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Old 12-30-2019, 07:45 PM
 
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If any of you don’t mind sharing your normal utility bills, I’d be grateful. We’re looking at a move to either N GA (Dahlonega/ blue ridge areas) or NW SC (north of Greenville, like the travelers rest area & we’ve already visited that area, GA is next) We currently live in NY so we have hefty bills in the winter. I’m assuming my winter bills in the south would be cheaper but might be negated by air conditioning in the warm months? Since we live in the mountains now, we don’t have nor need central air.

So what do your electric bills look like/ how big is your house?
What do most people have as their source of heat?
What are your water bills like?
Is a pool absolutely necessary?
Any other things I should look into?

Posting in the SC forum as well for both views.
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Old 12-30-2019, 08:13 PM
 
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Power costs depend a lot on the utility as well. I was on Georgia Power and after moving am with Sawnee EMC and my bills are lower. Total cost per Kw/h is about half Long Island rates that I paid years back.

Too many variables to give you an idea of how your house would look like, but the highest months I have are 2.5x my lowest for electricity. Those are in July, August and September due to heavy AC use.

I have natural gas heating which works well. Heaviest months are January and February but are nothing like NY. I had oil heat there.

Water is cheap, but again would depend on where you are and if you have water+sewer or just water (and septic).

I don’t think a pool is necessary.
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Old 12-30-2019, 09:32 PM
 
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In Union County.... BREMC- I think it's high! With that said, it's going to depend on size, usage, etc. We have 3600 sq. ft... runs 200 to 300 per month. We have propane only, very reasonable, pre-buy in summer and usually have more than enough to last over a year. Last year's pre-buy was less than 2.00 per gallon. Once again, higher usage in winter, and depends on your own personal preferences. (We use our fireplace a lot, and well last year we barely had a winter). Our water is one of the local water districts. $21.00 a month minimum and do not use over the minimum. Septic system. Trash can be gotten through a local provider or you can take it to the transfer station yourself. We run about $1.25 per week.

Pool.... nah... why with all the lakes, rivers and streams? Our neighbor has one but they spend most of their time on the lake anyway......
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Old 12-31-2019, 11:10 AM
 
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I have Sawnee electric & average around $80 per month in a house built in 1999, recently bought the house & have not done a lot of improvements yet, the HVAC is still original.

Plan to replace the HVAC with around 16 to 18 seer units this spring, which should bring the cost down quite a bit.
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Old 01-01-2020, 08:03 AM
 
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I have Sawnee electric & average around $80 per month in a house built in 1999, recently bought the house & have not done a lot of improvements yet, the HVAC is still original.

Plan to replace the HVAC with around 16 to 18 seer units this spring, which should bring the cost down quite a bit.
If you have SEER 10 today the savings for SEER 18 will likely never fully pay off here.
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Old 01-01-2020, 09:04 PM
 
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Maybe a better question would be - what is your typical ‘low’ and ‘high’ bills in terms of heat and electric?
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Old 01-01-2020, 09:13 PM
 
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I have a very large home so my numbers wouldn’t be reflective of the average. For example my gas bill for December was a bit under $200. Others may pay half that or less.
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Old 01-02-2020, 08:48 AM
 
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If you have SEER 10 today the savings for SEER 18 will likely never fully pay off here.

No it's an 8 and is 20 years old, I don't want to get caught with the unit going out in July. I recently bought the house & want to finish the basement so I'll also be adding a 3rd zone to the house. I am unsure what Seer rating I will be going with though.

Water has been around $40 & gas around $70.
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Old 01-02-2020, 09:44 AM
 
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I have a very large home so my numbers wouldn’t be reflective of the average. For example my gas bill for December was a bit under $200. Others may pay half that or less.
I’m at about $400 and up for heat for the winter months and we have the heat on from
About October- April so $200 sounds great lol
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Old 01-02-2020, 09:45 AM
 
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I have a very large home so my numbers wouldn’t be reflective of the average. For example my gas bill for December was a bit under $200. Others may pay half that or less.
Is your electric bill crazy in the warm months with such a big house?
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