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May 24, 2012

Richard asks…

HOW MUCH IS AVERAGE UTILITY BILL FOR 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT IN PHILADELPHIA?

MY BOYFRIEND AND I ARE LOOKING FOR AN APARTMENT. WERE LOOKING FOR 1-2 BR IN PHILLY. I JUST WANT TO HAVE AN IDEA OF THE AVERAGE AMOUNT WE WILL SPEND ON UTILITIES. WE SHOWER ONCE EVERYDAY, WASH DISHES THE NORMAL STUFF. WE BOTH WORK ALL DAY AND ONLY WATCH TV FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS. MOST LIKELY THE WASHER AND DRYER WOULD BE A QUARTER MACHINE LOL SO IM NOT WORRIED ABOUT THAT. ID APPRECIATE ANY HELP! THANKS!

Administrator answers:

Hi, Jamie;

This question is not always the easiest to answer accurately because utility bills vary and are dependent on a number of factors.

First of all, the main utilities are gas (for heating and/or cooking), electricity, water, sewer and trash. It would be ideal if you could find an apartment that includes most of these utilities. Telephone, cable and internet are not exactly utilities but “extras” and are very rarely included.

As I mentioned, try to find a place that pays as much as possible. In Philadelphia, heating probably would be the most valuable utility you can get included in your rent. If you can’t find a place that pays your heat, look for a place that has gas heat, if possible. It is the most economical and efficient heat source. Electric baseboard heating is the WORST (very expensive and not at all warm) so try to avoid that if possible. You’d be paying a very high bill while still freezing.

The cost of your electric bill will vary depending on several factors. The size of the apartment (obviously the smaller the less expensive it will be). The age of the building and how it is insulated. The quality of the windows. The age of the appliances (older appliances = less efficient & more costly). Also, since your A/C is part of your electric bill, try to find an apartment with central A/C, as window units are less efficient and will let drafts in during the winter, raising your bill even higher.

A few other tips in regard to saving on utilities. First floor apartents will save you on A/C costs because they are cooler (heat rises) and you won’t pay as much in electricity in the summer. Also, try to take a middle apartment instead of an end one. Yes, you will have more neighbors around you, but you will also be better insulated by the surrounding apartments (end untis have additional exposed walls which will slightly raise your heating & A/C bills).

I hope this helps. Good luck in your new home. :-)

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