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How much do you pay to keep your house warm? Like to get some ideas on keeping cost down

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I haven't opened my bill yet, sort of scared to lol.  Every winter, I always try to see if others have suggestions on what they do to keep their electric/gas bills down.  To share what we have done to help lower our bills.  My winter Electric bill is usually around $100/mo.  (haven't checked my current one).  Sometimes, when I'm not home a lot, vacations etc.  it's lower.  My gas is usually around $75/mo. or so.  My applicances are gas.  So, I don't use my oven.  I don't use my dryer, I hang my clothes outside.  I can get away with it even in Winter. 

 I never use my central heat/air.  I use a oil-filled heater & bascially hang out in my bedroom.  (it's kinda small).  The rest of the house is very cold.  We have a fireplace though, that we also use a lot.  Before, winter comes we take our truck & go up to the local Mountains & get our wood.  Then, we also buy a cord of wood.  That usually last 2 Winters.   I have 2 rooms that get a lot sun through the windows, so I use the natural heat from the sun to warm those rooms.  It's my bedroom & a big bonus room.  Even right now, without turning on the portable heater, it's very warm :)  That's how I save on my utilities.  How does everyone else.?

by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 2:19 PM
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by Platinum Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Wow, how nice :)  Yes, I have a sister & mom that lives in AZ.  My sister in the So. part & my mom the No. part.  My sister once said, not sure it's the same now.  She paid a flat fee in the summer, so she could have her house cool all summer long.  She said she paid (at that time several yrs. ago) $150/mo.  Is that the same now?  How much do you pay to keep your house cool, if I can ask.  Is it similiar to what my sister said she does.

Quoting JP-StrongForTwo:

We dont spend anything. We live in southern arizona, the temps outside get pretty cold at night, 30s 40s, and 50s and 60s during the day. but the house is nice and insulated, and stays around 65 during the day and over night. with warm clothing and extra blankets, we do fine. i dont turn the heater on at all. 

its summer time that we suffer lol. there is no way around using the AC when its 120* outside. 

by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

last fall we replaced all of our window to triple pane with the gas inside and I haven't see a difference in heat costs. I don't feel drafts now though.

by Bronze Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM
Ours is about 200 a month and we have crappy insulation and windows but we keep the heat at 73
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by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:19 PM

 I need it warm. I have the 3 layer rule- if after three layers of clothes, I am still cold- I will turn up the heat. I will not compromise. Now when it comes to the a/c- that can stay off all summer. It's on only for the kids and dh. But I go outside in the summer to get warm- my house is too cold.

Our avaerage monthly gas/electric bill is about $250

Quoting Naturewoman4:

Yes, I agree if you work & make good money, you do deserve it.  I guess, being I was a SAHM & even when I worked p/t, I still had to be very careful with our expenses.  Even now the kids are gone, we still have to be careful.  I guess, people choose what to spend their money on.  I like my gym & taking traveling.  So, that's what I don't mind spending my money on.  So, I have to cut corners in all the other areas.

Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 I turn the heat on and enjoy me some warmth!

Seriously though- I keep the heat to 68 during the day when everyone is home otherwise it goes down to 64 at night and when we are out. A pot of soup on the stove does wonders to heat the house and it does give a little warmth when consumed too.

We have insulated our home with siding and windows. But aside from that I will not suffer and lock myself in 1 or 2 rooms of my home and refuse to use the stove. We are fortunate to make a decent living and gosh darn it I work my butt off to be able to come home to a nice warm cozy 2700+square foot home. I am going to enjoy every inch of it with warmth.



by Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

We got a brand new high efficiency furnace last year when our old one broke down.  So it cut our bill in half thank goodness....we have propane and it's like $1.40 a gallon or so and minimum fill of 100 gallons.  We have had it filled once.  Will have to go check to see what the percentage is again.  We live in Minnesota.

by Bronze Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM
That's good to know dh wants those windows.

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

last fall we replaced all of our window to triple pane with the gas inside and I haven't see a difference in heat costs. I don't feel drafts now though.

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by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

i'm thinking from the inside, but I'm not sure. Its probably something we should have done, but I like being able to look out my windows.

Quoting Naturewoman4:

We have dual pane windows, that helps a lot.  I heard of that plastic or something over your windows.  I think I'm going to try that.  It would be from the inside though right?  Maybe, I need to google that & see exactly what type of covering I should use. 

Quoting aimhawk:

I think it could be even cheaper in this trailer if it were insulated properly and everything. Its free so I am not complaining. Lol. They say putting plastic over the windows in the winter helps keep the heat in.

Quoting Naturewoman4:

That's pretty good, perhaps because it is a small trailer.  Something, we've also considered.  We use window air. cond. in two of our rooms.  It works GREAT!  We can keep it as cool as we want & our bill is usually not over $50 in the summer.  That problem is solved.  We're going to put another one this summer, the biggest they make & put in the living room.


Quoting aimhawk:

We are currently staying in a small two bedroom trailer while saving money to buy a house in a few months. There is an electric window unit that heats and cools. Our last month's bill was around $130.

by Platinum Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Wow, that does sound like an awful lot!  You must live in a cooler State as well.  I always wondered what the utilties must be like for those that live in those really cold places & what they do.  I have learned a lot of little hints already, that could be helpful.  I shouldn't complain too much, because we really don't pay too much.  (hope not, haven't check our current bill yet).  But, I swear it seems here in CA they ripped you off. 

 I sit around in 2 rooms of my house that is warm from the sun during the daytime.  When I go out, I make sure I keep all the curtains open.  Come home to 2 rooms that are really warm.  Then, when dark comes I use my fireplace.  In the evenings we go into our bedroom (small) & turn on our oil-filled heater & set the therm. That's all we are paying for.  Still it seems our bills are high.  I would think they would be much lower, for how little we turn on anything.  There's just my husband & I to take showers.  I take them about every other day & wash my hair about 3 times a wk.  I'm in & out to save on heating the water.  I don't use an oven.  Still it seems high to me, I wonder why when I don't use hardly any gas/electric. 

Quoting Dzyre1115:

 Our electric is $300.00 a month and we use about $300.00 every six weeks in gas.

by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

 I just set our programmable thermostat and let it do it's thing.  We put extra blankets on the bed and everyone is nice and warm at night.  Our house isn't huge.  It's 1675 sq. ft.  It was built 10 years ago, so it may be more efficient than other homes.

Quoting Naturewoman4:

That's so good!!  Do you try & not turn on the gas/electric, & just use a wood-stove or fireplace, & wear warm clothes inside.  When it's really cold, I wear a hat & scarf.  Plus, heavy pants & sweater. 

Quoting OHgirlinCA:

 In a "bad" month my bill usually doesn't exceed $150.00 for both gas and electric. 

Quoting Naturewoman4:

That's seems to me utility bill would be kinda high though?  Right now my house (with just using the sunlight to warm my house) is under 60.  55 or so.  I'm cold, but I stay in the warm room of my house. 

Quoting OHgirlinCA:

 We keep the thermostat at 62 at night and while we're away, and 68 when we're home. 





by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Our bill went up this month it's $260.  That's electric and gas.  The electric is at least $100 even in the winter.  They switch places in the summer where my gas is low and electric high.  The peak bill in summer/winter is usually August/January $350.

We have all new windows so that helps.  Other then that idk what else would really work.

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