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Old 03-31-2015, 09:37 AM
Location: Gainesville, FL; formerly Weston, FL
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Just got the Clay Electric bill, and although we're not exactly comparing apples to apples (as I'm in Alachua County and most of those chiming in are in Marion County) I thought it would be worthwhile to post. We used 1045 KWH from late February to late March and total bill was $143.98, of which $13.01 was due to Florida and Alachua County taxes (so $130.97 was "pure" energy costs without taxes). We are in a 3/3 with a small screened in pool, and my husband likes it to be about 74 degrees inside. One of the bedrooms has it's own A/C zone and is used as an office so we keep it about 77/78 there during the day.

We have a 4/2.5 in Broward with a larger, standard-sized sunscreen pool and comparing our bills, we used most months close to 1800/1900 KWH and our total bill was about $200 from FP&L.

Comparing what AFNCO33 paid ($176 for electric and water from GRU, using 729 KWH and 3K water/wastewater) we're at $200.31 ($143.98 from Clay using 1045 KWH and $66.33 from GRU using 4k water/wastewater). If my numbers are correct, we our total bill was 14% higher than AFNCO33's, yet our electric usage was 43% higher, and our water usage was 33% higher. So it certainly seems that Clay Electric offers more value than GRU, if I'm evaluating this correctly.
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:46 AM
Location: Gainesville, FL; formerly Weston, FL
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I need to update my message above because somehow I need to factor in our gas bill from GRU too. I know our KWH usage would have been higher if not for factoring in the gas. Anyway, still looks like GRU is more expensive.
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:47 AM
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I hope our move to Ocala is worth it. Prepaid $150 with Sumter to avoid the deposit fees and hoping that lasts at least 30 days before adding more funds.

The water rate for Marion County seems higher than GRU. GRU's charge for 3K water/wastewater was about $45, I thought it was a larger portion. In Marion County, the base rate is almost $40 for no usage and $9 per thousand gallons after that, so almost $75-80 and since we now have a yard, probably more because of watering.

Quick question for others who know Marion/Alachua County. For as long as I've lived here in Gainesville, gas prices in Marion County always used to be about .10 cheaper on average. Since 1 January, however, that isn't the case and Marion County is actually higher now than Alachua County. Did a new tax get passed down there?

Right now, Gas in Gainesville is running around $2.47-$2.53 with some stations at $2.35. In Ocala, and Northern Marion County, the lowest I've seen is $2.53. What gives?
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:15 PM
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Default Do NOT move into GRU territory

Okay, got my last GRU bill since I moved out. My billing cycle ends on the 25-26 so service for my last bill should be for 8-9 days or under a third of the month. Service ended for me on 1 April.

Something is not right here:

We used 251 Kwh of Electric
2K Gallons for Water/Wastewater charges

Total: $91! Are you kidding me?

If you must live in Alachua County, do not live in GRU territory.

I don't have the paper bill yet, but I did the math and this is ridiculous. Based on the rates, actual usage and customer charges comes out to around $54. But once the Power Cost adjustment and taxes and fees are added in, it was almost an additional $37. This is unacceptable.

I signed up with Sumter at the new house and joined the prepaid program. i dropped $150 and have been trying to log in to view our usage over the past few days but it isn't up and working yet. I'm hoping the combination of SECO/Marion Utilities comes in cheaper than GRU although I'm aware that GRU's water rates are lower.
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Old 01-26-2017, 08:45 PM
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I am currently with Duke Energy outside Orlando, but am moving to the Ocala area. I have heard horror stories about electric rates in the city with people paying $400-500 for a 1-2 BR place. And, here I thought Duke was ripping me off compared to the $50-75/month I was paying with Gulf Power in the Panhandle.

The numbers on top are my monthly bill (with Duke) and the bottom is the kWH of electricity used (reversed from the colors). I have a 1100 sq. ft. 2/2 Condo and keep the AC at 74 as anything higher is intolerable.
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Old 01-27-2017, 08:55 AM
Location: Florida
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The key is to research the utility rates for the address you are moving too. Be specific as territories are not drawn with straight lines. This should apply to any place you move but the Ocala area has much more variety than any place I have lived.

I think the city of Ocala uses the utility fees to help pay for the operation of the city. Thus city taxes can be lower.

I would google the rate schedules for the utilities and plug in your actual usage. This will help you to decide which area is best cost wise.

You also want to make sure you have gas for heating if you do not want to use electric.

Remember their are a lot of other factors to consider.
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Old 01-29-2017, 10:40 AM
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Much depends upon the efficieny of the home itself. However, for comparison, I can tell you SECO is generally considered the most inexpensive provider. They charge .110600 per Kwh for the first 1000 kWh. Then it is .13060 per kWh over 1000. Looking at my bill, for 1160 kwhs used, the total bill was $147, tax, title, & license.
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Old 01-29-2017, 03:14 PM
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Dax is so right on efficiency. When I lived in 1500 SF old wood-frame home with probably no insulation in the walls, but R-49 in the attic under a metal roof, my summer electric bill could go as high as $180. Now, in a concrete-block, well-insulated 1700 SF house, the most I've paid is $130. With Duke both times.
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Old 04-07-2017, 07:19 AM
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Well, I moved last month. I figured out why Ocala City Electric bills are higher. Their electric rates are actually lower than what I was paying with Duke. The problem is they tack on a number of other miscellaneous charges, some of which I have never had to pay in a Multi-tenant (Apartment, Condo) residence before.


Daily Rate 30 Day Rate
Electric........................$0.35............. .$10.50
Fire Services...................$0.47...............$14 .10
Sewer Master Rec................$1.74...............$52.20
Solid Waste Apartment...........$0.53...............$15.90
Stormwater Private..............$0.15...............$ 4.50
Subtotal........................$3.24............. ..$97.20
These charges appear to be fixed and are what you pay even if you use ZERO electricity and water. That is $97 before they add the electricity and water usage. The one saving grace is their electric usage charge is lower ($0.116/kWH).

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