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Gas bill?
« on: November 28, 2010, 01:24:26 am »
Just out of interest, How much was your gas bill for the last month?

Mine was 100,000 won and it hasn't really become too cold yet. I live in the country and our gas gets delivered and I'm wondering if the extra 100,0000 won we get for rural living is really enough.
Please tell me how much your gas bill was and whether you live rurally or in a city.


  • summerthyme
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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2010, 03:27:12 am »
I live sort of in a suburb.  Not too rural, but not a sprawling metropolis either.  My gas bill was around 30,000 won, and I usually keep it at around 22 c when I'm home, 20 when I sleep, and I turn it off when I leave.  If I left it running I imagine it would be at least 70k.

I'm thinking of investing in a small electric heater and using it for a month to see if that would be cheaper.
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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2010, 08:28:38 am »
Wow, then I am so lucky, my gas bill is rarely more than 5,000 won, I live in Seoul.
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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2010, 10:18:49 am »
Just out of interest, How much was your gas bill for the last month?

Mine was 100,000 won and it hasn't really become too cold yet. I live in the country and our gas gets delivered and I'm wondering if the extra 100,0000 won we get for rural living is really enough.
Please tell me how much your gas bill was and whether you live rurally or in a city.

don't leave the boiler on constantly if you do.

like a poster said, invest in an eletrical heater; it'll work out cheaper.

ensure you turn off the gas knob when you're not using the stove.
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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2010, 12:37:07 pm »
A couple of months ago I got the fright of my life when my gas bill arrived:
W152 000
and Im probably one of the most energy conscious people out there. I had a fit! This was in May this year and it wasn't even that cold.
But i went to my co-teacher and asked her what she thought about it, she thought it was VERY expensive so called my land lady. Apparently, because my area is on the outskirts of Daejeon, we were not connected to the main government lines. I told her I refuse to pay that again and so the land lady told me I don't have to pay my TV and internet bill (saving me 30 000 a month) until we get hooked up with the government lines.
My last bill was W25 000 :)

I would suggest getting your co-teacher to have a chat to your landlord/lady to find out the reason...seeing a your out in the *sticks* it might be a bit more but at least ul know why :)


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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2010, 12:41:30 pm »
My last bill was 40,000. I think that was a bit high.

I'm going to buy an electrical blanket to help, but I have a question. Does the boiler keep heating water if I leave the thing on, or does it heat it as needed?

There's a little button in the upper right hand corner I push to turn it on/off, and then there's a dial I can turn. As far as I can tell, the dial only matters for the heat of the floor. Normally I leave this on all the time, but if it's heating up the water all the time then it's probably a waste.


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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2010, 12:45:44 pm »
I just got hit with a bill for 118k and i only use it to heat water.
They have another thing coming if they think im paying it!


Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2010, 12:59:26 pm »
Mine was around 50,000 last month.
My highest from last winter was 292,000won!


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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2010, 01:11:33 pm »
The low down on gas bills is this; if you have a high gas bill, turn of your floor heat or keep it at a low temperature. From my experience, If you keep your boiler on at a reasonable heat your bills should be lower. If you have a high setting and you are turning the unit on and off all the time, you are wasting a lot of energy because the unit will cool down and then have to heat up again using a lot more gas.

What I have heard works is just keeping everything at a lower temp. I know this sound strange but it shaved a few man-wons off my last bill which were around 40~50 thousand, now they are down to the mid 30's.

As for the people that are refusing to pay the high prices, I am not sure where your argument is... I mean if you used that much gas then you have to pay for it. Unless it was the person before you.


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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2010, 01:17:12 pm »
Used 12,000 last month in my 14 pyeong officetel with the ondol at 21 degrees every night. I'd leave it off during the day and crack the window for fresh air when I wasn't there.


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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2010, 02:22:51 pm »
I've had a 170 k won  gas bill before. That was last year. My last month bill was 100 k . I try to conserve but....


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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2010, 02:40:43 pm »
Mine have always been between 8,000 and 40,000. Nothing over that.  However, for those of you with very high ones, you may also want to check to make sure that you have it on the ondol setting and not the one that many Koreans use when sleeping on the floor.  I was told my first week of my first contract never to touch it.  I'm not sure what it's called but you may want to take a picture of your box and show it to your teacher.  Find out which is most energy saving.  Another thing to keep in mind is that some heaters have a timer button on them so they're not staying on the entire evening.  That way you can fall asleep with it on but not worry that you're going to be paying out the nose the next month.  Make sure your windows are all closed tightly and locked as some windows will let the air escape even when simply shut (as in my apartment). Get some plastic to cover them if they're drafty or if you have a large patio door as a window, cover it with a large blanket for at least half to keep the warm air from escaping.  But if you have a large apartment, you may just have to pay that amount.  Consider a space heater.  Best of luck.
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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2010, 02:54:17 pm »
I live in an officetel in Seoul, and the building control the heat and what not.  Then, the total cost of the building gets divided by every apartment.  My bill, including other utilities, but not internet or cable, generally comes out to about 150,00 a month, but can be higher in the winter.  My CT called the landlord and her response was "that's just the way it is in your building".......


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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2010, 02:57:03 pm »
My bills for the past 4 months have all amounted to 0 won!

Hopefully I don't get stung with a huge bill one of these days.
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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2010, 09:18:17 pm »
Most buildings I have been in here are poorly insulated. You lose a lot of heat through the windows, doors, and walls. I would not recommend trying to keep your room at a constant temperature. Just turn the heater on when you're home and when you need it.
Like other posters have mentioned, make sure your doors and windows are sealed. If you only have single paned glass, shrink-wrapping plastic over them can make a huge difference (you just tape plastic wrap around your window and then go over it with a blow dryer so it sticks to the glass).

Also make sure you're not losing heat through cracks around doors. A 1/8" (3mm) gap along a door is the same as having an 8 square inch (21cm square) hole in your wall. You can buy weather stripping to put along the door, make your own, or just put a towel in front of the door.


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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2010, 07:14:35 am »
During the Feb/Mar/April earlier this year my bill was around 100 000won. Thereafter (after I stopped using the floor heater) it dropped to around 5000won per month. I have my water boiler really low and just turn it on and off when I use it to shower. I dont plan on going back to 100 000won a month so I've invested in an electric heater and heating pad which together costed about 60 000won. Gas bill is still 5000ish.


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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2010, 08:01:26 am »
Last year I was using the floor heat and got some 100,000W bills. I decided to invest in a heater-fan last Feb or so and that bill went down to 10,000W and I didn't even notice a rise in my electric bill. So far this year my gas bill has stayed steady and my electric went up maybe by 5,000W.


Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2010, 08:05:05 am »
Thank you all so much for your comments. I think the way forward for me will be to seal the windows and buy a little space heater to use in my living room.

Again thank you.  ;)


Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2010, 01:38:05 pm »
Most buildings I have been in here are poorly insulated. You lose a lot of heat through the windows, doors, and walls. I would not recommend trying to keep your room at a constant temperature. Just turn the heater on when you're home and when you need it.

Agreed. I've also found that an investment in warm slippers really pays off here. Most buildings here are little more than concrete shells with no insulation at all, so if your heat is on high all day you'll be paying to heat your whole neighborhood. But if your heat isn't on high, your apartment is freezing. Warm blankets and slippers are the only solution...


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Re: Gas bill?
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2010, 10:10:21 pm »
I have a officetel and under my sink are 2 valves that control the heat going to the kitchen (주방) and one for the living room (거실).

If you turn the blue valve up it shuts off the heat for that section of the floor. 
(See the attached photo for a ref.)  I turned off the floor heat under my kitchen and its fine.   

This will really help with your gas bill especially if you live in a larger apt and don't use some of the bedrooms.