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Old 03-18-2015, 03:19 PM
 
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Hi there,

I recently moved into the Battle Hill condo complex in White Plains. We rent through a landlord, and knew our electric bill was going to rise from our old place (electric vs. gas heat, now we have a dishwasher and laundry machines in unit, etc.) however, I am astonished to find our first electric bill is nearly $400. For comparison, our highest bill in our old apartment was $77 in the middle of the summer, running the a/c daily (that apartment had no dishwasher, laundry machines, and had gas heat). Our landlord assures us this is normal due to the fact that it is an old building as well as the heat, dishwasher, and laundry, but I am flabbergasted. It is incredibly drafty in our apartment and our landlord admitted she needs to replace the windows, but I simply cannot fathom having to pay this much for a one-bedroom apartment! Not to mention, my husband and I have 12-14 hour work days during the week, so no one is even home!

Is this normal? I simply can't afford to pay almost $400 on top of our rent each month!

Thank you!
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Old 03-18-2015, 09:18 PM
 
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That's crazy. I only pay about $60 for electric. If the utility bill is in your name, I would call conEd and ask them whatnthe usage numbers are and ask how that compars to a house with multiple bedrooms. Somethings seriously wrong.

He/she told you that its typical because its "an older building." What does that even mean?

I once knew a lady who always had all types of lamps in her house turned on, even during the day, and she nad electric bills of about $200. But $400??!
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:07 AM
 
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My first thought was is this an illegal apartment and someone else is connected to your electrical feed. Seeing this is your first bill is it possible there are connection/first bill charges added on to the bill?
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:37 AM
 
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I could be right. Con Ed bills were crazy high due to the really cold weather. If it is an older building without proper insulation and old windows the heat can be running all day just to keep up. I live in an old house (with new windows but not properly insulated) and our Con Ed bill was 850 last month (1700 square feet home).
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:50 AM
 
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Hi there,

I recently moved into the Battle Hill condo complex in White Plains. We rent through a landlord, and knew our electric bill was going to rise from our old place (electric vs. gas heat, now we have a dishwasher and laundry machines in unit, etc.) however, I am astonished to find our first electric bill is nearly $400. For comparison, our highest bill in our old apartment was $77 in the middle of the summer, running the a/c daily (that apartment had no dishwasher, laundry machines, and had gas heat). Our landlord assures us this is normal due to the fact that it is an old building as well as the heat, dishwasher, and laundry, but I am flabbergasted. It is incredibly drafty in our apartment and our landlord admitted she needs to replace the windows, but I simply cannot fathom having to pay this much for a one-bedroom apartment! Not to mention, my husband and I have 12-14 hour work days during the week, so no one is even home!

Is this normal? I simply can't afford to pay almost $400 on top of our rent each month!

Thank you!
while I would investigate and ask Con Ed to help, this has been a cold winter and electric radiant heat is insanely expensive to run. $400 per month is possible.
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:58 AM
 
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In my last apartment (just moved out last month) I had electric heat and the apartment complex paid half of heat. My last bill was $190. Average electric bill in non-winter months was around $60, which means I was paying about $130 for heat, x2 = $260. That was a 1br apartment btw. I had the heat on almost all the time.
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:06 AM
 
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A good way to check is to find your meter, turn everything off and see what the meter does. If you have access to the main for your unit, flip it and watch the meter. Or flip it at 8:00 pm and listen to see if anyone yells about losing power (to see if anyone is drawing from your metered line)
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:16 AM
 
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I paid about 70 per month for all utilities including heat. The heat was too high so I bought a heating fan and shut off the free heat and my bill jumped up to $200 per month. Electric heat sucks energy.
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Old 03-19-2015, 03:09 PM
 
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Hi there,

I recently moved into the Battle Hill condo complex in White Plains. We rent through a landlord, and knew our electric bill was going to rise from our old place (electric vs. gas heat, now we have a dishwasher and laundry machines in unit, etc.) however, I am astonished to find our first electric bill is nearly $400. For comparison, our highest bill in our old apartment was $77 in the middle of the summer, running the a/c daily (that apartment had no dishwasher, laundry machines, and had gas heat). Our landlord assures us this is normal due to the fact that it is an old building as well as the heat, dishwasher, and laundry, but I am flabbergasted. It is incredibly drafty in our apartment and our landlord admitted she needs to replace the windows, but I simply cannot fathom having to pay this much for a one-bedroom apartment! Not to mention, my husband and I have 12-14 hour work days during the week, so no one is even home!

Is this normal? I simply can't afford to pay almost $400 on top of our rent each month!

Thank you!
A two bedroom condo in Nassau County NY around 1,200 square feet with electric heat, electric Stove, Electric dryer etc. in the winter of Jan or Feb it runs around $500 a month.

But a small house on Oil heat the oil bill is $400 a month and electric is like $150 a month.


Electric Heat is very efficient above 32 degrees, below 32 degrees it is not efficient. That is why you see it more in the south. Heat Pumps dont work under 32 very well and it converts back to traditional electric heat which is similar to a inefficient old electric heater where you burn your feet.


The number of days in a month where it is below 32 degrees will jack up your heat bill. Jan and Feb were very cold. Compare it to December and November which were much milder your electric bills and you will see the difference.
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Old 03-19-2015, 03:11 PM
 
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BTW is it an Electric Water Heater too? What heats the water?
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