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post #16 of 27
my gas/electric bill doenst fluctuate more than $5 any given month of the year living in LA county

on average I pay about $25/month for gas and $35/month for electric in a 1600+ sqft townhouse. I dont run the heat in winter because I like it colder (it's never *that* cold anyways) and I dont run the AC in summer much because I'm rarely home during the daytime (mon - sun) when it's hottest, and I'll kick on the AC for about an hour in the early eve to cool off a bit but that's it.
post #17 of 27
After living 2 weeks with no power (read: NO A/C!) for almost 2 weeks after pour last hurricane, I would be willing to pay whatever they want to charge me just to be able to take hot showers and stay cool in 95F temperature and 90% humidity.

Jon.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by tiger02
You should try living in Germany. EVERYTHING is absurdly expensive. Keep in mind that I'm not even on the same continent as my apartment right now.

Electricity: 120 Euros
Phone and Internet: thankfully were willing to shut them off. Had been 110 Euros
Heat, cable, and water: 120 euros (I use one room heater, in the bathroom. Everywhere else I dress warm. I shower at work and German cable doesn't even work on my American TV)
Moving downstairs, same building: 400 euros for a new phone number
And everyone's favorite, gas: 1.10 euro a liter
Dude, how long have you been away now? It was 1,30 EUR/l for Super yesterday. But today it was back down to 1,29, so that's a relief.
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by Get Smart
my gas/electric bill doenst fluctuate more than $5 any given month of the year living in LA county

on average I pay about $25/month for gas and $35/month for electric in a 1600+ sqft townhouse. I dont run the heat in winter because I like it colder (it's never *that* cold anyways) and I dont run the AC in summer much because I'm rarely home during the daytime (mon - sun) when it's hottest, and I'll kick on the AC for about an hour in the early eve to cool off a bit but that's it.

During my six years in LA, I closed all my windows about a dozen times, and turned the heat on about half a doen times. On the other hand, I really like it cold, so my AC was constantly at full blast whenever I was home during the summer months. I often had to wear a sweatshirt indoors when it was 90+ ourdoors.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by LA Guy
Wwe rent the entire floor of a three storey house, and I think that the peak gas bill this year was $250/month. Of course, 1) Landlord installed new windows recently, 2) The house is only occupied for about 5-7 daylight hours, and 3) the thermostat is set at 65 F or lower (I grew up in Canada, and have can walk around in 60 F with no shirt unless I am sick.) Jen is from SoCal, so 65 F was a compromise.

Eef, what's canada got to do with it? I'm in montreal and my apartment is 80 when it's cold outside. I guess I'm just a wimp! I turn it down to sleep but only cause I like the cold air on my face when my body is all warm under the covers.

Of course, in the summer I blast the A/C. The single best thing about my apartment is that it's a huge building and heat and hot water (I take LONG showers ) are included in the rent so I can be as inefficient as I want!

However, when I was living in a tiny studio apartment and I was paying my electricity, it was costing me $200+/mo in the winter =/
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by Fritz
Dude, how long have you been away now? It was 1,30 EUR/l for Super yesterday. But today it was back down to 1,29, so that's a relief.
Four and a half months or so, but I run on regular gas.
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by tiger02
Four and a half months or so, but I run on regular gas.
OK, 1,25 EUR/l should do you then. In terms of unit pricing that is more than most beverages I consume, lol.
On the plus side this thread made me realise that I can't complain about my electricity bill. I pay less than 30 Euros per month for a one person/ 1 BR household. I do splurge on my hot showers though. There are 24 apartments in my complex, with about 40 people living here. When I was shocked at my water bill, I looked up what I had consumed, and it was ten percent of all the warm water in the house. I was charged accordingly.
post #23 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Fritz
OK, 1,25 EUR/l should do you then. In terms of unit pricing that is more than most beverages I consume, lol.
On the plus side this thread made me realise that I can't complain about my electricity bill. I pay less than 30 Euros per month for a one person/ 1 BR household. I do splurge on my hot showers though. There are 24 apartments in my complex, with about 40 people living here. When I was shocked at my water bill, I looked up what I had consumed, and it was ten percent of all the warm water in the house. I was charged accordingly.
Now that you mention that, part of my problem is probably the water heater - it is down in an uninsulated basement storage area. What I am really trying to figure out is how much I would save on energy costs by moving to a more efficient apartment, at least until I can find something I'm interested in buying.
post #24 of 27
I dig those who are bad-ass enough to cut heat in New England. If you really want to be balls-out, you should try Cape Cod in winter. In a house that has very little insulation. It's do-able with blankets and heavy socks and sweaters and whatnot.

J.: I say you pull an "Invisible Man" and go off the grid by plugging directly into it.
post #25 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Horace
I dig those who are bad-ass enough to cut heat in New England. If you really want to be balls-out, you should try Cape Cod in winter. In a house that has very little insulation. It's do-able with blankets and heavy socks and sweaters and whatnot.

J.: I say you pull an "Invisible Man" and go off the grid by plugging directly into it.
I remember this one night this kid cut off his right arm, in a bid to save a bit of power. He got 50,000 watts from a big acoustic tower.
post #26 of 27
There are water heater insulation jackets you can wrap them in, little fiberglass blankets. Anything to slow down the conduction is a help... Between LPG, electricity, and oil,we get a heavy hit, too. Regards, Huntsman
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by j
I remember this one night this kid cut off his right arm, in a bid to save a bit of power. He got 50,000 watts from a big acoustic tower.

So it goes. But, take a look at the bridegroom, smilin' pleased as pie.
Shakin' hands all around with a glassy look in his eye.
He's got a real good job and his shirt and tie is nice,
But I remember a time when she never would have looked at him twice!
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