Good Afternoon everyone!! I'll be leaving NYC and coming on island to STT in October.I have found everything on here helpful so far. I had a question about Utilities. Anyone on here that has a 1br, if you could chime in and give me a range for what you pay per month. I know there are numerous factors. I'm mainly interested in Water/Electricity. Cable/Internet I have a good idea about. I have heard people say its a bit on the high end but I have no base on what range that falls into. Also if people could chime in on their thoughts on price comparison to NYC, I'd appreciate it. Something other than how much a gallon of milk costs 😎 thanks everyone !!
I can't help you on the price of water. Condos are generally metered individually but most private homeowners rely on rain in their cisterns for water so it's not usually an issue unless the cistern happens to be very small and we have a very dry spell so it runs out. Electricity is hard to judge as so much depends on your usage; A/C eats up a lot, for instance. Our rate is currently at 0.50¢/kWh which is the highest rate under the American flag. You can generally assume that food costs are 30% higher than that which you're used to.
I am certainly not going to argue that our electricity rates are fair and reasonable, but the current rate is about 41.5 cents per kilowatt for residential usage, not 50 (although it has been that high before). On the link below to the WAPA website home page, towards the bottom middle area of the page, is a box with the current rates per kilowatt. In addition to the usage charge, every residential customer pays a service fee of $6.22 per month.
You caught me - and I linked exactly that WAPA website in another post just a week or so ago. 😀 But of course the rate fluctuates all the time - in fact I think this present rate is a slight reduction from the last.
WAPA costs depends on your usage and it will be higher than anywhere else you have ever lived, even if you are extremely conservative in your usage. You can count on it being anywhere in the range around 42 cent s and up, sometimes considerably so.
Cost of water depends on where you live and whether you have your own cistern, are sharing, living in a condo, etc. Some Condo's are around 5 cents a gallon, a truckload, if you have to purchase would run around $350 for 5000 gals .or more. Everything else also reflects the high costs we pay for electricity and affects everything in our daily lives.
Right now, the least expensive station in STT is selling regular gas for $4.459 (probably soon to be going up thanks to Isaac)
We're sitting on .28/kwh in NYC right now for ConEd and $4.16 for gas. Money just gets shuffled to different areas. My WAPA/Gas/Food goes up but my rent lowers drastically. I haven't been looking for a 3k 1br on STT. It's all how you look at it right 🙂 Thanks again for everyone's input.