It's that time of Year: How high's the heating bill?

jmminarik's picture

Last months for us was $404 with the heat set on 67-69 the entire month (34 days billed) ..average of 6 cubic feet of natural gas per day as compared to 3 cubic last year. This winter brookes so badly, my normal february SAD episode hit just after new years. ;-)

Hi Brooke's Mom!

dan's picture

jmminarik wrote:Hi Brooke's

jmminarik wrote:

Hi Brooke's Mom!

Yeah, Hi Brooke's Mom!

zempf's picture

Ugh, ours was pretty bad,

Ugh, ours was pretty bad, around $425 or so. It's not even that warm in here :/

ronchito's picture

$200 63 degrees - morning,

$200
63 degrees - morning, day & overnight
68 degrees - evenings when i'm home

roma258's picture

Mine is $149.63. Square

Mine is $149.63. Square footage is around 1000. I keep it at 68-71 most of the time. Having a small home pays off in the winter!

stillLife's picture

Sq Ft. 1200 Heat: Gas /

Sq Ft. 1200
Heat: Gas / Central Air
Temp: 60 M-F 8am to 6pm 67-68 Evenings and weekends

Our bill was around 150 and then just spiked to 220 this last month.

lexschmidt's picture

$150. keep the house at 56

$150. keep the house at 56 at night and 60 during the day. i think most of the heat leaks out the front door.

zempf's picture

It doesn't help that I work

It doesn't help that I work from home & thus can't keep it freezing during the day as I'd like to. I'm still wearing three layers of clothing though.

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

two story rowhouse.

two story rowhouse. unfortunately on one side is an abandoned church and on the other side the first floor is a garage.

my housemate and I never turned the thermostat up past 65 last month and the bill came to $342. we immediately agreed to turn the heat off completely and just shelter ourselves in our bedrooms with our space heaters the rest of the winter.

Nunzio's picture

Here's a link to a series of

Here's a link to a series of tips and information to cut your gas bill and deal with the bite. It ran in the Daily News this past fall. There is a lot of useful information. Get to clickin'.

http://www.philly.com/dailynews/hot_topics/34703179.html

Here's a link to the PGW LIHEAP website. Eligibility is based on family size and income.

www.pgworks.com/liheap

brooke's picture

Mine was $245 for 1500

Mine was $245 for 1500 square feet with new windows and about half the house is really insulated now (and it's an end unit) and I usually keep it between 64 and 66 during the day and 57-60 at night. Sometimes if I know I won't be home most of the day, I'll freeze the dogs out at 62.

frankdatank's picture

189$ for a 3 story, 5 bed,

189$ for a 3 story, 5 bed, 2500+ sq foot row. New gas, hot air heater installed 5-08, seems to be paying off Heat in on 64 daytime, never above 69 at night or I will sweat to death on the 3rd floor

Nunzio's picture

I gotta say, it's great to

I gotta say, it's great to see that folks keep that thermostat turned down. That's very important.

c12arts's picture

$438 1100 sq ft. 65 degrees

$438 1100 sq ft. 65 degrees and it's still freezing in here

dan's picture

We have oil heat, so dunno...

We have oil heat, so dunno...

george's picture

The answer is out there...

The answer is out there...

Larry99's picture

3 story 5 bed row, with very

3 story 5 bed row, with very old windows. 68 degF during the day, 60 at night. $325.

I saw a fox news consumer report on those amish stoves last night. They were the lowest rated, highest priced unit in the space heater category. basically a big rip-off (big surprise) and made in China.

codergrrl's picture

3 Story, five bedrooms,

3 Story, five bedrooms, three sides exposed.
New windows, (mostly).
Avg. themostat setting 72-74
$197.00 on the budget.
Just looked it up to be sure, 1680 sq. ft.

citidove's picture

3 story, single....most new

3 story, single....most new windows...radiator heat....very old furnace (1954)
You guys are toasty compared to us....
thermostat usually between 62-64 day, 58-60 at night. Supplementing with space heaters/ gas fireplace.
no good wall insulation/ $400.

stilljes's picture

3 story, 1800 sq feet, keep

3 story, 1800 sq feet, keep the thermostat at 67 when we're home and walking about (3 hrs a day), 60 otherwise. The cats and dogs have fur. :) Brandy new furnace.

$284. It's really nothing compared to the last house we lived in, so no complaints. I wish the flippers put in better windows though.

karen's picture

1200 sqft. 3 bedrooms,

1200 sqft. 3 bedrooms, radiant water heating.
exposed on all four sides.
63 during the day and night.
space heaters in the eve if i'm home.
$281.

codergrrl's picture

off topic, Can you have

off topic,
Can you have heated pavements?
I went past Berks and Belgrade this morning, and that new building had absolutely no ice or snow on its pavement, and I kinda saw steam coming up off the pavement, but couldn't see a dryer vent or anything that would cause it.

jbette01's picture

670 sq ft, exposed on one

670 sq ft, exposed on one side, vacant unit on other. Some new windows. 58 when I travel, 63 during the day, 68 in the evening. $109 on budget plan.

Just a friendly PSA from the glass and windows lady :cool: ...

If you have south or east facing new or good quality windows, keep those blinds or shades open during the day to take advantage of passive solar heating. Pull the blinds or drapes closed for west or north windows as well as old windows to cut down on the cold air conduction and convection in the window frame.

th's picture

1500sq ft. 4 bedroom newish

1500sq ft. 4 bedroom newish windows and furnace $125 last month. we keep it at 59 day, 63-64 evenings, and 58 over night. Lots of down blankets and layers.

Bathroom is exposed on 4 sides - it gets really cold in the morning.

jmminarik's picture

th wrote:1500sq ft. 4

th wrote:

1500sq ft. 4 bedroom newish windows and furnace $125 last month. we keep it at 59 day, 63-64 evenings, and 58 over night. Lots of down blankets and layers.

Bathroom is exposed on 4 sides - it gets really cold in the morning.

Uhm, aren't those called outhouses? :dontknow:

dan's picture

jmminarik wrote:th

jmminarik wrote:
th wrote:

Bathroom is exposed on 4 sides - it gets really cold in the morning.

Uhm, aren't those called outhouses? :dontknow:

hexagonal bathroom?

Kat's picture

Big huge drafty house. Only

Big huge drafty house. Only the first floor gets heat because of the crazy vents in this old house. Also, some rooms have no vents at all due to add-ons and remodels. In order for the second floor to get heat the first floor has to be like a convection oven. Huge freezing drafts come through the pocket doors and any openings. Even through every one of the fairly new windows probably due to the house shifting. I don't even want Nunzio to tell me what our heating bill is. It will just depress me.

th's picture

dan wrote:jmminarik wrote:th

dan wrote:
jmminarik wrote:
th wrote:

Bathroom is exposed on 4 sides - it gets really cold in the morning.

Uhm, aren't those called outhouses? :dontknow:

hexagonal bathroom?

It is above the kitchen off the second floor. That means only the one wall connecting to the second floor, and the floor over the kitchen are not exposed to the outside ... that leaves 3 wall + the roof - 4 sides.

Think of it like this - a cube has 6 sides. 2 of those sides are attached to the other parts of the house (1 wall + the floor). That leaves 4 sides of our cube exposed (3 walls + roof).

dan's picture

ah.... conventionally a roof

ah.... conventionally a roof is not counted as a "side" when referring to architecture

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Yes, you can. Remember

Yes, you can. Remember Fumo's mansion; all the pavement is heated.

codergrrl wrote:

off topic,
Can you have heated pavements?
I went past Berks and Belgrade this morning, and that new building had absolutely no ice or snow on its pavement, and I kinda saw steam coming up off the pavement, but couldn't see a dryer vent or anything that would cause it.

Trixie's picture

My apartment is freezing.

My apartment is freezing. We finally gave in and put up the ghetto plastic over our windows and that worked pretty well for a week or so. Now the plastic is already starting to fall down. My room mate is talking about using duct tape to fix it. Our heating bill is insane for an apartment, almost $250.00 a month and we keep it between 63 and 65 degrees. So we know the place is very poorly insulated, the windows are crap and its cold all the time, and we are paying a fortune for very little comfort. Yeah!!! Anybody have one of those electric fireplaces? Do you like it?