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Old 06-21-2009, 10:11 AM
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My husband and I are moving to the Abington area in the next few months and we were wondering what the average costs are for utilities. We were told that electric is MUCH cheaper, but is that a temporary situation - some government program regulating costs? We have always used gas, but don't want to spend 500/month to heat our home. If anyone has any information about an average for gas vs electric utility bills per month for a 2000+ sq/ft home, we would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you!
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Old 06-22-2009, 12:19 PM
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Depends on what type of electric heat. If it's electric baseboard - individual thermostats in each room, it will be very expensive to operate. If it is the newer heat pump system, it will be cheaper than gas. But electric cooking just plain sucks. Drying your clothes with electricity sucks as well.

So if it's a heat pump setup, heating will be less expensive. But I'd pay the extra for gas to never have to deal with an electric stove or dryer again.
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:50 AM
Location: Sanford, FL
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I wish I had followed my instincts when I had central air/heat installed in my rowhome 4 years ago. I wanted all-electric, but every tradesperson I spoke with said "oh noooo, everyone does gas...it's cheaper". So I went with a combination unit.

I don't know if PGW is paying off the unions or not, but it's so not the case. My average heating bill in a somewhat energy efficient 850sq ft rowhome has been close to $300 a month, running the thermostat at 65 degrees. My average electric bill in the summer, running the a/c at 70 (pretty cool) has been averaging around $150. PECO clearly wins.

You might want to look at some solar options if you live in a traditional detached home, as the price has come down considerably. I have a friend who has solar heating/hot water and she more often than not has a negative dollar bill from PGW...meaning she generated more energy than she consumed. The system pays for itself in a few years.
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Old 06-23-2009, 06:59 AM
Location: Montco PA
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The comment you heard about "temporary" may have something to do with the fact that PA's utility rate increase caps are going away in 2010 or 2011. At that time, it's expected that many electric rates will go up 30-40%. You may want to check PECO's (Exelon's) website for information about this if you are concerned.
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:39 AM
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Thanks everyone for the replies - greatly appreciated
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