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Old 03-23-2008, 05:13 PM
 
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We are planning on moving to the Ft Worth area, and bringing our business with us. Can anyone tell us the true cost of utilities in Ft Worth. It seems that I hear lots of grumbling about the high cost of utilities, but not exactly how much, for a Avg, 3 bdrm house. Also We are wedding photographers, thinking about moving to DFW area and relocating our business as well. What is the need for such a service...I see on the premier website Theknot.com that there are not really many there that charge a reasonable rate.

Thanks...Blpimages
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Old 03-24-2008, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Utility costs range on the type of house you have and the insulation. My neighbor has a like type house from mine and while mine was 280.00 hers was 900.00 because she doesn't have radiant barrier and enough insulation and keeps her home about 74 degrees. With that being said its a larger home (3500 sq ft), it just depends on the size.

Im sorry I don't have any information regarding wedding photographers. Good luck on your move!
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Old 03-24-2008, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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Don't know what part of the country you're coming from, but it's a fairly safe bet that your utilities will be higher--especially if you are working at home. It's the price of having to run A/C for 6 months+ out of the year. On the other hand, the utility costs will more than be offset by lower costs on other things.
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Old 06-13-2008, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Default Utility Cost in Fort Worth

I have a 3300 sq ft 2 story house with a pool and 2 ac units. I set the thermostat on 79 in the summer and my bill is between $300-$400. During the winter I set the thermostat at 70 and the bill is from $225-$350. It all depends if it's October with temps in the 60's or January with a cold spell with temps in the 30's. Also, with electric deregulation in Texas the cost per kilowatt hour has risen like gas prices. Prices are running from 11 cent per kwh and higher. Go to powetochoose.org for the latest prices.
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Old 06-14-2008, 11:23 AM
 
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I have an 1,800 sq. ft. house with 3/2/2. I set my temperature to 80 when I'm at work during the day and 75 when I'm home at night. This month my entire electric bill was $98. Not too bad considering my AC is 12 years old, my computer is usually on, my attic doesn't have much insulation (on my to-do list), and my house faces the west. I have Green Mountain and am on a 1-year contract. My rate is locked in around 13 cents per kwh. I try to conserve wherever possible, like unplugging outlets that aren't in use, etc.

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Old 06-14-2008, 11:41 AM
 
Location: TX
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I have a 3300 sq ft 2 story house with a pool and 2 ac units. I set the thermostat on 79 in the summer and my bill is between $300-$400. During the winter I set the thermostat at 70 and the bill is from $225-$350. It all depends if it's October with temps in the 60's or January with a cold spell with temps in the 30's. Also, with electric deregulation in Texas the cost per kilowatt hour has risen like gas prices. Prices are running from 11 cent per kwh and higher. Go to powetochoose.org for the latest prices.
I just want to add a little more to what TexasMan said. About a year ago, I changed electric providers to Spark Energy, who was then charging 9.x cents/kW-hr. I was renewing monthly since I don't like contracts. My latest renewal has me close to 20 cents/kW-hr.! It has more than doubled, which is an even larger price increase than gasoline over the past 12-13 months!

In PowerToChoose.org (note the correct URL), the cheapest rate is about 13.x cents/kW-hr., so I'll be changing soon, most likely to Gexa, who is charging 14.x cents/kW-hr., but offers AA freq. flyer miles.

Natural gas is reasonably priced and I haven't noticed a big increase over the past year. Water/sewer/trash has also remained reasonable and I'm usually in the $60s/mo. for that (I have a sprinkler system for my 50' x 110' yard).

I don't know about wedding photography costs either. Good luck if you move to the D/FW area.
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Old 06-14-2008, 01:08 PM
 
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The only way to compare costs between areas is to compare cost per KWH. We're paying 14 cents KWH now, it does vary depending on what company you choose, its deregulated in some parts of TX.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:09 PM
 
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14 cents/kwh, is that an average rate for Fort Worth?

I'm looking to rent a studio/1bedroom in Fort Worth metro and am trying to see how much I need to budget for utilities.

Anyone know average rates for water, internet in this area?

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Old 07-19-2010, 03:10 PM
 
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Wow, 14 cents/kwh, that's high for residential use. I live in Keller and my current rate is 9.1 cents/ kwh.

Try Star Tex Power
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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It depends on who you shop for electric.

Our Gateway service runs us 10.5/kwh. Our bill, which came today, first truly hot month in a 3K square foot, four year old, non-radiant barrier house, which is mostly a single floor, $265.

While I'm not jumping for joy, I fully expected over $300. 76 during the day, 71 at night.
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