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Old 06-22-2008, 06:03 PM
 
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Well, I don't recall the details, and what I do recall is fuzzy as I was just 17 when I left El Paso.

However, what I remember is that El Paso Electric Company partnered with another energy company to build the Palo Verde nuclear plant. The electricity rates for El Paso went up significantly.

After a few years, it was apparrent that costs were increasing, but no electricity was coming out at that time. I think either the citizens of El Paso filed a lawsuit, or El Paso Electric filed a lawsuit to get their money back, or something like that.

Anyway, El Paso customers were left holding the bag, and as a result, paid some of the highest electric rates in the country. I think El Paso now gets electricity from the grid which comes from the nuclear plant.

You might get an old-timer from El Paso who remembers to fill in the details.

Regards
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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yeah, if u have a one story house with a good Evaporative cooler, you should be good, even if its triple digits.
But a 2 story house, the heat rises so if you can live with staying downstairs during the heat of the day, there is no need for refrigerated air.
my house is try-level 2700 sq ft and has 2 evap coolers. we only run 1 and the temp upstairs never goes above 83 degrees.
but downstairs reches around 75 degrees
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:19 PM
 
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i actually have a tri level not a 2 storey as well.
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Old 06-22-2008, 10:18 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Thank you.. I recall what your talking about, just not the details. Thanks for clearing that up.

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Well, I don't recall the details, and what I do recall is fuzzy as I was just 17 when I left El Paso.

However, what I remember is that El Paso Electric Company partnered with another energy company to build the Palo Verde nuclear plant. The electricity rates for El Paso went up significantly.

After a few years, it was apparrent that costs were increasing, but no electricity was coming out at that time. I think either the citizens of El Paso filed a lawsuit, or El Paso Electric filed a lawsuit to get their money back, or something like that.

Anyway, El Paso customers were left holding the bag, and as a result, paid some of the highest electric rates in the country. I think El Paso now gets electricity from the grid which comes from the nuclear plant.

You might get an old-timer from El Paso who remembers to fill in the details.

Regards
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Old 06-23-2008, 03:17 PM
 
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I am thinking about going out of town to buy all the necessary components and then hiring someone here to install it. I'm originally from South Texas, where you will never see a swamp cooler. I honestly do not mind paying more to be comfortable. Has anyone here purchased a portable ac unit and if so, does it work well?
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Old 06-23-2008, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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I am thinking about going out of town to buy all the necessary components and then hiring someone here to install it. I'm originally from South Texas, where you will never see a swamp cooler. I honestly do not mind paying more to be comfortable. Has anyone here purchased a portable ac unit and if so, does it work well?
Portable (window) units work well, but they will only cool a few hundred square feet; at least for the regular units. And I could be wrong on that. I'm no expert in HVAC.

I kind of like the idea of swamp coolers in El Paso because of the low humidity.
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:18 PM
 
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I guess its just that Im not used to it. Have always lived with central AC. The portable unit that I am referring to is not a window unit. It does require a vent line out of a window, but it can be moved from room to room. Home depot has an LG model that states it can cool 500 square feet. It is a lil pricey though...$599.
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Old 06-23-2008, 11:21 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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I am thinking about going out of town to buy all the necessary components and then hiring someone here to install it. I'm originally from South Texas, where you will never see a swamp cooler. I honestly do not mind paying more to be comfortable. Has anyone here purchased a portable ac unit and if so, does it work well?
Hire 6/3 he is an AC specialist.
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Old 06-25-2008, 05:48 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I converted from evaporative to refrigerated four years ago. My place is single story, about 1600 sq ft. Cost was $7K, but that included replacing all of the home's ductwork, as it had deteriorated over the past 40+ years to the point that it was no longer usable. I got a high efficiency unit, so the increase in electric wasn't all that much. And the increase in comfort is significant.
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Old 06-25-2008, 10:34 AM
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Location: El Paso
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I had a tri-level, around 1,900 SF, and it cost me around $2,000 to convert it

I didn't see the horrendous bill that everybody is talking about

My current house is much bigger, has 2 units, and I spend around $100 a month, but I do have all energy efficient appliances, light bulbs, programmable thermostat and all charges are hooked up to power strips so they can be turned off when they are not in use.
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