How much is your heating bill??

  1. I heard on the news this morning that the cost of natural gas has nearly doubled in the last six months. And that for those who heat their homes with natural gas, the cost is, of course , double last years' cost. I was just curious. What do you use to heat your house? Natural gas? Coal oil? What___________?
    And, how much was your December bill? Please Check the checkbook. I'm curious. And are your friends & neighbors complaing? Has anyone noticed?
  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   caliotter3
    A new concern for me too. I used to live in a 3 BR house and had lower utility bills than I now have for a 1 BR apt with way less than half the square footage. I also work 16 hrs per day and w travel time average very little time at home. I have started keeping the heat off lock stock and barrel b/c I can't afford everything. (And I live in Cali where everyone knows it doesn't get very chilly to begin with). My first apt bill: $115, second one $125. I have even taken everything out of the outlets except the refrig and stove (b/c I can't reach it) b/c I read somewhere that if an appliance is turned off but plugged into the outlet, it still draws a very small amt of elec. My apt is mostly elec. I don't why they also charge me for gas b/c I haven't figured out what is gas yet and intend to ask the apt. managers.
  4. by   Rena RN 2003
    we heat with fuel oil and fill our 300 gal tank usually once a season. this year it cost around $315 but we are going to have to add prolly another $100 to get through because of the cold weather we've been having.

    we have a small 3 br ranch but it is so easy to heat. we've been very lucky so far.
  5. by   Glad2behere
    Total electric, from a rural co-op, averages about $300 mo., if I heat half the house it's about $185. Same for AC.
  6. by   emily_mom
    We have LP. We fill it in the summer (b/c it's cheap) and it has lasted us until now. We will order some this week and it SHOULD last us, but sometimes we have to order more in April. The summer fill cost us about 250 but this one will be more like 500. We have a 4 bedroom house but don't heat the upstairs as no one is up there.

  7. by   passing thru
    Cal: Is it the hot water heater? Is it heating too hot? I'd ask management-maintenance people for advice...doesn't sound right. Dishwashers: I read they use more electricity than anything else and that a good thing to do after washing is to open door and let "drip dry"..skip the heating/dry cycle.
    Last edit by passing thru on Jan 20, '03
  8. by   Tweety
    Here in Florida, it was $88.00 last month. But I'm a wimp, I turn it on when it gets 65 degrees outside. John and I fuss all the time because he wants it off when he sleeps.

    It's been a cold winter, so I suspect next month it should reach over $100.00. Considering it's Florida, that's high in my opinion.

    All electric.
  9. by   Mkue
    Ohio- we personally use Geo-Thermal heating/cooling.

    For our fireplace we use propane and the price has gone up.
  10. by   passing thru
    Interpretation please.
  11. by   Furball
    I used to pay for oil heat, propane for hot water and electric for everything else in NY.

    Now I live in the south, electric everything and my bill is $100 or less each month....what a relief!

    We did buy wood for the fireplace which we use on "cold" nights.
  12. by   CountrifiedRN
    We have electric everything and my bill usually runs about $175 to $200 per month. I think part of the problem is that our windows and doors are not well insulated.
  13. by   colleen10
    I'm in Pittsburgh, PA where the past couple weeks have been in the teens and low 20's, with windchill it's more like 0 outside.

    Our house is gas heat, water heater, stove and dryer. Everything else is electric.

    Our December gas bill was about $250.00. Our house is about 75 years old so the external walls aren't insulated and there may be a few drafts throughout the house. It is a two story with a semi finished basement. We keep the temp. down to 63-64 during the day when we are not at home, then pump it up to 70 or so when we are home in the evening and then turn it back down to 64 at night when we go to bed. We have a real difficulty getting the heat up to the second floor, it's kind of luke warm up there. We just bought an electric heater for our bedroom because even if we cranked up the heat we still have problems getting the warm air circulated in our bedroom because it is quite large and has 9 foot high ceilings. The electric heater has made a huge improvement.

    It is not uncommon for us to have a $35-50 gas bill in the spring and summer when we don't have the gas heat turned on.

    It's a good thing we just insulated the attic this past fall. We kind of tore into the attic this fall on a whim - tearing apart walls etc. and discovered that the insulation that was up there was so old that it had desintigrated, we pretty much didn't have any insulation.
  14. by   KRVRN