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Kimi, Home Buyer in New Jersey

how much on average is it to heat a 2 bedroom townhone with electric heat...comfortable temp around 68-70 degrees..

Asked by Kimi, New Jersey Wed Jan 6, 2010

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Hi Kimi - I do see your concerns regarding the electric heat!,

I personally think that 67 -68 is a good temperature as this is what I keep my house temperature, no one complains.

O.k. so as an example here since we do not have any real numbers posted, I called a friend at an adult community.. he has like electric everything.. 2 bedroom independent ranch condo, living room, kitchen, dining room.. this person is paying $170 per month in the winter at 72 degrees.

For all the legal blah, blah.. I am not saying this is what you are going to pay or anyone else in the universe.. this is what this person pays! Take it from there!

Good Luck!
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Kimi,
Not only will this depend upon insulation, it also depends upon if the unit is a middle unit vs end (less exterior heat loss) orientation for solar heat gain potential, if the thermostat is programmable (after all you may not want to keep it as warm when no one is home).When looking at prior bills be aware their life style may be very different than yours. (They may be hot house daiseys like Marc -sorry Marc, my wife keeps us in the 60s thru the winter:) Another large expense could be the old electric water heater which is on all day year round. (especially if it hasnt been maintained) I am assuming if you have electric heat you also have electric cooking,hot water and dryer. All these will impact the bill and may or may not be highly efficient. You could have an energy audit done, some utility companies cover a portion of the cost.

good luck
Kenneth "Ken" Verbeyst CRS GRI ABR SRES GREEN
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 7, 2010
68-70 is comfortable.... for my tropical fish. I would heat the townhouse to 79-80 degrees myself. But it all depends on the size and energy efficiency of the unit and its windows and doors. Like the others said, get the exact figures from the utility bills.

(For PETA: Yes I know tropical fish prefer 75 degrees also, but the joke needed the fish. At no time were any tropical fish harmed during the writing of this post).

-Marc

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 6, 2010
Hi Kimi, would agree with Janet, ask your agent to request actual utility info for this unit. I would watch out for electric heat though, could be pricey.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 6, 2010
That really depends on the efficiency of the unit, the windows, the insulation and age. If there is a specific home you are referring to, ask your agent to get an average monthly bill from the seller.

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