I know my renters spend a lot more than I did living in my last house. They have two young children and a stay at home parent. They use the A/C, heat, and water much more than I ever did being gone during the days.
Systematic Home Inspections, PLLC
That's a government-sponsored website in Texas that aggregates various plans from all retailers. You'll like the information you find there.
We offer our buyers a coupon good for a $25 credit on their bill, and some providers offer similar incentives to switch.
You can ask your agent to see if the current seller will provide.
Some sellers can, some can't, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
In the past you could often call the utility company and get a printout.
My attempts at this over the past couple of years with most utilities has prompted a response
that it is private information and cannot be released to anyone but the customer.
In my opinion for the most part these are not worth the time and effort to review or chase.
Everyone has such different usage.
You see some people who almost never use heat and air conditioning for example.
Then the next house you go in has the AC on freezer mode or Heat on Sahara mode.
I remember one tenant complaining about electric bill so I went to the house. They were not at home
but had every light in the house on, the big screen tv on, and the AC on sub zero. I could probably
cut their bill by 2/3 just by turning stuff off.
I've also had sellers who travel 6 days a week. Once had never used the kitchen appliances in 6 years.
I'm sure her bills were super low in all areas.
Just something to think about.
Most Sellers today "expect" to provide this information to potential Buyers anyway as it is frequently requested. I recommend asking for at least 1 year's worth of bills for Electric, Gas, and Water/Trash.
One must also take into account however if it's 1 person living in the house vs. 5 or 6 also -
that is going to make a difference in usage. Excellent question !
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Jay Narey ABR, ALHS
Keller Williams - Preston Rd.
We're paying about 8 cents/kW-hr fixed but many people are paying the default rate of almost 13 cents/kW-hr. You can also find variable rates from 5 cents to over 13 cents. So, even if you had the monthly amounts paid, you wouldn't know the energy consumption without knowing their rates.
I assume you're trying to figure out what your bills might be. Unfortunately, even so-called Green houses don't truly have an "Energy Label" like refrigerators and water heaters do. Some builders are venturing into consumption labeling for their newer builds, but existing homes are almost a lost cause.
So, if the owner (or person paying the bills) has the actual invoices, you can see the consumption side and plug in the rates you expect to pay. But, you won't know how cold in summer they kept it, or how hot in winter. Same problem with gas and water bills, too. It's something like asking what the phone bills are - knowing the dollar amounts doesn't do you much good.
However much is based on lifestyle of family structure
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