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Old 01-23-2015, 06:01 PM
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I lived in Gainesville in 2010-2011 in a 650 sf older ground floor apartment and my electric bill never went over $100 a month. I moved away, and moved back last May. I was sharing a house for awhile, so the bills were a little over $100 each, which included garbage and water, so not too bad. I moved into a 725 sf house with almost all brand new double-pane energy efficient windows and my bills are OUTRAGEOUS! I have a brand new electric heating unit which I keep on 68-70 all the time, and my electric alone was $217 last month! We did have a few nights in the 20s, but nothing that would justify that. Needless to say, I was in sticker shock. My total bill was $287.

I'm seriously considering going back to SW Florida, or at least moving out of Gainesville. I heard that they had a big project that they went belly-up on and now they are the highest priced utility in the state because they have to pay off the bonds. I seriously can't afford these rates. I now have my heat set on 60 and am living in my bedroom which I heat with a small, efficient space heater, so if I get another $200 electric bill, I'll know something is up. I have a feeling they estimated this bill, because it wasn't much different than the usage for last year.

There are a couple of apartment complexes here that are on Clay electric (don't ask me how they managed that) that I'm looking at in the meantime, but I'm seriously thinking that I need to go back to a place I can afford.
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