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Old 02-05-2008, 04:23 AM
 
Location: OH->FL->NJ
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Default What does your electric bill in August for 3000 SF?

Say a house built in the year 2000 for example, say 3000 SF.

debating someone when I told them about a friend that moved to Dallas and paid 210K for a 2800 SF palace. (Im in NJ where something at 210K would be on fire at the time. I get to rent forever so, Yes, I have house envy) The person I was talking to said the electric bill for AC would be massive...

So how much is it really?
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Old 02-05-2008, 06:15 AM
 
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It depends on a lot of things. For instance, I just renegotiated for 8.33cents/kwhr for my electric bill. With that rate I could cool that house to my family's satisfaction for about $200 in August in such a new place. My bill for my 1970s 2000 square foot house will be about $140-150 this August.

But some people go crazy with 72 AC settings and incandescent light bulbs (instead of CFLs). In that case I've heard people running up $400 bills for such a house.

Jason
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Old 02-05-2008, 06:43 AM
 
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Our 2400 sq ft house built in the 1960s is about $500 in August. No pool.
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Old 02-05-2008, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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A lot depends - the bill could be $200 in Aug - it could be $500. We have a 2576 sq ft home built in 1976. Still have single pane windows, but we've replaced the AC with an efficient unit and insulated the attic. Our August bill was $225. We keep our AC on 75. Our cost this summer waw 12.5 cents/KwH, but we've changed to a different plan since then to get 9.1 cents - so our bill would have been $165-170 at that rate.
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Old 02-05-2008, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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Our 2400 sq ft house built in the 1960s is about $500 in August. No pool.
Need me to come by? We can discuss your options for increasing the efficiency of your home.
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Old 02-05-2008, 07:05 AM
 
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Need me to come by? We can discuss your options for increasing the efficiency of your home.
Yeah, we're a sad case. It's not my house. It's my mothers. She's not very proactive although we got all new windows last year. This past summer - being mild - we were at about $400. I have no say in the situation. She pays that bill. Our problems started when we took down 3 big trees about 10 years ago. They were trash trees and needed to go, but the totally shaded the house for the late afternoon sun.
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Old 02-05-2008, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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Ah... shade makes such a major difference. I had a home built in 2000 in Allen that didn't have any shade. It was 2680 sq ft, and I believe I had locked in at 8.5 cents/KwH back then. It had two HVAC units, which I had upgrded during construction from 10-SEER to 12-SEER, but because the trees were just babies, the summer cooling bills were higher than my current 1976 home (that's only ~100 sq ft smaller).

Our attic doesn't ventilate properly (not enough vents in the soffits). We are getting quotes to get the soffits/facia/frieze/gutters redone - putting in Hardi board (w/continuous vents). That should make a difference this next summer... especially once I get back into the attic to finish the insulation - only have 2/3 of the attic completed. Other projects took priority.

Brian
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Old 02-05-2008, 08:58 AM
 
Location: OH->FL->NJ
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Im drooling at those electric rates. Summer rate is over 20 cents KWH.

Eh well. Employed uber alles.
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Old 02-05-2008, 09:50 AM
 
Location: White Rock Valley - Dallas
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I'd be very interested to know where you two are getting 8.33 and 9.1 cents, respectively, for electricity. LHNewbie is in Oncor area. Are you, JasonDFW?

The reason I ask is there have been no fixed plans with those rates that I have seen in a long time. In addition, all the fixed and variable rates I have seen (inc. today) have 2 monthly fixed charges which effectively drive the rate to around 12.5 cents whenever your consumption is below 1000kwh a month. Which in most cases is at least half the year.

(3100 sq ft, $190 in August, 10.9 cents inc. the 2 monthly fixed charges)
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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KBilly - you are assuming correct that I am not including the monthly service fees. Here's my last couple bills:

436KwH, $55.77, including fees = 12.8 cents/KwH
744KwH, $80.10, including fees = 10.7 cents/KwH
839KwH, $89.07, including fees = 10.6 cents/KwH

With the fees, at 1000KwH, we're looking at 10.1 cents/KwH. I think this is an Oncore area. I'm in Dallas proper - Lake Highlands area. Incidentally, including the fees, I was paying 13.5 cents/KwH durnig the summer (Aug = 1677 KwH, $227) before I changed plans with Gexa.

Kbilly - looks like you used 1743 KwH during the month of August (we used 1677). You have me curious - what year was your home built? What kind of windows/insulation/how many stories? Thanks.

Brian
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