U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Texas > Dallas
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 09-23-2013, 04:04 PM
 
1,516 posts, read 1,765,220 times
Reputation: 3110

Advertisements

Our rental house is around 4100 sf and hasn't been maintained well. We had a $460 dollar bill last month which I wasn't too happy about. Couple of issues:

-kids turned the up stairs thermostat way down and I was wondering why the house was so frigid for a week. Since then, I've taped over the thermostat, lol. It is set at 78.
-filters had probably not been changed in several years. They were so disintegrated and disgusting. Absolutely coated with filth.
-attic looks to be a mess. Probably some of the duct work is damaged. Heck, we noticed a big hole in the roof and notified the landlord. Some of the rooms are arctic cold, others quite hot.
-no shady trees, no screens, etc.
-original AC units on one air conditioner. Think the house is 17 years old.

In comparison, our neighbors have a slightly smaller house with a 240 dollar bill. New units, solar panels, and they've done some efficiency things. When we buy, first thing we are going to do is an energy audit.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 09-25-2013, 03:10 PM
 
32 posts, read 45,892 times
Reputation: 85
Quote:
Originally Posted by serger View Post
So wait, in addition to the energy upgrades, you also added 2000 sq. ft. to the house?
Yes! Added on a family room plus a full 2nd story.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-25-2013, 03:29 PM
 
11 posts, read 11,812 times
Reputation: 24
how much does an energy audit cost, and how do you know they do a good job ?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-25-2013, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
19,637 posts, read 53,511,196 times
Reputation: 18549
CoServ does them for free if you're in their territory.
__________________
Moderator for Utah, Salt Lake City, Diabetes, Cancer, Pets forums
http://www.city-data.com/forumtos.html

Realtors are welcome here but do see our Realtor Advice to avoid infractions.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-01-2013, 08:00 PM
 
140 posts, read 178,569 times
Reputation: 160
2 units, 3,100 square feet, with a pool and heatable spa - $370 a month in the summer. We keep the AC set at 78-81 depending on time of day. Programmable thermostat.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-01-2013, 10:25 PM
 
3 posts, read 4,413 times
Reputation: 15
$170 here with 3200 sqft. We keep it at 76. We also have heavy insulation, radiant barrier, a nest thermostat, and a lot of tree coverage.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-03-2013, 09:54 PM
 
1,212 posts, read 1,770,697 times
Reputation: 1073
poster needs newer units. we have 5,500 square feet, four units, bedrooms 70 at night and house 75 during day. Bills run around 600 when it is hot. I would also look at other sources of electricity. For example, the extra fridge in the garage sucks it up.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-04-2013, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Southlake. Don't judge me.
2,810 posts, read 3,567,728 times
Reputation: 3600
With summer over, I can report - 4,500 sq ft. House built in '91, we haven't had an "energy audit" or anything like that. Two units, both of which are newer (last 5 years or so? Would have to recheck) Electric bills were consistently in the $250-$275 range. BUT, we keep the temps at 80 on the upper level, 78-79 on the lower level, and as I've stated numerous times, we have many trees around us that shade the house. Also have a gas range rather than electrc and a gas clothes dryer. That said, gas bills have been around $35/month, so pretty de minimis.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-04-2013, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Anytown, USA
681 posts, read 1,333,476 times
Reputation: 376
Quote:
Originally Posted by synchronicity View Post
With summer over, I can report - 4,500 sq ft. House built in '91, we haven't had an "energy audit" or anything like that. Two units, both of which are newer (last 5 years or so? Would have to recheck) Electric bills were consistently in the $250-$275 range. BUT, we keep the temps at 80 on the upper level, 78-79 on the lower level, and as I've stated numerous times, we have many trees around us that shade the house. Also have a gas range rather than electrc and a gas clothes dryer. That said, gas bills have been around $35/month, so pretty de minimis.
gas is the way to go if you can get it!!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-04-2013, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Southlake. Don't judge me.
2,810 posts, read 3,567,728 times
Reputation: 3600
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Chad View Post
gas is the way to go if you can get it!!
"Gas range", as I've said several times on these forums, was one the BIG issues in our house search. We turned down several otherwise attractive candidates because they had electric cooktops, sometimes on islands where a conversion to gas would have been exorbitantly costly.

I have no idea what impact that has on the electric bills, however.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Texas > Dallas
View detailed profiles of:
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top