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Old 11-15-2012, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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I've been looking at condos to buy lately. The majority of them have zoned electric heat. Does anyone know how this will compare to gas heating (which I've always had). Today I'm looking at 2 - 2-bedroom condo's (both with electric heat). 1 is 1200 SF and the other is about 900 SF.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Electric heat is horrible. I was paying at least double what I pay now for gas, in a smaller space. My place was 1200 square feet and winter electric bills ranged from $300-$500 a month.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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Holly cow!

I'm looking at a condo in Manchester on Saturday that actually has heat and hot water included. We'll see how that goes.

Both my kids are in college now (1 is away). I'd like to downsize to a 2 bedroom and would like something in a complex with comfortable amenities. The one in Manchester seems a little small, but the complex has a pool and is across the street from Wickham park. I think there's a bike trail close by too, which I would totally take advantage of.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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That area is kind of removed from the core of Manchester and not in an area I would be particularly attracted to. Wickham Park is very nice but still the area gets questionable to the west of there. The condos are actually converted apartments so there will likely be some quirks about the place as well. Good luck, Jay
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Northwest Hills, CT
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I own a 1000 sq ft end unit condo up in Granby with electric heat and my bills range from $300-$400 in January/February. The old windows could be part of the problem but yes, electric heat is expensive.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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That area doesn't bother me at all. My kids are adults now so I don't have to think about the school system.

Tonight I'm looking at a place in Cinnamon Springs in South Windsor. The complex it's in looks really nice but it's a large 2 bedroom unit with electric heat.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Central, CT
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It really depends on how warm you like it, whether you're and end/middle unit, and how much insulation exists. I rented a 1k sqft townhouse (middle unit, not much insul imho) with electric a few years back (6 years) and it was average (did a budget plan) $100/month and it always felt cold. For the same investment with gas (end unit 1400 sq town, old windows)/propane (free standing 2k sq ranch, great insul&windows) it's much warmer.
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