You didn't happen to move to a loft apartment in No Libs, did you?
I only ask because I lived in 2 bedroom loft apartment there for 2 years and we were paying PECO bills that were around $300 a month. The summer would be $400+ to cool the place. And our cooking was all gas. We found out that our bi-level loft actually needed 2 HVAC units to heat and cool the place and it only had 1. We ended up breaking our lease and moving out. A bunch of us in the building were going to try to sue the owner of the building, but it was far too complicated to deal with. We lost a lot of money there.
Oh good lord. Yes, we are in a 1 Bedroom bi-level loft in No Libs, possibly the same complex as you were in (Piazza?). If it is the same place, I may in a different building than you were since we have an electric range. That is just crazy to me if this is correct. We have had our heating/cooling off most of the time and the bill was only for 10 days. PECO said that they are going to send someone out to re-read it since they say it was an estimate. I just can't get over that someone would construct such an inefficient building.
Thanks for the heads up. If this is what we are going to end up paying, I guess the good news is that we are only planning to stay here through the summer when we hope to move out of state. That really sucks, though.
Oh no! Good news though, that wasn't our building so definitely get it checked out. About a zillion people live there, so I can't imagine that if there were some really horrible issues we wouldn't have heard about it. We lived at the Becker Building, at 3rd & Girard. The guy who built Becker is a real dirtbag and I have no problem blasting that out on the great interwebs. A bunch of the residents at the time banded together and tried to pursue a lawsuit, but what we ended up hearing from a lot of people is that this guy knows the "right" people and basically it would be a joke and we would lose. A lot of people don't like Blatstein who did the piazza, but at least he had a real hand in turning that neighborhood around and bringing a wonderful thing to the community.
Our friends lived at your complex (and so did Tony Danza, ha!) and they had the absolutely coolest apartment. I don't remember them complaining at bills, but I can ask them. They did complain about the walls being paper thin, but they also lived in the original building before the built the others. They said they knew all of details of neighbors personal lives by just sitting in their living room.
So I wouldn't worry about it just yet until you get stuff checked out. In a loft, it's going to take more to heat and cool but unless they built that place azz backwards (like my old building) then you shouldn't see that big of an issue. Also check out the No Libs message board to see if anyone is complaining about those sorts of issues on there.
Good luck with everything and keep us posted.