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Old 12-17-2006, 07:59 PM
 
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For air-conditioning and for a pool? if you have it.
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Old 12-17-2006, 09:42 PM
 
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For air-conditioning and for a pool? if you have it.
no pool, went on the 13 month averag plan. 115.00?

Gas 18.00 per month

water etc. 35.00 per month

aol 17.00 per month

no cable

phone 35.00 per month

dogs! I will get back with this budget, food, frontline, shots, grooming, and yes heartworm, Yikes? Oh, yes the aussie, a cleaning of her teeth, now 2007,
the shots, anyone wish to hire a cute dog?
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Old 12-17-2006, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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With everything, 290.00 a month Without air conditioning 150.00 a month. I have been over 300.00 some summer months when it did not rain.
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Old 12-18-2006, 07:05 AM
 
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This was the year of our highest bills ever. We have a 2-yr old a/c, insulated attic, insulated curtains and keep the thermostat at 77/78 and it was still $300+ each month this summer. Maybe that's better than the cost of heating a home up north so may not seem bad but we're used to no greater than $250 during just August so it was a definite increase. A neighbor's bill was the same as last year but she is away from home 10+ hours at work and sets her house at 80. I'm a stay-at-home mom and we're home a lot more.
So, as the saying goes, your mileage will vary.
Luckily, there are things you can do to lower your bills. Other neighors of ours were paying $500+ last summer mainly because they didn't do anything different, so I know our efforts to lower the bill were helping...
We do have a pool, however, and the pump does add to the cost. It's not heated though.
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Old 12-18-2006, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Central FL
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My Electric for 3200 square foot house with lots of electronics going all the time and a pool averages 300 a month. It's about 200 in the winter and 400 in the summer. BUt we have averaging on our bill so our monthly costs stay the same year round.
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Old 12-18-2006, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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My highest electric bill this year was $200 and change; no pool, have a hot tub, and we keep the electric going to the motor home (a/c off, dehumidifier going). But, we use gas for water heater and cooking (about $500 for the year). And I'm not stingy with my a/c either but it's only my husband and me and we just simply don't do the revolving door thing like the little ones do!
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Old 12-18-2006, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Ocala area in Central FL
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All electric home
  • 4/2/2
  • 3 yrs old
  • Marion County
  • No Trees for shade (developers strip everything)
  • Windows covered with blinds and insulated drapes
Our SECO bill this summer ran between $240 and $270 with the thermostat at 76 (or lower, if needed, to de-humidify the house) year round.

All of our friends who live in Lake County have MEOWED Big Time this summer with their energy rate increase their bills are all like $300 - $400. YIKES

BTW: It was cheaper to heat our 1920's two story, w/full basement, northern home which we converted to all electric... in the winter, that house ran us about $180 a month (It's windows are all original too). But I will not complain about my Winter Weather here.. I do not mind shoveling or plowing snow, but I also like warm weather. hahaha
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Old 12-18-2006, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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Yes I forgot, I use wood gas for cooking and set my air conditioner (when I use it) at 72. When I go to someone's house and their air conditioner is at 78 or 80 I sweat so much that I ask them "why not just open the windows and get fans"? A friend of mine in MN who love sit cold (he's a bodybuilder) swears to me it's less expensive to heat his house than it was to air condition the trailer he had to live in Miami. As for shoveling snow he says he can clear his driveway in 10 minutes.
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Old 12-18-2006, 01:57 PM
 
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Smile Is it controlling humidity?

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When I go to someone's house and their air conditioner is at 78 or 80 I sweat so much that I ask them "why not just open the windows and get fans"?
LOL. It depends. An a/c's main function is to rid the house of humidity, which is what makes us feel hotter than the actual temp.
Our neighbor's house feels like an oven at 77 cuz it's old, inefficient and due to leaks in the ducts is cooling their attic too! When a unit is in that condition it can't possible be of any use. When I take the kids over for a playdate I ask them to put the ceiling fan on and I sit underneath it.
Their bills are 500+/month, yet they aren't in any rush to replace the unit and/or fix the leaks. One day...
Our unit is 2 years old, no leaks, highly efficient at ridding the house of humidity and 77 feels pretty nice in comparison. On a few occasions I turned it off in summer and tried to just use fans. The temp quickly rises to 84 and mega muggy and in my opinion that's a WHOLE lot worse than 77.
When a unit works as it should, even 78 is way better than off.
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Old 12-18-2006, 03:29 PM
 
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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Humidity is a HUGE contributor to how much you sweat, no matter what the actual temperature is. We keep our thermostat at 79 most of the year, and unless we have had the doors or windows open to let the dampness in, we are quite comfortable. But anything higher than 79 is way too warm, and it usually doesn't kick on enough to get the dampness out, especially at night. And because there is usually at least one person in the house at all times, we have to keep it on constantly.

We only air-condition 1,000 sq. feet and our average electric bill is $200 give or take $10-20, depending on how hot it is. We use electric stove, water heater, etc.
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