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Old 09-23-2016, 01:53 PM
 
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Hello All,

We are searching for homes in westchester and were just wondering what the average costs for electricity and water are. Working on the budget and trying to allocate some $ in each category.

We are a family of 3 and planning on the 4th sometime next year. The houses we are mostly looking at are around 1600 - 2000 sq ft.

Also, how much do you guys typically spend annually on heating fuel (for homes that are heated through oil)

Thanks for taking the time to reply
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:36 PM
 
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Oil would be in between 1000 to 2000 gallons a year. You can multiply that by the current price. Electricity would be anywhere from $120 and up. Obviously you put on ten layers of clothing, drop the temps to 62 degrees you will save a lot more. Drafty windows, poor insulation or old windows would equal a higher bill.
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:31 AM
 
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In my case it's $ 30/month for water and about $ 500/month for natural gas + electricity.
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Old 09-27-2016, 09:54 AM
 
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we are family of 4 and live in the 1750 sq house.
$400 - $500 per month for gas and electricity in winter months: december, january, february and march.
$50 per month for water.
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Old 09-27-2016, 11:20 AM
 
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2400 sq. ft. home
Oil fueled steam heat
Gas stove & water

Between mid-October and early May we used 900 gallons @ $1.85 a gallon (average). As a caveat: there was someone home 24/7 from late October until mid-February, so heat was running constantly @ 68/70. Expect to use maybe 10-20% if everyone is out at work & school during the day.
During the summer (July-Sept) our gas & electricity bill gets up to $180 a month, but drops down to around $90/100 the rest of the year.
We pay about $25/30 a month for water, higher in the summer if we run sprinklers.
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Old 09-27-2016, 12:40 PM
 
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Hello All,

We are searching for homes in westchester and were just wondering what the average costs for electricity and water are. Working on the budget and trying to allocate some $ in each category.

We are a family of 3 and planning on the 4th sometime next year. The houses we are mostly looking at are around 1600 - 2000 sq ft.

Also, how much do you guys typically spend annually on heating fuel (for homes that are heated through oil)

Thanks for taking the time to reply
Just a warning, insulation in a home can have a HUGE impact on heating costs. I am talking about 30 - 35% and when you are dealing with 1000 gallons of oil per year, another 350 gallons at $2 per gallon can really add up. I recommend having an energy audit done on any house you are looking at. Make sure the house is well sealed and insulated. Someone can spend $1200 to heat one house and over $2000 in a house that looks the same on the outside, but is VERY different inside the walls, attics, basements and siding.

The same is for electricity in the summer months, but its cheaper to cool than heat for the most part.
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Old 09-28-2016, 08:26 AM
 
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Thanks to everyone who replied. Yes, I plan on getting an energy audit done after I buy and make any required changes or is this something that can be included in the home buying process? Has anyone done something like this?
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:20 AM
 
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Thanks to everyone who replied. Yes, I plan on getting an energy audit done after I buy and make any required changes or is this something that can be included in the home buying process? Has anyone done something like this?
I have seen energy audits as part of the home buying process. Its more likely to occur in older homes, but you can ask about it. Have your attorney put it into your offer and your rider to the contract. The worst the seller can do is refuse to sign based on this. It can't hurt you to include it and then remove it later if you decide its not worth a fight. If they say yes, get one done and then depnding on the contract language you use, you can maybe get out of the house if its really bad.
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:13 AM
 
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$500 to $700 per month for gas and electricity in the winter.
How big is your house?
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:18 PM
 
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How big is your house?
These questions are so subjective. My thermostat is set on 68 when we are awake and in the house, 60 when we are asleep and 50 when we are not in the house in the winter.

My neighbor on one side thinks I am crazy for letting it stay "cold". They keep their house 76 when awake and in the house, 72 when they sleep and 60 when not in the house in the winter.

Their heating bills is about double mine. It can cost a lot more to add 8 or 10 degrees to a house. So much of this is dependent on the personal choices one makes.
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