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Utility costs in Allen Texas - what should we expect?

Asked by Allen Buyer, Westfield, NJ Mon Mar 25, 2013

Hi,

We are going to move to Allen or one of the surrounding towns later this year. Can someone tell us what to estimate for utility costs (electric - esp. in the summer, gas, water, garbage, etc). We are looking for a home in the 4kSF range, which was built after 2005/6.

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We help people find the lowest possible rate for electricity to start with and then we work with them on a program to get them FREE Electricity. We have access to all Retail Electric Providers in Texas and several other States as well. We're even able to help people or business that are in a contract and paying a rate higher than they should be. Our services are unlike any other. Energy Savings Network 1-800-635-1179 ext 1 iwantfreeenergy@esninc.net We would love to help you get to the point of having FREE Electricity and we appreciate the opportunity to earn and keep your business for a life time.
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Hi New Jersey!

I live in a 4k sq.ft. home in Frisco and I also have a pool. I have radiant barrier in my attics. My average utilities are around $310.00 a month. slightly higher in the summer because we run the pool longer.

It really depends on the builder of the home and if there are any extra features added like the radiant barrier to help lower your costs.

As a REALTOR, I always get copies of the utility bills for the home my buyers like. Since everything is on line it is really easy for the seller to email.

You are moving to a great area! Most of the builders in the North Dallas area starting focusing on a greener more energy efficient home in 2002 with many currently exceeding the government recommendations.

If you haven't selected an agent yet for relocation to Texas I would love to help. My company is an expert in relocation as well as myself. It is easy to let your relo company know you have selected an expert in this area! Having grown up in Richardson and living in Frisco since 1998, my knowledge is invaluable!

Best regards,

Sherry Renfroe
Ebby Halliday Realtors
(214) 215-4145
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 31, 2013
That is a tough question to answer with any probability of accuracy.
Temperature settings are personal, and can affect costs if the thermostat has setback
Choice of electric providers can double or halve your cost per kW-hr
Water usage normally sets sewer charges and varies a lot by family
The age will be helpful in estimating the insulation and possibly SEER of the A/C, assuming it is a two-story structure, but the Q lost or gained through the walls and ceilings depends on the degree-days of the weather here. Unfortunately, there is a range of heat in summer and cold in winter, too.
So, now that the caveats that the numbers are pretty unpredictable have been laid down, let's try to give you a guess and some guidance.

Electric would run around $200 per month on average for the whole year
Gas about $50 on average
Water-Sewer-Garbage about $130

Remember that PowerToChoose.org shows all the electric provider rate offerings and they vary a lot. Also, if you set your thermostat for 65 degrees and run the A/C all day, the figure above will be 3-4 times lower than your bill.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 29, 2013
It really varies from buyer to buyer. As one agent suggested you can request utility bills from the previous owners, but I even say this is not a good way to judge. Everyone lives differently. Some people leave doors open, temp cranked way down or way up. Some people leave tvs on when they leave and some people turn them off throughout the day. Some people take hot 1hr showers and some bath at the gym. Some people water the heck out of the yard 2x or 3x week all year long. Some water just enough to keep the grass alive.

Even the same electric bill with different companies will cost different. I picked up a utility bill recently in a house where the rate was double mine. I asked homeowner why she never switched or signed a contract to lower the rate and she did not know she could. Just signing a contract would have cut her bill in 1/2.

So keep this website in mind when you get here:
Web Reference: http://www.PowerIsMoney.net
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We're able to access the historical usage of every home or business in Texas and can give anyone an almost precise amount to expect on their bills. There are some variables as the previous occupant may have kept their thermostat setting on a different temp than the new occupant or the a/c or heating units could need to be serviced or filters changed but for the most part we can be very accurate. With all that being said, we can help people significantly reduce and even eliminate their electric bills to do away with this concern.

We help people find the lowest possible rate for electricity to start with and then we work with them on a program to get them FREE Electricity. We have access to all Retail Electric Providers in Texas and several other States as well. We're even able to help people or business that are in a contract and paying a rate higher than they should be. Our services are unlike any other. Energy Savings Network 1-800-635-1179 ext 1 iwantfreeenergy@esninc.net
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In Texas you have a choice of electric companies so you can look at differnt programs and pick the one that fits your needs. Some of them have locked in rates and some are month to month rates depending on plan and company.The city of Allen is the water and disposal supplier. The charge is on a tiered rate. There have been watering restrictions here so the fees may vary. They do have a generous water rebate program. You can check it out on the city of Allen website. I hope you find this helpful. Allen has many wonderful neighborhoods. If you need help with your home search I am a license Realtor in Allen. You may contact me at 972265-9699 or Jamie@TexasHomesDeals.com

Best Regads on your move.
Jamie Hoover
Simplified Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 25, 2013
The costs are variable. Some newer homes will be more efficient, but it depends on the home design as well - 1 story vs. 2 story, # of a/c units, insulation, attic ventilation, radiant barrier, low-e windows, etc...... If there is a pool go ahead and add $50-100/month on the electric bill to run the pump(s).


John Safstrom
Systematic Home Inspections
214-600-4344
http://www.systematichomeinspections.com
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Regardless of the costs, contact Utility Concierge to set everything up for you. Its 100% free and it will save you tons of time, headaches, and money.
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No one can render an opinion based on construction of the home and family lifestyle. I pay $50 for each utility with approx. 2K sq. ft home ...

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 25, 2013
As the other agents have mentioned here it will depend on a lot of different factors. Where you set your thermostat. Which energy provider you choose. Electricity rates have went up in the last couple of months there is now a new charge on your energy bill so what we paid last summer will be more this summer and so on.
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Thanks for the heads-up about new charges, Darrell. Can you provide more information about this?
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Hi,

It will be hard to determine how much utlity is going to cost you since it varied, what temperature you'd like to set you A/C or heater on, how often you water your lawn and how big the lawn is, how often you do your laundry etc. On average you'll probably pay electricity in the $300's in the summer and gas in the $200's in the winter. Water and garbage probably about $100 - $150.

I'd be happy to assist you in finding a home in Allen if you are not currently working with a realtor. I live in Allen and specialized in North Dallas.

Take care,
Susie Kay, Realtor®
GRI, CHMS, SFR
Residential/Commercial/Investment
English-Indonesian-Hokkien
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United Real Estate
III Lincoln Centre, 5430 LBJ Freeway #280
Dallas, TX 78240
469-371-2899
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 25, 2013
Hi:

It all depends. However, electricity may run around $250+ in summer months.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 25, 2013
Depends upon the energy efficiency , quality of construction, the builder and so on. I will be able to request for the last two years of utiltity bills from the owner of the house so that can be transparent.
I will be able to help you more in this case cause I have also completed the Building Inspection course! you can contact me at 214 649 5086 or email me at rajanm@kw.com. I work at Keller Williams Realty in Allen
Sincerely

Rajan Mathai
214 649 5086
rajanm@kw.com
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