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Old 07-11-2008, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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Default Average Electric Bill

Hey guys, I did a search but didn't find anything. I am wondering what people's average summer electric bills are. I am just wondering if we are doing something wrong or what.

My specifics:

3600 square feet (built mid90s)
we added radiant heat barrier and more blown insulation this year
on my electic bill it says my average per kilowatt hr (including fees) was 14.58 cents
we keep the air downstairs set at 77 and up at 78


The bill was $460
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:10 PM
 
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We keep the temp at 80-81 during the day and turn it down 74-75 at night to sleep. Our house is 2025 sq ft - a one level ranch w/o high ceilings. I have cfl bulbs where I leave the lights on for longer period of times (outdoor flood, bathroom, kitchen)

Our June bill was $119.
May was $57.
We have Stream and our bills are always lower than everybody else I know.
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:14 PM
 
Location: TX
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sounds about right... ours just about reached 400 (last month was 270) I just readjusted the termostat so the temp during the day was 79 downstairs and 80 upstairs.
and evening to 78 till 10 then down to 77 for sleep (downstairs)
The kids can stay at 78!!
We will see if that brings it back down.
I did notice that on my bill last years avg temp was...87 and this year was 97
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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That is a high bill for the temperature you keep it at. You may want to have your HVAC checked by a professional. You may have a leak or your thermostat is not working, check the insulation in the attic...

I like my temp around 70... with more square footage than you and the bill is in the low 400 at the worst time. My husband and I work from home most of the time so it's on 24/7.

Who is your provider? We use Reliant.

Naima
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:21 PM
 
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I did notice that my bill is getting larger. June bill was $ 367 for a house that is a little over 1800 sq ft. I have really high ceilings though. It was a little higher than i expected considering i keep the thermostat at 81-82 day and night. together with the fans, it is pretty comfortable. this bill is about what i paid in august last year when i typically pay the highest cooling bill
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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I've been working from home most of the time, so we haven't been taking advantage of a setback during the day anymore. We just received out latest bill, which was for 1404 KwH (price is irrelevant, look at KwH usage since different folks get different rates). This is for a single story, 2576 sq ft home built in 1976. We do have a new 16-SEER air conditioning unit and have updated the attic insulation (still have the original single-pane windows though).

Edit: Oh yeah, we keep our thermostat at 76 degrees.

Last edited by lh_newbie; 07-11-2008 at 05:55 PM..
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Old 07-11-2008, 05:42 PM
 
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My house is about 2,200 sqft with really high ceilings. My last bill was $170 which I thought was a bargain. My wife is a stay at home mom and the thermostat pretty much stays at 76 degrees 24/7. I am expecting my next bill to be pretty close to $300.
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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When Oncor decides to actually correctly bill us via our 'new and improved' remotely read meter--we spent $89 to have one installed since we're unable to leave our gate unlocked for the meter readers...total nightmare but that's for another thread-- our stats are:

1750 sq feet, single story, built 1969, thermostat at 73-74 degrees, 24/7 = approx 1800 kWh during summer months @ 12.9 w/ Reliant

(This is also with about 5+ computers and other random geeky electronic stuff my husband likes to run a good 10 hrs a day.)

Our 3 ton AC is 12 years old, don't know the Seers rating, and our attic insulation is adequate, at best. But we do have kick *ss windows and that supposedly helps, plus it's a small thing but all our large windows are only on the north and south. Hubby cleans the outdoor unit really regularly and then uses a fin comb to help unclog all the pollen-y looking junk that collects in there. Something about improving the Delta T? Indoors we use a helpful little thermometer a HVAC friend gave us to frequently check the mid-cycle temps. Once you've had a freon leak and get a few outrageously unexplainable bills, one tends to gets paranoid.
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Old 07-11-2008, 09:34 PM
 
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"we spent $89 to have one installed since we're unable to leave our gate unlocked for the meter readers...total nightmare but that's for another thread"

I thought I was the only one who had this problem. My like my builder (Highland Homes) but whoever placed my meter was a moron. I'm glad the remote meter is only $89. I figured it would be a whole lot more expensive. They should never locate the meter in the backyard behind the fence. Near the garage or between the homes would be a much better place. Sorry I high jacked this thread.
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Old 07-11-2008, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Rowlett TX
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What power company do you guys suggest to go with, I have have commerce right now but am not happy with there customer service....Is there a website where I can compare rates?
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