Michael Foster http://www.erickson-plumbingqc.com
This is a great question. As you have probably gathered, the answer to this question is highly subjective to your families' lifestyle, age of house, number of stories, HERS rating, weather, and other factors. In Austin we tend to experience very hot and dry summers, and frequently have cold winters. Due to our weather, heating and cooling costs tend to be expensive. According to Austin Energy, the average home in Austin uses about 12,000 KWh per year.
For properties that are located in The City of Austin, we are fortunate enough to a city-owned electricity company which contributes substantial revenue into the City's general fund. Additionally Austin Energy, is under the mandate of the City to be as environmentally friendly as possible. This means that there are substantial grants and low cost loans available to homeowners in order to reduce the energy usage of their home.
We also currently have an ordinance that notifies consumers about the energy usage of older homes. This is used to notify consumers of what their average bills might look like. There has also been a lot of talk about requiring energy efficient upgrades prior to selling a home, but that has not yet been implemented.
I hope that helps to answer your question. If you would like to learn more about energy-efficient homes in Austin, TX please contact me and I will be happy to help you..
I can tell you that some areas charge more for things. For example the Lakeway area charges about double what the city of Austin charges for water. Something that you should also consider is the property tax rate. This can vary from 1.80% up to 3.35% and that can impact your taxes in a major way.
My suggestion is before purchasing a home, ask the sellers for their heating/cooling cost per month and at what temperature they set their AC/heater at.
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An answer for the "area average" would call for wild speculation. I've seen new construction homes where the builder gives a guarantee of a maximum cost/bill. There are at least 4 different electric providers, a couple gas options, all electric homes...you get the idea. I'll go out on a limb and say that what we spend more in the summer we make up in the winter compared to many northern climates.
My home is all electric and the average is about $200/mo for a 3200 sq/ft home 1 story.
Best wishes...I"d be happy to help you.
Just put it in perspective. Do you know, or can you find out what the average heating and cooling costs are in Deleware?
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