M.K. asks from Glendale, CA on March 25, 2010
How Much Is Your Electric Bill Each Month
I got my electric bill this month - and again was astonished, as I always am during the winter months - our bill was $275, we live in an 800 sq ft trailer, we use electric to cook, heat our water and we have an electric heat pump.
My mil who live next dr in a 3000 sq ft 4 bed house's bill was $250, My husband thinks it's because we have a heat pump, they are expensive to run, but I believe my MIL has one too - I just wanted to compare other people's bills to see if I am worrying about nothing.
incidentally during the summer when we use our A/C and no heating it drops to around $150
J.F. answers from Minneapolis on March 25, 2010
You mentioned you live in a trailer.....that's the reason your bill is so high. No matter how new it may be, mobile homes are not built with hardly any insulation. I lived in one and in the winter the walls would ice over on the inside!
My mom (yes, my mom) framed in the inside of the walls, installed insulation, and then new drywall over that. She also insulated the ceiling and reroofed the trailer. It made ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
Look at what you can do to improve the insulation and windows and doors(most windows in trailers are only single paned and metal). It may be worth spending the money up front to save on the heat bills.
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C.S. answers from Charlotte on March 25, 2010
Our house is 1400 sqft. We heat with gas heat pump and cool with electricity. In the winter our gas bill avg. about $120 and power bill avg. $30, in the summer our gas bill avg. $50 and power avg. $80 - $90. So combined throughout the year on gas and electric we avg. about $150.
Your gas bill might be up because of the insulation in your home.
J.P. answers from Los Angeles on March 25, 2010
We live in California on the beach and our gas runs about $120 each month and electric has been between $150-$220. We live in a 2,000sq ft.
G.B. answers from Tulsa on March 25, 2010
When we lived in an older home with lath and plaster walls with brick on the outside the gas and elec bill were each about $400. per month in their peak months. Now that we live in a 16'X80' our gas is about $70 per month on the average monthly billing. Our elec is about $275 per month on the average monthly billing. If we didn't do the averaging program it would be too much for us to handle in Summer, because the Summer Elec. bill can easily be over $575.
Our H/A unit is only a 2 ton and with our trailer the minimum size unit would be a 3 ton, so it runs from about noon until midnight without cooling below 80 degrees.
There have been times we just let the gas go and use the microwave, electric griddles and skillets, portable electric heaters, etc...and the elec. bill doesn't change much, but without the gas bill it is much easier to manage. Since my grandkids have come to live with me I can't make those same choices but we still manage to pay the bills.
S.S. answers from Daytona Beach on March 25, 2010
i would definitely agree tht it's the insulation issue. also maybe the windows if they aren't insulated, too. i live in fl 1200sq ft and mine runs btwn $140-$180 this winter.
C.P. answers from Dallas on March 25, 2010
how old is your water heater and how well insulated is it during the winter? Also, check the windows, doors, etc.
Good luck! ~C.
V.C. answers from Dallas on March 25, 2010
Our house is much bigger and the bill is about the same as yours.
We switched to Stream Energy and locked in a rate. You may want to check that out.
C.M. answers from Austin on March 25, 2010
Is the GAS bill or the Electric? Are they different bills there?
Here in Round Rock we pay about 12 cents per kwh. In Austin (10 miles south) it was 6. Check your rates to see if you have the "variable" rates. They change from month to month and are generally higher in the winter due to the cost of heating oil.
We end up paying about 170$ in winter.