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Old 05-15-2012, 09:29 AM
 
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Question Electric bill on 1200 square ft condo/house in summer

What is the average electric bill on a 1200square foot home? If you keep the ac on 70degrees? In the summer months?
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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I pay about 58-65 a month. But it really depends on how much shade coverage you have also. Is it backed up to some trees? are your windows all covered with blinds/curtains?
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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Is this a condo or house? That is cheap only 65 a month in the summer?
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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It's all over the map.

It depends a great deal on the efficiency of your unit, the insulation in the house, and a host of other factors.

$58 would be the low end. You could pay upwards of $185 or so. You could even have a unit that no matter what you set it to will never get your place lower than 70 during the day. I have a 2000 square foot house with no shade. Even if my A/C works nonstop all day long, it will never bring the upstairs of my house below 75 between 5p-8p, when the attic has had a full day of direct sun. I have an old underpowered unit, crummy insulation, and 2 floors....but this arrangement isn't all that uncommon.

At least at 1200 square feet you probably only have 1 floor. And that sounds like an older home, so your ducts probably run through a crawl space instead of up in the attic (much easier for the air to stay cool under the house than in the hot attic). Still, if your house is older and isn't insulated well and/or has an inefficient old unit, expect to pay a lot more.

If you have a condo, the price is less because you have fewer exterior walls. If you're on the top floor, you'll pay more.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:37 AM
 
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Thanks really good info
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:49 AM
 
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What is the average electric bill on a 1200square foot home? If you keep the ac on 70degrees? In the summer months?
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Uh, if you keep the AC on 70 around here during the dead of summer, you're literally going to be paying for it.

Unless you work at home, maybe get one of those programmable thermostats and set it to the high 70s while you're out, and the low-to-mid 70s while you're home?
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:17 PM
 
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If it is all electric, you could pay anywhere from $80 to $200 depending on how insulated your condo is. There are many factors affecting this: age of HVAC, how shaded your property is, and so on. Keeping it at 70 degrees will run you higher on average.

You could call the electric company and ask for historical monthly averages in the summer if they have them handy to tell you. I think they can go back one year.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:03 PM
 
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I have a three-floor town home that is about 1372 square feet. Up until now, the lowest floor was rarely used, and the one room in the upper floor was my office, where I generally worked from home.

Thermostat is usually around 64 in the winter and 72-73 in the summer. Our bills range from a high of $200-$250 during the hottest summer and coldest winter months (less than $150 this winter), to a low of $60 or so in the nice months. This is for two people who spend most of their time at home. There's almost always a TV on, my computer is always active, but we use very little lighting.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:30 AM
 
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I have a 1BR and I keep the lights on in the bathroom 24/7 and the kitchen all night due to my own personal unreasonable quirks (it makes me feel better thinking it will ward off roaches and mildew).

With that said, I haven't turned on the AC all summer and I have been paying $60 a month in electric. The apartment has no gas.

Is this normal?
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Atlanta (Peachtree Hills)
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Probably somewhere in the low-to-mid 100's.
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