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Old 08-05-2008, 06:59 PM
 
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Hi - Can anybody give me a approximation of how much annual fuel and electricity costs would be for a 2000 square foot house in Westchester?
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Old 08-05-2008, 07:07 PM
 
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Default It's expensive. We have a 2400 sq ft house.

Gas Heat and cental air. This past year winter bills average $700 - $800 a month, summer $300 - $400 a month. We are planning to re-insulate this year to see if if helps with the bills. Also, someone is home all day so the heat/AC is on most of the time.
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Old 08-06-2008, 06:09 AM
 
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Josmyth - Thanks. To conserve energy you might also want to look into ceiling fans. I had them in my previous home and I didn't need to run the air conditioner until the temperature got close to 80 degrees.
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Old 08-06-2008, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Jupiter
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Hi - Can anybody give me a approximation of how much annual fuel and electricity costs would be for a 2000 square foot house in Westchester?
Each house is different as is each homeowner...some will keep the heat at 72 degrees all day...others at 68...same goes with the air conditioning...so what goes for one...may not go for you...

When I bought my first house...the sellers were elderly looking to move to Florida...they kept the heat high in the winter and the A/C low in the summer...The first thing I did was put in a Programable Thermostat...although I am not sure what it did for me...I can tell you that when I put one in a friends house...their overall bills for electric and gas went down 25%....so I guess they work...next was insulation in the attic, then windows/weather stripping around the doors/etc...and a new furnace...(a new furnace alone can save you 30% if you believe the adds)...My overall bills for electric and gas dropped so much...that the utility company sent out an investigator to see if I was stealing......so I guess the improvements worked...
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Old 08-08-2008, 06:57 PM
 
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Gas Heat and cental air. This past year winter bills average $700 - $800 a month, summer $300 - $400 a month. We are planning to re-insulate this year to see if if helps with the bills. Also, someone is home all day so the heat/AC is on most of the time.
We've managed to get the heat for a 1700 SF split around $500 using gas. Set the thermostat at 66 or so.

Summer, we're consistently at $300-$400 a month with the air raging. We have, however, replaced just about every light in the house with a fluorescent. We do have some computer gear that's on all the time.

Nevertheless, the kids STILL don't realize that the same switch that turns the lights on turns them off.
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