By John Womeldorf, a.k.a. Mr. Williamsburg
Electric utility costs vary widely depending on a number of factors, including the size and age of your home, the number of people living in your home, the types of appliances and electronics you use, and the climate where you live.
In Williamsburg, VA, the average monthly electric bill for residential customers is $174. However, I recently reviewed my own electric bill and found that my average monthly usage is $193 over the past 12 months. My highest bill was $300 and my lowest bill was $120.
For comparison, I live in a 3,200 square-foot home that was built in the early 1980s. It is an all-electric home and there are currently two people living in it. We do have occasional guests. The home is heated and cooled with a heat pump that is about 11 years old.
I’m sure that if I upgraded to a brand new heat pump system, I could lower my rates. I could also probably gain some efficiency by adding more insulation, which I plan on doing soon. My electric provider is Dominion Power. Most of my neighbors have gas furnaces, but I think overall our total utility costs are about the same.
I’m posting a graph that shows my monthly electric usage in both dollars and kilowatt hours (kWh).
I’d be curious to know how this compares with your utility costs where you currently live in other states. Please leave a comment below and let me know!
Tips for Reducing Your Electric Utility Costs
Here are a few tips for reducing your electric utility costs:
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs.
- Update your HVAC system to a higher efficiency model.
- Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible.
- Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer.
- Add insulation to your home.
- Replace single pane windows with thermal pane windows.
- Consider upgrading to energy-efficient appliances and electronics.
If you have any other tips for reducing electric utility costs, please share them in the comments below!
Thank you for reading my article on MrWilliamsburg.com! I hope you found it informative and helpful. I am John Womeldorf, a local Williamsburg, Virginia real estate agent. I have been a resident of the area for over 20 years, and I am passionate about helping people find their perfect home in Williamsburg.
I post informative articles about the area neighborhoods, new home developments, things to do schools, recreation and much more. I was born and raised in Virginia Beach, and I have a deep appreciation for history and pleasant surroundings. I am an avid cyclist, and I enjoy exploring new areas, trying out new restaurants, listening to live music, and attending music festivals. I have traveled extensively both abroad and domestically, and I am always looking for new and exciting things to experience. My favorite local restaurant is Amber Ox, and my favorite local brewery is Precarious Beer Hall. If you are looking for a list of my local favorites, just ask!
I am a 20+ year local resident and I raised my two sons in the area. We had great experiences with them growing up in school, playing sports, and enjoying everything the area has to offer. My family has lived in Virginia since the late 1700s. If you are considering moving to the area and buying a home, I would be happy to help. I can also help you sell your home in the area.
In addition to my real estate expertise, I also have a vast experience in renovating homes. I have a wide array of experienced contractors who are able to do most anything. This is a great benefit to both buyers and sellers. I also have a good working knowledge of the cost involved in renovations, and I can very quickly give you an idea of the renovation cost for specific projects, such as refinishing floors, painting, remodeling kitchens, and bathrooms, and more.
I also have sales offices in Richmond, the Northern Neck of Virginia/Kilmarnock, and Newport News. I am happy to help anyone looking to buy or sell in those areas.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your real estate needs, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help you make the best decisions for your future.
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John Womeldorf, a.k.a. Mr. Williamsburg