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Unread 04-22-2007, 04:32 PM
 
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Default how HOT does it get in Atlanta

We're considering making a move to the ATL area, can anyone tell me what's the summer like out that way? Plus what does your electric bill look like during the summer? We're looking at getting a house around 3500 sq. ft.
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Unread 04-23-2007, 07:04 AM
 
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It's very hot. It's very humid. 90s most of the time.
Big house=big bills. Look into some energy efficient ways of cooling. I don't remember offhand what our summer bills look like but they're fairly high.
Don't let it deter you unless you are miserable in the heat. It gets hot everywhere on the east coast. But pools abound here.
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Unread 04-23-2007, 09:04 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Hot compared to what? You didn't mention where you're moving FROM.

If you're in Alaska, it's hot. If you're moving up from Florida or Houston, it's not quite so hot.

Regarding bills - a 3500 square foot house can have utilities that very widely vary depending on what you set the thermostat at, how much insulation you have, the types of windows you use, and the utility companies in your area. There is no way to accurately even do a ballpark on that.
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Unread 04-23-2007, 09:22 AM
 
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It gets hot in Atlanta????
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Unread 04-23-2007, 09:46 AM
 
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For about 3000 sqft, our bill is about 300$ in Aug/Sep for Electricity and about $300 in Jan/Feb for Natural Gas. This may not mean much as others indicated, but this was at settings of 76 in summer and 70 in winter.
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Unread 04-23-2007, 07:22 PM
 
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As the other "posters" have said, it varies a lot depending on the amount of shade your home will get, the insulation, and just how much heat and humidity you can handle. Two suggestions, whatever home you buy, put additional insulation into the attic, wheter it's rolled, blown, etc. Second, find a contractor who can install radiant heat barriers in your attic. They are very cost effective, attach to the roof decking and reflect a fairly high percentage of the heat. And if you have any money left over, put in a pool! Just let us know when the hamburgers are ready!
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Unread 10-30-2009, 04:27 PM
 
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The air condition season is short in Atlanta. Only from late May to Early September. My 3100 sq foot home only costs about $100 per month (June - Aug ) and about $75 in May and September. I set the thermostat on 76F.

Like an earlier post said, where are you moving from? Orlando and Houston on average will cross the 90 degree mark over 100 days per year and for seven months. Atlanta only has three months and only about 35 days on average over 90 degrees with much lower humidity.
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Unread 10-30-2009, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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The air condition season is short in Atlanta. Only from late May to Early September. My 3100 sq foot home only costs about $100 per month (June - Aug ) and about $75 in May and September. I set the thermostat on 76F.
My wife would kill me if I did that. It has to be 72.
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Unread 10-30-2009, 09:16 PM
 
Location: East Cobb
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Hot compared to what? You didn't mention where you're moving FROM.

If you're in Alaska, it's hot. If you're moving up from Florida or Houston, it's not quite so hot.

Regarding bills - a 3500 square foot house can have utilities that very widely vary depending on what you set the thermostat at, how much insulation you have, the types of windows you use, and the utility companies in your area. There is no way to accurately even do a ballpark on that.
Right on all points, Greg.

We have an 1,800 sq foot house, keep thermostats at 78 in summer and pay Cobb EMC around $350 per month in July and August. When we first moved here from northern Canada we set the thermostats at 72, but our electric bill for August hit $550. Our house is about 20 years old and has single pane windows. It does have fibreglass batts in the attic and we're replaced both furnaces and air conditioners within the the last five years. So I guess the place is just under-insulated.

I'm mentioning our high bills to provide a counterpoint to the other poster who claims $100 per month for a 3,100 sq foot house. As Greg said, costs vary so much it seems risky to budget based on others' experiences.
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Unread 10-30-2009, 11:39 PM
 
Location: GA
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It gets hot in Atlanta????
No.
My electric bill is around $150-175/month during summer.

It's not very humid; few days over 90. Atlanta has less extremes in weather than most parts of the country.
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