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Baseboard heaters estimated hydro cost-Ottawa?

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Baseboard heaters estimated hydro cost-Ottawa?

Hi,

I am about moving into a place of my own for the first time and I have an apartment I am quite interested in here in Ottawa. Its a 380 square foot one bedroom apartment with electric baseboard heating. I am responsible for paying hydro and the landlord will pay partial heating. I am guessing the heating cost will form part of my hydro bill. Can anyone tell me what to expect in hydro costs? I will have a fridge, stove, microwave, toaster and electric kettle. I will also have my computer plugged in after working hours and may get a small television.

There is no way to ask the current tenants as I only view the apartment when they are not there and the landlord says he doesnt have any idea what the average cost will be.

Thanks.
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You might want to find out what the landlord has in mind vis-a-vis "partial heating".

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Electric heating is quite expensive if served by Hydro One, but somewhat better if the building is served by Hydro Ottawa.
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Assuming it's in a building with many units roughly the same size, might be worth knocking on a neighbors door and introduce yourself. Ask them how much they pay.
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Big difference of older baseboards vs newer ones.

We heat a 700 sqf house by electric heat, and costs us about extra 125-200 a month in winter, newer heaters + new insulation.

Since 1/2 the size would estimate 60-100 in winter months at max for heat.

As for other items, depends on your usage but say anyways from 25-75 month.
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All baseboard heaters are close to 100% efficient. The difference is either your insulation or possibly a new thermostat that would take advantage of time of use electricity and heat during off peak.

theguyz wrote: Big difference of older baseboards vs newer ones.

We heat a 700 sqf house by electric heat, and costs us about extra 125-200 a month in winter, newer heaters + new insulation.

Since 1/2 the size would estimate 60-100 in winter months at max for heat.

As for other items, depends on your usage but say anyways from 25-75 month.
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We have electric baseboard in our house, along with two gas fireplaces. Our hydro bill was killing us so we put in a heat pump. I know that's not an option for many, but electric heat of any kind is expensive.
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newbutterfly wrote: Hi,

I am about moving into a place of my own for the first time and I have an apartment I am quite interested in here in Ottawa. Its a 380 square foot one bedroom apartment with electric baseboard heating. I am responsible for paying hydro and the landlord will pay partial heating. I am guessing the heating cost will form part of my hydro bill. Can anyone tell me what to expect in hydro costs? I will have a fridge, stove, microwave, toaster and electric kettle. I will also have my computer plugged in after working hours and may get a small television.

There is no way to ask the current tenants as I only view the apartment when they are not there and the landlord says he doesnt have any idea what the average cost will be.

Thanks.
IF you have signed the lease, it is TOO late to ask about how much the hydro bill would be. As others have said, you can enquire current tenants of the building of the similar size of your apartment about the hydro costs. Electric heating is the most undesireable heating in winter as it is very dry and costly.

What is "PARTIAL HEATING" offered by the landlord? Don't be fooled by the landlord. To protect yourself, write down the PERCENTAGE of the bill responsible by either party ON THE LEASE and signed by both parties. Always stay away from electric heating, if possible. Just my 2 cents.
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I lived in a one bedroom apartment in Ottawa with baseboard heat about 10 years ago. I seem to recall that the worst months (Jan-Feb) were north of $250/month. The apartment was a semi-basement, so that may have played a role as well. In any event, I would want it clearly spelled out in the lease what part of the heating cost would be covered by the landlord.
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To bad you couldn't move to Quebec right across the river from ottawa , you could heat a whole house cheap cause electricity is nothing there.
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shawn01 wrote: To bad you couldn't move to Quebec right across the river from ottawa , you could heat a whole house cheap cause electricity is nothing there.
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