How Much is your Electric bill?

Posted by Mrs Money on January 16th, 2009

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Almost exactly a month ago, I wrote about how I was seriously freezing my buns off. With temperatures all across the nation well below freezing, it’s no surprise many people are going to be accustomed to higher electricity bills. I know since I decided I was going to turn up the thermostat and not worry as much about it that I would be hit with a higher bill this month.  I actually just received it, and it is $215.10.  I was budgeting $200, so that was a little bit of a surprise.  Luckily it’s not going to break the bank.  I just won’t eat for a week.

 Just Kidding. Although it was quite a bit of a jump from last month (it was $165 and I was expecting $120) it still could be worse. I’m very glad we didn’t buy a larger house!  We try our hardest to keep the temperature low so we can reduce our carbon dioxide emissions as well as saving money.

I think it would be interesting to compare electric bills.  

I’ll start, and I’d love if you would join in.  You can comment at the bottom with your stats, or you can make your own post about this and use the neat Mr. Linky at the bottom!

Mrs Money, 1400 square foot house located in the Midwest/South, temperature set below 65 degrees, $215.10.  I think this will give us a pretty fair comparison!  Thanks for participating!

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14 Responses to “How Much is your Electric bill?”


  1. Our bill last month was $326 for a 2,000 square foot house in North Central Illinois. That bill however, doesn’t cover the -10 degree weather just before Christmas, and this morning was -29 when I woke up. Burning dollar bills in the stove for heat might be cheaper than next months bill.

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  2. Kacie says:

    Pre-baby, our electric bill wasn’t that bad. We had our apartment set at like 65-68 degrees.

    Bumping it up to 72 has made a huge impact (also, the recent cold snap has made it worse).

    We have a 900 sq ft. apartment with one exterior wall, located in Pittsburgh, PA.

    Last month, we used 943 kwh and our bill was $101. This month, we’re already up to 992 kwh and it’s only been 23 days! Yikes.

    We have a slightly discounted rate during the winter months since we’re all-electric.

    Off topic: Your snacks should be on the way to you shortly! I’ve given them your info, so I hope they hurry it up!

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  3. We have a 2400 sq ft house and our bill is averaged over the whole year, so we pay the same year round. It’s $175.

    Although we don’t use the heat much since it doesn’t get cold… we use the crap out of our AC in the summer when it’s 115 in the shade.

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  4. MIss M says:

    We don’t have electric heat, it’s gas, so not a good comparison. I just opened the bill and thought it higher than it should be, $67 per month. 750 sq ft house in Los Angeles. I think the gas guy misread the meter this month, it was only $20 even though we had a cold snap around Christmas. I bet next month’s will be huge!

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  5. K-Money says:

    Our 1500 sq ft house has gas heat, we paid $240 for combined gas/electric, the highest of the last 12 months. Our furnace is about 75 years old and still work well, just not efficiently.

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  6. Mrs Money says:

    Dennis- Wow. That is crazy! I think it’s great that you can have a sense of humor about it, though! That made me laugh.

    Kacie- Great idea about the kwh. I should have included that. :) I am excited I won! Thanks!!

    Ashley- That’s awesome. I’ll have to look into that. I can’t even imagine 115 degrees. That sounds crazy!

    Miss M- WOW. Another benefit to a small house!

    K-Money- Sounds like you are the most comparable to me. Our furnace is old too and we had it inspected before we bought the house.

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  7. Courtney says:

    We have a rent house it is a little over 1000 sqft I think our heater is gas so our gas bill during the winter usually averages around $200 give or take and then during the summer it is flip flop my gas is low and my electric runs about the same. Old houses=cold drafts=high gas/electric.

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  8. Denise Lee says:

    Mine is $332 and that’s the budget plan

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  9. Sluggy says:

    We have a 2100 square foot house located in Northeast PA, all electric house w/ the thermostat set at 62 degrees. Our last bill for electricity used from Nov. 10th-Dec. 10th was $248. That includes 3 kids who I am constantly reminding to turn off lights/tvs/computers/etc. I am cringing at the thought of the next bill due, covering Dec./Jan. and the negative 10 degree days here!ugh

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  10. Fit Wallet says:

    Our house is about 100 years old, and our furnace is from the early to mid 1980s. Our house is 2,100 sqft in eastern PA. We keep the heat low (58-64). Last month, we let the thermostat inch up to 64 more than we should have, and we paid for it with a $378.00 gas bill and $250 electric bill (space heaters) split between 4 people. This month we are religiously keeping the thermostat set at 58!

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  11. Mrs Money says:

    Courtney- What do you have your heat set at? $200 seems high but if you live in Canada, it may be normal. ;)

    Denise Lee- $332 sounds really high but maybe your house is huge.:)

    Sluggy- I’m dreading the next one too because of the freezing week we had last week. Oh well.

    Fit Wallet- WOW. 58 is hardcore! Good for you if it keeps your bills down and you all can stand it. $378 is crazy! I’ll send warm vibes your way! :)

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  12. I agree Fit Wallet: WOW. I hate to feel better at your expense, but I do a little bit now. I guess I should qualify that ours is combined gas & electric; gas $204 and the rest electric. I forget that other places don’t get combined bills.

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  13. Fit Wallet says:

    I know, it’s terrible! I had no idea how expensive this old house would be before we bought it. This month should be lower (fingers crossed) since we kept the heat really low. I don’t mind it. We just go upstairs to a carpeted room with our laptops and the dogs and curl up with a space heater. In the summer, the first floor stays quite cool, so we don’t have to run the A/C all the time.

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