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Old 06-28-2010, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Cairo NY
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Hello everyone,

I am hoping to get some statistics on utility bills for the Albany-Troy area. I am possibly going to rent a first floor 3 BR apartment, and am curious how much I should expect the heating and hot water bills to be.

Every apartment I have ever rented has included the heat and hot water in the rent, and I'm a little hesitant about taking a place and then getting a massive bill during the winter months.

I've heard about budget billing plans, where you pay the same amount each month for the utilities. Does anyone have any experience with this?

I know it will vary from place to place, and depends on my usage, but if I could get some ballpark figures that would be great.

The hot water, heat, and stove are gas.
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:00 PM
 
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I copy/pasted my last couple years of bills from the National Grid website below. I have gas heat and electric for hot water and stove. I do not have laundry in my apartment, so that would add somewhat to the bill (but be oh so worth it!).

I would expect that you will benefit from having gas for hot water and stove. I pay a fixed rate of ~$18/mo for gas service even though I only use it during the winter. That $18 includes several therms of gas per month, so some of your hot water/stove will use the therms included with that fixed rate. All told I pay about $34 for fixed service costs and the difference is based on electric and gas consumption.

I only have a 1 br apartment though, so you will be heating a larger area and presumably using more hot water, etc.

6/21/2010 $74.74
5/20/2010 $88.86
4/22/2010 $113.04
3/22/2010 $119.75
2/18/2010 $155.12
1/20/2010 $168.79
12/18/2009 $142.88
11/18/2009 $109.54
10/19/2009 $91.09
9/18/2009 $91.33
8/19/2009 $84.40
7/22/2009 $81.66
6/19/2009 $74.74
5/19/2009 $78.94
4/21/2009 $107.26
3/19/2009 $153.85
2/19/2009 $158.73
1/20/2009 $135.80
12/18/2008 $162.89
11/18/2008 $110.12
10/17/2008 $84.33
9/17/2008 $79.51
8/18/2008 $51.89
7/18/2008 $63.52
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:14 PM
 
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The costs can vary depending on the age of the building and the height of the ceilings. I have lived in a extremely large 3 bedroom, all hardwood floors with very high ceilings and have had to pay over $400/month during the winter months. Although this was also when the gas prices were obscene.

Now I own a 3 br home in a 70 year old house and the average is about $300 per month. Two living floors, hardwood floors, some of the the windows are updated and the ceilings in each of the rooms vary in height. I kept it at around 67-69 deg. and used a couple of small electric heaters only in the bathroom and kitchen.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Cairo NY
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Thanks for the info! Has anyone used the budget billing before? This seems like a reasonable option, and I know I would much prefer to pay a set amount each month rather than get a "surprise" $400 bill!
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:15 AM
 
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I have at a previous apartment. I think it was around 2006-2008. It was a 2nd floor large 2 br flat in a 70 year old house with only two apartments with basement and attic. The owner had previously lived in the apartment so it was well taken care of. The windows were older so we did have to plastic during the winter months. I believe our plan came out to around $175 per month.
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