The 'burg
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I have a 1800sf 1954 house in St. Pete and the electric is about spot on for us. Water/sewer is around $70 a month.
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:06 PM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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IN the City of Tampa, my 'water' bill(which also contains my trash, sewage, and water) is about $45-50 a month, all year. Mos tof that bill is the Trash pickup and Sewer.

TECO for my 1949 1600 sq foot home without a pool is highest in August/September with $190/mo, and lowest in February/March with about $90 per month. Therm is set at about 74 in the summers. I also have two HUGE old oak trees on my property, one in the front, one on the back. And my house faces North.
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