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Old 01-07-2020, 04:39 PM
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Iím in Southern California. Iím trying to figure out why my gas bills get so high with minimal heating.

My usual gas bill is about $9. Last bill is $80. The only difference is I turned on the heat four times. Temperature is set at 65 and I ran it for about 35 hours total. Is that enough to make such a difference in my bill? I change the filter every 3 months and had the ducts checked for leaks. Itís had to estimate what normal cost should be because many times I wonít use the heat all winter.


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Old 01-07-2020, 05:09 PM
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I donít know...we keep the heat set on 70 and it runs all night and usually some in the early morning, and even during the day some when itís really cold (low in winter here is about 40ó50-60 during the day) Bill is around $120/month. So yours does seem a bit high to me.
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Old 01-07-2020, 05:24 PM
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If you're on nextdoor, you might want to ask there to see what other people in your neighborhood are paying. It seems like costs are pretty region specific and not just based on how often the heat is run. Here and my hometown, heat is needed pretty much all winter, yet for whatever reason energy bills are much cheaper here. I pay about $75 per month. Back home a few hundred per month is the norm.
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Old 01-07-2020, 08:37 PM
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Definitely check into it with the gas company but usually people in milder climates actually pay higher rates. The reasoning is that it takes a certain amount of money to run the utility so they have to charge higher rates on usage.
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Old 01-08-2020, 08:04 AM
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What else is gas besides heat? Hot water? Stove? Dryer? Could be issues there.

Also are these estimated or actual bills? If you had a string of low estimated Bill's and the an actual reading, there could be some catch up.

Another possibility is a faulty meter.


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Old 01-08-2020, 11:20 AM
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We used to live in a mild southern California climate, too, and our bill in the Pacific Northwest is regularly lower to much lower than it ever was in California even though I run the heater near constantly from November to March.
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