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Old 08-23-2011, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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As long as I'm not racking up $200+ electric bills in the summer, I'll be happy. I will be seeing a lot of houses in Highlands Ranch and Parker tomorrow. Saw a nice one in Centennial already...loved the neighborhood (2 miles north of Arapahoe off Piccadilly). It was right next to a hilltop vista. Beautiful.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:58 PM
 
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A $200+ (if not quite a bit more) Xcel bill for an air-conditioned home in this part of town is pretty typical. My bill runs about $60 per month sans a/c. My friend and neighbor just received a bill for over $400.

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Old 08-23-2011, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Is he still your neighbor, or did he shoot himself?
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:15 PM
 
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She can afford it.
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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I live in the southern burbs. My highest summer electric bill ever was about $150. And thats with a SW facing house...now we have IREA not Excel so not sure if that matters. We keep blinds closed during the day and the temp between 75-78.
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:20 PM
 
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I live in the southern burbs. My highest summer electric bill ever was about $150. And thats with a SW facing house...now we have IREA not Excel so not sure if that matters. We keep blinds closed during the day and the temp between 75-78.
I seem to remember IREA being more affordable than Xcel, but I'd have to compare rates to be sure. Also, I believe you live in fairly new construction. Older Centennial homes aren't nearly as energy-efficient.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Is electricity deregulated in this state?

--No, it is not (had to answer my own question because I can't delete my posts yet).

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Old 08-24-2011, 02:08 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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we have IREA not Xcel so not sure if that matters
Matters a lot in the summer.
Xcel Energy has Time-of-Year pricing.
In the Summer, we pay approximately 5/kWh for the first 500 kWh each month and double that for everything above.
60% of Xcel customers use more than 500 kWh per month.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:18 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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LOL! I am heat intolerant! You can imagine how rough that must be for me living through this Bakersfield summer!
Have you had central a/c in Bakersfield? Then yes, get it in or near Denver, too..... I was raised in the San Joaquin Valley, near Sacramento.....it gets hot, just like Bakersfield. For over 25 years, I saw the ocean from my house in S. California, almost never needed it......then we moved to Windsor, CO. late May......we have used our central a/c every day for weeks.......get it. We will definitely be using the central heating and gas fireplace this winter. Houses have basements here.....life is different. Get it.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:32 AM
 
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If the neighborhood allows, I like swamp coolers vs central air.
Ceiling fans are all we need during the summer. Heating is a must, of course!
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