3-4 people: $100-$120
Five plus: $120-$150
Dwayne & Maryanne Moyers
Managing Broker & Realtor
Avery-Hess Realtors (Lake Ridge Office)
Another thing to consider is what type of home you are considering. In general, depending on equivalent size, windows and insulation, the type of homes that have the lowest utility bills are, from lowest to highest, apartment-style condos, interior town houses, end town houses, and single family detached homes.
I live in a 3-level interior town house in the Dominion Power service area that is all-electric. I'm careful about turning out lights when not using them, only wash full loads, heat to 69 degrees and cool to 75 degrees. My electric bills average about $110.00 per month. My home is pretty modern ( built 1987 ), with a well-insulated attic and double-glazed windows, and is about 1,450 finished square feet.
Hope this helps. You've got a lot of good advice from other responders.
Another thing to keep in mind is your actual budget. What are you spending now for your total housing expenses including rent and utilities? How much more can you comfortably afford above that without struggling? How much money do you have for a down payment?
Those are just some of the many items I uncover when Pre-Approving a client and determining a more realistic price range. Here are some more details on how that works: http://www.trulia.com/blog/elliott_r_oliva/2011/12/pre-apppr
If you would like more information on getting Pre-Approved, please contact me at your convenience. Thank you and best of luck!
Elliott R. Oliva
Primary Residential Mortgage
"Se habla Espanol"
There is no easy answer to this question. There are so many factors to consider.
-is the heat electric or gas
-if electric is it forced air or a heat pump
-have windows been replaced so you don't let hot air out
-how is the insulation
-how many people will be living in the home
-is anyone staying at home during the day as this will run more power
-is the home surrounded by a lot of trees to keep the A/C bill down
If the home you are considering is still occupied or was owner occupied recently you can often get the utility bills from the owner for the last year. Of course if you are looking at foreclosure that info will not be available. Dominion Power will not for privacy reason provide that info to a prospective buyer so don't even bother trying to call them for info.
Are you working with a buyer agent to help you find a place. A good buyer's agent may be able to get at least some info for you from the listing agent. You will have to check each home out though on it's own.
Let me know if I can help.
You could expect to budget somewhere between 90 and 120...again roughly.
So many things to consider, including life style! Go to the Dominion Power Site, they are the most accurate source of information on this subject. http://www.dom.com
Feel free to contact me if you are not working with a Realtor I can help you navigate the buying process,
Maridol Garcia-Joy, Realtor, ABR, CAS, ASP
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.
Alexandria /Kingstowne Center
5911 Kingstowne Village Pkwy Ste 100
Alexandria VA 22315
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
4000 Legato Rd.
Fairfax, Va. 22033