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LisaAnn1014
(@LisaAnn1014)
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What utilities do you pay on STX? On average, what do they run you? I'd be buying a house most likely , 4/5 bedroom, no more than 2,000 sf.

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Posted : July 21, 2017 12:43 pm
vicanuck
(@vicanuck)
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I'd estimate $300 - $600 a month for WAPA.

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Posted : July 21, 2017 1:25 pm
LisaAnn1014
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What is WAPA?

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Posted : July 21, 2017 1:38 pm
vicanuck
(@vicanuck)
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Water & Power Authority. You come to hate them very quickly.

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Posted : July 21, 2017 1:43 pm
LisaAnn1014
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Is everything electric or is there gas too?

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Posted : July 21, 2017 1:47 pm
vicanuck
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Is everything electric or is there gas too?

Propane only...no natural gas.

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Posted : July 21, 2017 1:55 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

If you're using A/C in all 4-5 bedrooms and living room even with a propane stove, you'll be lucky if you're not looking at much more than $600 per month in electricity. Make sure you have a back up generator that can run your whole house. WAPA is not reliable and expensive.

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Posted : July 21, 2017 1:59 pm
AandA2VI
(@AandA2VI)
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4-5 bedrooms with people to occupy it and laundry AC and electronics???? Id say $800 a month at least. Friends have a similar in STT - with a pool and it's 1k. They actually have solar for a few things too.

Hope you're rich!

Their house is for sale now.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!

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Posted : July 21, 2017 2:20 pm
tmahan
(@tmahan)
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Forgive me for my naivete, but are there solar companies on any of the three islands? In addition, does anyone have an automatic generator and can anyone advise as to the general cost of purchasing one?

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Posted : July 21, 2017 2:37 pm
Afriend
(@afriend)
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Cost depends on size of generator and how many "bells & whistles" you have. A small unit that you have to manually start yourself and "connect" with enough to power for a few lights and a refrigerator will cost around $3,000. Whole house generators with automatic start and interface can run upwards of $20,000.

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Posted : July 21, 2017 2:51 pm
LisaAnn1014
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Between medical and electric, how do people afford to live there? I've estimated our monthly costs at 3,500-4,000 monthly. That's with me buying a house in full with cash. I can't image people can afford that.

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Posted : July 21, 2017 3:16 pm
Scubadoo
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That's why most folks don't run the A/C. A small very efficient mini-split in one or two bedrooms might not break the bank.

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Posted : July 21, 2017 3:24 pm
vicanuck
(@vicanuck)
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Forgive me for my naivete, but are there solar companies on any of the three islands? In addition, does anyone have an automatic generator and can anyone advise as to the general cost of purchasing one?

The only solar options are a complete off-grid system with battery storage + generator.

There are no more net metering applications being accepted as we have reached the maximum amount of net metering the WAPA system can handle (so they say).

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Posted : July 21, 2017 4:08 pm
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Islander

i would go with splits too.

i have a 3 bedroom. ceiling fans, clothes washer, tv, stand fans, NO dryer or air conditioner and ours has been as high as 300+ due to the high cost of wapa

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Posted : July 21, 2017 4:43 pm
LisaAnn1014
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I'm clueless, what are splits?

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Posted : July 21, 2017 6:20 pm
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