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Gas and Electric Bill

January 14th, 2014 at 10:39 am

We are budget billed on our gas and electric provider, still using less than previous owner as our budget bill was set-up using their average 12 months. We pay the budget amount every month, but the meters are read every two months.

I logged on our account and noticed the meter has been read, and I compared it to same time last year:

Electric:
2014/01/10 703kWH $139.76
2013/01/09 731kWH $137.64

**Average daily cost for billing period was $2.1838/ day.
**Average cost of energy purchased was $0.06605/ kWH.

Gas:
2014/01/10 226CCF $314.09
2013/01/09 232CCF $320.02

**Average daily cost for billing period was $4.9077/ day.
**Average cost of energy purchased was $0.56027/ CCF.

Using less, however, obviously, it appears electric was cheaper the previous year for the same period.

In addition, it appears we could have done even better in the gas department if it wasn't for the Polar Vortex!

11 Responses to “Gas and Electric Bill”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    We got both bills yesterday, too. $136 gas. I forgot the electric--maybe $35? You must live in a more expensive and/or colder, darker area!

  2. Xtreme Thunder Says:

    Joan, are those amounts for one month usage or two?! We live half way between NYC and Albany (New York). -Joe

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Doh! Sorry, my reading skills seem to be in the toilet lately. Yes, my bills are for one month, based on actual readings. But I guess your area is colder and darker than mine in St Louis, MO. Wink

  4. Xtreme Thunder Says:

    It's all good as I was about to say! Still though, curious to know your kWH or CCF for electric and gas usage respectively to really compare. I know where we live is considered a higher cost of living. It could be colder than your location, but I wouldn't say it's darker than average. We do have aging appliances (electric stove/ oven), but all lights are CFLs (I would like to change them out to LED [2nd generation Cree brand w/ 10yr warranties], but waiting for the home improvement store gift cards to pile up!.

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Winter electric rate first 750 kWh-- 8.48 cents/kWh
    Add to that a municipal charge of $1.84.
    So my last bill was for 408 kWh and it totaled $46.00

    Two computers running 12-15 hours per day. All CF bulbs. Only major electric appliance is refrigerator. Use microwave oven for food warm-ups.

    **********

    Natural gas--- Our actual usage was 158 CCF and total bill is $136.42. We have a gas furnace, stove, water heater, and dryer. I was sick last month which meant I used the dryer (normally hang to dry) and turned up the thermostat so as not to fight illness in a chilly house. For five days we also heated a room that is normally closed off (I think 14 X 16, biggest room in house). The gas usage was 21% higher than any in the last year.

    Our house is 980 square feet with 8 ft ceilings and partially heated basement. Two people.

  6. Xtreme Thunder Says:

    Joan, thanks much for the reply, I appreciate you taking the time to post the info!

    It appears we can do better on electric, as I mentioned, we do have aging appliances (electric stove), and a 3 year old electric dryer, which, even though newer, it's still a high electric consumer! Probably the darn fridge too. No computer running, we both use 3 year old iPads.

    Natural Gas, appears to be comparable, we have a natural gas forced air furnace and gas fired hot water heater. I would love to convert the stove hook-up to natural gas if we were ready to replace it, actually, DW would LOVE that!

    Our house is a 760 sf, 2 bed, 1 bath, 1960 ranch with walk out basement, 8ft ceilings (no cathedral), 2 people, new fiberglass double pane, argon gas filled, Low E3 glass windows. Wall insulation is most likely lacking and floor and attic insulation is slightly less than minimum recommended for our climate. In the attic is R30, while energy site recommends R49-R60 in the attic.

    -Joe

  7. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    So, I just got up and turned off two lights!

    I've been mumbling and bumbling about getting some kind of insulation for years. We have none. Not a thing, unless you count the window quilts on 3 windows and insulated curtains on 3 others.

  8. Xtreme Thunder Says:

    Ugh, I must have done the same thing you originally did! Ahh! I was thinking your 403kWH for electric was for 2 months, but I was thinking about the natural gas properly.

    Okay, so our 703kWH/2 = 351kWH per month, so in comparison to your 403kWH usage, electric isn't that bad, at least for the cold and dry months when we don't have to run the stinkin' dehumidifier in the basement. I still would like newer energy star rated appliances at some point.

    I forgot to mention our thermostat is set for 68 degrees constantly in winter months.

  9. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Joe, if you will keep replying, I will save money because every time you reply I look around and see that I can go turn off the kitchen light. (Oh, that one is an old fashioned circular fluorescent fixture, two bulbs.)

    We turn heat down to 58-63 at night depending on how we feel. Daytime it is 64-68, again, "depending."

    It sounds to me like you are doing pretty good with your energy utilities.

  10. Xtreme Thunder Says:

    Joan, is that a Kitchen light on?...with nobody actually in the Kitchen?! Big Grin

  11. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Yeah...but this time the darn kitchen light is off, and the thermostat is at 61F.

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