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Did I made a mistake? #5406689 04/18/20 06:18 AM
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I bought an old house with an upgraded kitchen and appliances last month. There were 2 houses that I liked to choose from. One has gas powered appliances (counter top stove, water heater) and the other one has electric powered (counter top stove, water heater). My real estate agent told me to get the house with the gas appliances to save on cost versus electric, so I did. Now a month later, the gas company billed me for $80.00 deposit, service initiation fee of $42.53 and customer charge of $16.50. I haven't moved to this house yet but I am getting these ridiculous bills. So I called customer service and was told the customer charge of $16.50 will be billed every month to my account regardless whether I use the gas or not. I think I made a mistake in buying this house. I should have bought the all electric house.


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Re: Did I made a mistake? [Re: BEETLE] #5406692 04/18/20 06:26 AM
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Electric is outdated and gas is modern however gas does have a minimum usage fee. I don't think you made a mistake gas much better than electric faster cooking times and is probably cheaper to heat the gas hot water heater vs electric.

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In the long run you will be extremely happy with gas. Very possible the electric company will charge close to the same to turn on the electric to a new customer. Over time gas will be much cheaper then electric in most locations. Enjoy the new house don't over think it.


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Re: Did I made a mistake? [Re: BEETLE] #5406699 04/18/20 06:36 AM
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What do you heat the house with? Is it oil?


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Re: Did I made a mistake? [Re: BEETLE] #5406708 04/18/20 06:50 AM
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Is this your first house?


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Re: Did I made a mistake? [Re: BEETLE] #5406709 04/18/20 06:50 AM
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You will be glad you have gas. We had a very bad ice storm in 2009 and no electric for 2weeks. The totally electric family households loved that hot shower water heater and the food from that gas kitchen stove. Furnace couldn't run without power for the blower, but kerosene heaters kept us all warm. A small gas generator kept the fridge and freezer going and some lights and TV. Gas stoves have instant heat and when you turn it off it goes cold quick.


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M1 a it costs more!!


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Re: Did I made a mistake? [Re: vwmaniaman] #5406723 04/18/20 07:14 AM
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Agree … on gas
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Electric … ? Double oven and AC

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Re: Did I made a mistake? [Re: BEETLE] #5406728 04/18/20 07:20 AM
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Be happy with the Gas.

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Re: Did I made a mistake? [Re: BEETLE] #5406730 04/18/20 07:23 AM
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Gas is best. I'm still kicking myself for not going propane when I bought and remodeled my house years ago. If you have natural gas it's even more of a no brainer to have. Of course your local gs company could be horrid but I don't see it in those pretty standard charges.


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We can calculate an answer here. Where does the OP live. What is the price of gas per cu ft. What is the electricity price per Kwhr. Is there a furnace. How many months will the furnace run. Monthly charges are a fact of life. Let’s see the numbers.

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You most likely would have paid some of those charges setting up an account with the electric company.

in most cases your monthly charge is factored in with your electric bill as well, In ontario its around $30 a month just to be connected.


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Re: Did I made a mistake? [Re: vwmaniaman] #5406756 04/18/20 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by vwmaniaman
You will be glad you have gas. We had a very bad ice storm in 2009 and no electric for 2weeks. The totally electric family households loved that hot shower water heater and the food from that gas kitchen stove. Furnace couldn't run without power for the blower, but kerosene heaters kept us all warm. A small gas generator kept the fridge and freezer going and some lights and TV. Gas stoves have instant heat and when you turn it off it goes cold quick.


Many modern gas appliances will not run without electrical power.


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Originally Posted by Jarlaxle
Originally Posted by vwmaniaman
You will be glad you have gas. We had a very bad ice storm in 2009 and no electric for 2weeks. The totally electric family households loved that hot shower water heater and the food from that gas kitchen stove. Furnace couldn't run without power for the blower, but kerosene heaters kept us all warm. A small gas generator kept the fridge and freezer going and some lights and TV. Gas stoves have instant heat and when you turn it off it goes cold quick.


Many modern gas appliances will not run without electrical power.

They don't need much power. A little inverter generator can handle a lot of small stuff while sipping gas.


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Re: Did I made a mistake? [Re: BEETLE] #5406811 04/18/20 08:49 AM
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No, you didn't make a mistake.

In my neck of the woods, the gas company, electric company, city water department, sewer district and anyone else that provides me services has some sort of monthly "customer fee". Their way of being able to say that they kept the gas rate low while making it up on the fee-side.

Heck, even if I want the local paper delivered, there's a $3 "customer setup fee". And another fee if I want a paper bill.


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