As luck would have it, my relocation assignment this week came from sunny California to our rainy Colorado. It only rained for 1 and 1/2 days, the entire time he was here. Now I'm not making any accusations, just saying it was a terrible coincidence. My client must have had our weather on the mind, because every house he had even a slight interest in, he wanted to know the average utility bill. Funny how seldom people think about the cost of utilities when buying a house.
Of course now that energy costs are sky rocketing, everyone should be more cautious. It was easy for me to oblige my soggy client, thanks to the 24/7 service Xcel Energy provides. With just a quick call to them (even at 10:00 p.m.) I was able to fulfill my assignment!
What did strike me as odd was the HUGE disparity in average utility bills. The range for approximately the same size homes ran from $95 to $262 a month! Now in all fairness the $262 a month housed a family twice the size of the $95 a month. We didn't take into consideration other factors such as energy efficient windows and such. Certainly that will account for significant savings. Also I recall the $95 a month home was southwest facing with lots of natural solar properties. I bet that helps in normally sunny Colorado!
As energy cost rise I'm thinking all buyers should be considering the average utility bill before making a home purchase. The reality is a well-built home that uses all the right construction materials over a home that doesn't should be part of the home buying decision. So many times buyers purchase with their HEART instead of their HEAD.
I do believe the times they are a changin'.
Note the photo! This too came my way just this today in fact. I was up in Conifer when out of the corner of my eye I noticed this amazing wood pile. Someone plans to be toasty warm this winter.
Wonder what a cord of wood costs? On second thought I betcha this one cost the cutter a few gazillon calories!