I know it all depends on each family, i just wanted to get a rough idea on the electricity bill and/or gas bill?
Here in the U.S we are paying on average $100-$200 a MONTH, quarterly not sure (around $600 maybe)?
When paying the electric bill online, are you able to add money (in credit) whilst waiting for your quarterly bill to arrive? So that it squashes your bill down a bit and you know that you've paid the majority of it..I've gotten used to doing that here.
Majority of the stoves here are electric stoves rather than gas stoves.
Also, how does the hot water work there in homes? do you have to turn it on, wait for a while before you can run the bath or shower? or do they have an automatic switch?
Heating - living in London before I got married then lived in the states. So during the cold winters, we would use the heaters BUT I would wear always wear thick pj's in the house with thick socks and my GAP hoodies! So I want to save on heating bills if at all possible.
Aircon - here in Texas where temperatures reach 100 degrees (hot like Philippines), you can not live without having AC. Our AC comes on automatically for at least 10-15mins.
Garden - we have a garden at my parents house in London, we don't get nosey neighbors complaining that the grass it too high blah blah blah, but here in USA, you can get a fine if your front or back yard isn't maintained etc...(and I'm not a garden person!!) - is it the same over in SA?
Laundry - because of the space in my parents house in London, there was only room for a washer in the kitchen, here in the US we rent a washer and dryer for $40 a month in the garage. in SA, can you hang your clothes outside to dry (pending hot or warm weather conditions)? Will you need 'credit' to be able to rent a washer and dryer? and how much does it cost to rent? or what websites can I take a look at?
Cars- do aussies prefer automatic's over manuals? I'm a girl that enjoys stick shifting, but here in the US I haven't driven a manual car.