posted on Dec, 28 2017 @ 02:45 PM
originally posted by: watchitburn
$284 is still pretty ridiculous.
Even in the summer with my ac blasting 24/7 my bill is never more than about $100
Not really, don't be misleading. For proper comparison, you should have at least stated the age of your abode, house age matters. As does climate. I
live in MI and have 2 sub-zero morning lows already this winter. It ain't going to get any warmer or cheaper for a WHILE.
Older houses that are leakier or less insulated cost more to heat/cool. In FL, where the seasons are just Hot and Holy F#, I'd expect a bill that high
at least a couple months out of the year, and I did pay around $250, give or take. The building was older, built in the 70's, and had good insulation,
but it was still damn hot. Those quarterly bills our Aussie members were so kind to share? Normal where I was in FL.
Here in MI, my summer bills push $50 at best because we have no A/C (July/August sucks for me) But winter electric is around $250 even with gas heat.
The gas heat doesn't thoroughly heat the house aside from downstairs, therefore we rely on space heaters upstairs (poorly insulated old house with
leaks we're STILL chasing down 3 years later) Total winter heating between electric and gas combined is about $350 for me. Might push $450 in
Seriously, it's not that we're doing anything wrong, it's just an 80 year old, leaky house with big windows and poor insulation. We're the only house
on the block with a clear roof after snow -- guess where we lose our heat through consistently? There's a lot of cost-effective upgrades we'd be doing
if we ever bought the place, but it's pretty limited to heat/UV reflective tint on the windows, thermal curtains in the winter, patching cracks,
making sure reachable duct leaks get sealed, and upgrading/installing weather stripping when you rent.
edit on 12/28/2017 by Nyiah because:
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