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Old 09-26-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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Sounds like you're missing some insulation! $400+ is some serious coin - the good news is that it's easier to get an ROI on some relatively simple changes.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Lake Forest Round Rock, Tx
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Wow, really? My husband and I are obviously clueless about this kind of stuff. Thank you for the information. We'll look into that this weekend.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Wow, really? My husband and I are obviously clueless about this kind of stuff. Thank you for the information. We'll look into that this weekend.
I'd look into the kids aspect. It's one thing if they want to be comfortably cool, another if they are leaving the 'stat set too low when they're gone or sleeping under the covers and a quilt at night!

I think we're running about half your bill in 3600+ sq ft(PEC, if that makes a difference). Is it safe to assume you have the system checked yearly and are changing the filters on a regular basis? If the system is being overtaxed for some reason, the short-term cost of higher monthly electric bills will pale in comparison to replacing or repairing the HVAC system.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:39 AM
 
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Wow, really? My husband and I are obviously clueless about this kind of stuff. Thank you for the information. We'll look into that this weekend.
Since you have a new build, there should be a sheet of paper somewhere around your attic or garage that lists the R value of all your insulation(s), and the type used. You may also want to have your AC units checked by a professional, as there could be issues with the system as well.

Who was your builder?
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Wow, really? My husband and I are obviously clueless about this kind of stuff. Thank you for the information. We'll look into that this weekend.
We'd also need to know what other electric appliances are in the house. An electric dryer, water heater and range can use up a chunk of electric power if used on a regular basis. It might not be all about the A/C .
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:36 AM
 
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We'd also need to know what other electric appliances are in the house. An electric dryer, water heater and range can use up a chunk of electric power if used on a regular basis. It might not be all about the A/C .
Agreed. Summer electric bills can also be more because the kids are off school and there is just a lot more usage with everything during the day including lights, TVs, video games, air purifiers, or whatever (pool heater/pump?).
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:46 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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Do you have a second fridge or freezer in the garage? HUGE energy suck (always) and in central Texas especially because garages get so hot.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Lake Forest Round Rock, Tx
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We'd also need to know what other electric appliances are in the house. An electric dryer, water heater and range can use up a chunk of electric power if used on a regular basis. It might not be all about the A/C .
We have a gas range and water heater. Our dryer and oven are electric.

I just talked to my husband, and he said wellll...we have a very open floor plan, and we have a wall of 8 windows (two rows of 4 windows that are approximately 5 ft x 3ft) in the living room. We have two big pecan trees in the backyard, but we still get a lot of sun coming through those windows in the afternoon.

We contacted 3M about window tinting, but they never got back with us. Maybe we need to follow up with them or contact another company.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Lake Forest Round Rock, Tx
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Do you have a second fridge or freezer in the garage? HUGE energy suck (always) and in central Texas especially because garages get so hot.

Nope, no fridge or freezer in the garage.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Does that bill also include water and waster? If it is the COA bill, then it does, and your bill is not nearly so out of line, then.
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