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What's your Total Energy Cost?

Post in 'The Green Room' started by jjbaer, Dec 15, 2006.

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  1. jjbaer

    jjbaer New Member

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    Hi,

    I've seen many threads but not one that asks what a persons total consumption of energy is, that is, what it costs them and what size house/area they live in. Thought I'd ask the question and as a beginning, show what my costs are:

    Type house: 1-story ranch
    Sq Ft: 1650
    Area of country: S.W. Ohio

    Primary home heating: nat gas
    Alternate/back-up heating: Buck stove insert

    Wood cost: $60
    Wood used per year: 1 cord or less

    Nat gas cost for heating/yr: $460
    Nat gas used for heating/yr: 420 CCF (42,000 cubic ft)

    Nat gas cost for hot water/yr: $260 (base rate drives up cost/CCF when few CCF's are used)
    Nat gas used for hot water/yr: 144 CCF (14,400 cubic ft)

    Electricity cost/yr: $800
    Electricity used/yr: 7,500 KW-HR

    Total energy cost/yr: $1,580

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  2. Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson Mod Emeritus

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    I have about a 3,000 square foot, old farmhouse (within the village limits) in Upstate New York and my combined gas/electric bill runs about $200 a month. Most of that is electricity. No AC. In the winter we heat entirely with a wood-fired boiler, including all domestic hot water in the winter. My wood is all free for the cutting, and I haul it as part of my commute home from work, so I'm not including any price on the wood we burn, although we do burn a lot and I spend a fair amount of time processing it. I consider that a free health-club membership.

    So I'd say $2,400 to $2,500 annually for utilities.
  3. tutu_sue

    tutu_sue New Member

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    These are my costs for 2005 and pre-stove. We installed our stove last January 2006 and our gas bills have been reduced by 50% during heating season.

    Type house: 2 sotry bi-level
    Sq Ft: 2,268 (excluding unheated 1 car garage)
    Area of country: Northern NJ

    Primary home heating: nat gas

    Nat gas cost for heating and hot water/yr: $686
    Electricity cost/yr: $780

    Total energy cost 2005: $1,466
  4. Metal

    Metal Minister of Fire

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    Type house: 1-story ranch
    Sq Ft: 2,960
    Area of country: South Central Kansas
    Central Heat (Natural Gas) and Air

    Nat. Gas(last 12 months): $821.84
    Electric(last 12 months): $1,025.57

    Total energy cost/yr: $1,847.41
  5. bruce56bb

    bruce56bb New Member

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    Loc:
    Flint Hills of Kansas
    2 story ranch, full basement built in the 60s.
    located in kansas
    2300sq ft main floor 2300 basement 550 upstairs=5150 sq ft
    ng usage 05(pre insert) 1154 ccf cost $1181
    ng usage 06(with insert) 736ccf cost $886
    electrical usage 06 19671kwh cost$1482
    i have a very inefficient hot water set up, 2 gas dhw heaters that are plumbed so you have hot water almost instantly. very inefficient but i love it.
    i am working on my electrical usage by slowly converting to cfl lights when a regular one burns out. and i did buy a front loader washer and dryer.
  6. Metal

    Metal Minister of Fire

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    I thought a ranch house by definition can only be one story with or without basement.
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    bruce56bb New Member

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    dunno metal......only pics can tell the story.........
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  9. Eric Johnson

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    Konfusion in Kansas!
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    johnsopi Minister of Fire

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    2000spft two story house @ 200$ a month elec bill Wife home schools the boys so all the light are on all the time so is the AC.Our cost of elec want up 38% this year. So its @ 2400$ ayear
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    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    1850 sf
    1.5 story house

    electric/heatpump
    2006 kWh usage: 12,553
    2006 electric bill: $1,061

    I forget what I paid for the Jotul, the Ryobi was $300, haven't pulled the trigger on the Dolmar yet
  12. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy New Member

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    Loc:
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    Type house: 2-story W/basement
    Sq Ft: 1800/1200 unfinished basement
    Area of country: Colorado mountians

    Primary home heating: electic mass storage unit/ hearthstone woodstove
    Alternate/back-up heating: passive solar

    Wood cost: $0
    Wood used per year: 4 cord or less

    Nat gas cost for heating/yr: n/a
    Nat gas used for heating/yr: n/a

    Nat gas cost for hot water/yr: n/a
    Nat gas used for hot water/yr: n/a

    Electricity cost/yr: $1500
    Electricity used/yr: 1980 KwH

    Total energy cost/yr: $1,500
  13. jjbaer

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    MSG,

    Think you mean 19,800 KW-Hr/yr.......otherwise you're paying 75 cents/KW-HR......
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    yes, i forgot a zero.
  15. Jay H

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    Hey, I have a 2 story Ranch with a basement in northern NJ. I believe my house was once a summer home, had a propane stove (as I removed the propane line) and an oil furnace heat at one point (I can see the outline of the old oil tank and the hole in the foundation that was concreted up). My house used to have 1 bedroom and a loft, but I believe sometime long ago, the loft was extended the length of the house and then walled to create 2 small cape cod-like bedrooms (slant ceilings). There is no bathroom upstairs just a small closet at the top of the stairs. I've called my house an "expanded" ranch but I'm no architect. It truly was a ranch at one point which was expanded to make 3 bedrooms.

    I've only lived here since January '06 but my average monthly electric bill is about $14-$15 and my average gas bill now that my gas boiler is off is about $18. I have mainly gas appliances (Stove, dryer, water heater, boiler that is off). No central A/C, didn't use any A/C this year but I do have window shakers.

    Jay

    Type: expanded ranch
    Size: 1100SF
    Location: northern NJ
    Primary heat: Wood (now)
    Secondary heat: natural gas - hot water baseboard heat
    Cook: gas stove/oven
    Average electric bill - $15*
    Average gas bill - $20*

    (house is old, insulation is old or non existant, but I've been fixing that slowly.)

    Primary mode of transportation to work: bicycle


    * Have only lived here since January, not really a good indicator of yearly usage. Wood stove was installed in July, so last winter heat was the hot water gas fired boiler.
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