Utility Costs for a duplex

Asked by Barb, Alameda, CA Sun Jun 17, 2012

Duplex is 700 sf on each side - 2 bed/1 bath. What is the average cost in the summer for PG&E? What would the cost for water be in the summer for a 4300 sf lot?

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Sue Archer R…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Tue Jun 19, 2012
Average cost is like saying we have an average weather each summer. Take into account the usage of individual tenants and you can see it's difficult to determine.

I agree with Teri. Review the seller's previous utility bills, which can be obtained by the seller or calling the utility company directly. In addition, research with the utility company that is servicing the property (PG&E or SMUD) any low income subsidies that they might have available. If your tenants are under Section 8 housing, the property may be eligible for upgrades to promote more efficient energy usage- all free to the owner.
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Grounded. Re…, Agent, Sacramento, CA
Mon Jun 18, 2012
Hi Barb,
That is a difficult question to answer. It depends greatly on the energy features and efficiency of the units. Many units in the Sacramento area still have single-pane windows and lack efficient insulation. On the other hand, there are many units that do have high energy efficiency. Also, many homes in Sacramento are not on meters for water and pay a flat fee that covers water, sewer and trash service. Additionally, Sacramento has SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) for electricity and PG&E for gas. Let us know a few more details about the property and we'd be happy to help out.
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Teri Andrews…, Agent, Auburn, CA
Sun Jun 17, 2012
Usually PGE is paid by tenant unless there is only 1 meter, then landlord pays. Ask seller for copies of all utility bills for last 6 months.

Same with water, landlords sometimes pay a portion or all to make sure yards are watered.
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