Is it 'normal' to have a $300 + electric heating bill for an 1100 sf 'loft' apartment in CA?
I lived in a condo for more than seven years, 1159 sf that had a gas hot water heater, but electric heat. My washer and dryer were electric, too. My monthly heat bill was never over $125. Before I rented this apartment I called the Utility District to find out the average bill for the unit address and was told between $90 and $120. I ran the air conditioner during the hot summer and my average bill was $97 (for the last six months). The first month of winter, I get a bill for $359.00. No washer and dryer either! I do have a fireplace, but the flu is closed. Is this normal?
Sounds high to me! How cold does it get there anyway?! I live in the midwest and my electric bill for my 2600 sf home was $123.00. It is probably a mistake on their part and you should question them. Good luck:)
I can't tell you that and I'm not clear from your question if this is gas plus electricity or just electricity, but it sounds high. My bills in Massachusetts certainly never reach that.
I have a neighbor who has had high bills though. I lent her my Kill-A-Watt meter (you might even be able to get one on loan from your library or electric company) and she found that her old refrigerator was responsible for a large part of it.
Many utility companies will give you a free or low cost energy audit - it doesn't hurt to ask!
If you have a loft with really high ceilings, poor insulation and no ceiling fan to recirculate down all that heat, that very well could be an accurate electric bill. Heat rises, which makes it escape out all sorts of places in a home, whereas cold air falls, which tends to keep it inside the home.
Look up how to assess your home heating loss online or see if you can find a consumer group that does low-cost home assessments in your area. Most likely your home has a bunch of spots where it is leaking heat.
Hate to say it, but the cost of electricity in CA has skyrocketed. The demand for electricity has increased, without increasing the supply. Just heard the cost electricity is expected to increase 40% in the next 5 years. On the up side there could be a problem with your meter,
PG&E has installed SMART meters. There has been problems with them. Your question has prompted me to call and have them check my SMART meter. Thanks!
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