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Old 04-13-2007, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Hi,
For those that live in VT (especially Burlington) and have been in VT for a while, this is a question for you:

If you have gas heat, on average, how much is heat a month? How much is it for electric? This would be to heat a 3 bedroom duplex townhome that's approximately 900sq.

A woman I spoke with today that lives in Medford, MA says that her heating bill in December for gas heat was $600!!! How in the world is that possible?! She was a German native, so I am hoping there was just a language breakdown. Presently, we rent with heat as part of the rent. Are we spoiled to the reality of how expensive heat is, especially during VT's long winters?

Thank you,
Asya, Laith & Nate
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Old 04-14-2007, 05:25 PM
 
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We are on the "budget plan" for natural gas where the year's usage is averaged, so we pay the same amount every month. We pay $115 a month, and electric is around $75-$90/mo. This is for a 3 br, 2000 sq.ft., 2-story house. Hope this helps. Oh, and if you have electric heat, it'll be a lot more expensive.
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Old 04-15-2007, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Wow, that us a whole lot less than here in Brooklyn, NY, even with our so-called milder winters.
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Old 04-15-2007, 09:44 AM
 
Location: hinesburg, vt
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Energy in Vt is expensive. This can be really felt today as we have yet another winter storm bearing down on us and having had daily high temps averaging 15 degrees below normal on a daily basis, not to mention that the cheapest gasoline in my area is now $2.80. When someone asks the question on what someone else pays for utility bills it does not provide an indicator as to what your bills will be. Keep in mind the variables involved. Some homes are better insulated or have more efficient heating and duct systems. Some folks keep the thermastat at an average of 6o to 62 degrees versus 68 to 70. The types and usage of appliances can substantially vary the electric bill. The question to ask for comparison purposes is the actual rates for energy, cents per kwh, cost per gallon for oil, cost per cubic foot of natural gas. Also remember that often when checking rates, such as the rate per kwh of electricity you must add the surcharges and other add-ons to the base rate to get the actual cents per kwh. In my case that adds about 28.00 a month to my bill.
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