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Old 07-31-2009, 11:51 AM
Location: Crown Town
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Originally Posted by diamondplayer View Post
Our most recent bill that ended 7/16/09 was for $171.53. We used 72 fewer KWH than the 7/17/08 bill which was for 171.96. Both were for 33 days. It comes to about 5.20 a day for electric. Wonder what it will be with Cap and Tax. We have a 3,000 sq. ft. house with an open floor plan. We keep the downstairs at 75 during the day and 73 in the evening and 71 at bed time. Upstairs is usually at 77 day, 75 eve and 72, 73 at night.
Goodness, 71 degrees?? And thats at bed time? I know how you can save some money. I guess you would burn up in my house, LOL.
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Old 07-31-2009, 02:13 PM
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What is Duke's per Kwh charge/rate?
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Old 07-31-2009, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Carolina Blue View Post
Goodness, 71 degrees?? And thats at bed time? I know how you can save some money. I guess you would burn up in my house, LOL.
71 at night is not as bad as it sounds. Its a lot different if its set at 71 during the heat of the day. At night it doesn't kick of that regularly. Besides my wife is ALWAYS HOT, then again she did just celebrate her 50th. The best is when the temp is 55-60 and no humidity. The window fan goes in a I only crack open the bedroom windows that we are using. BBRRR!
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:50 PM
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Ahh. I grew up here in the South in the days when home air-conditioning was uncommon. We didn't have it until for a few years and I would often come and stay with my grandparents here in CLT who never had it and didn't see the need for AC. To be fair, they did have a house that was built before anyone even knew such a thing was possible so it had very high ceilings, was arranged to take advantage of the breeze and shade and had porches for sitting outside when it was hot.

The point is this is how people used to live not long ago and got by fine. So if you want to maintain the inside of a large house at a Canada like environment in the Southern summer, it's going cost some money. A lot of it depending upon your viewpoint of things.
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:54 PM
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Mine has gone from about $71.00 a month to $130.00 for Dec. Next time I am going to ask that my meter be re-read. On the warmer days I turn the heat off. I keep the thermostat at 70 degrees. The night before I left it off. Tonight it will be set at 68 degree's. Sealing the winter sometimes helps in the winter. My bill for the summer is anywhere from $58.00 to $75.00.
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:05 AM
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our bill was 195 last month and this month it somehow came to be 410... thats crazy considering that we havent been using the ac or the heater for about 2 months now because the temperature outside is cool, we havent gotten any new appliances and nothing has changed. i would imagine for the bill to go from 195 to 410 someone would have to add multiple major appliances and leave them on all day. reliant is ridiculous.
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:21 AM
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Sometimes if you turn off the heater and then it gets cold and you have to turn it back on, it does take a lot to bring the house back up to that temperature because of what it was previously. I had that happen to me when I lived in VA Beach and the temp was set at about 50 (because the house was empty) a friend visited and turned the heat on for the two days boy that bill was a shocker it was 200+ dollars. It didn't help that the house was 3600 sq ft. There were some cold days in February.
I would still question it and have them come out to check that there is nothing wrong with the meter.
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Old 03-13-2010, 05:11 PM
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Our electric bills have been going down by $250/month over the past few months.
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Old 03-13-2010, 06:59 PM
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The reason why A/C came into play is because there is no cross ventilation in today's homes so what breeze there is to catch in the summer doesn't flow through the house and that can be laid at the feet of the developers and their floor plans.
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