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Old 01-30-2009, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I'm curious. I heard this on a call in radio show yesterday and I was amazed at what people's electric bills are. I heard from $180.00 to over $700.00. How are people doing it? Also give some tips on how to cut back.

Keep the temp in your house lower.
Lower your water heater setting.
Insulation.
Buy a smaller house.

I don't have an electric bill because I am off grid. At these rates our pay back will be faster than expected.
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:22 AM
 
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In Sao Paulo it's in the seventies but it's cool, even with the unending rain. There's little to no humidity to "warm" it up like I'm used to, so it feels warm but not really muggy. I haven't had the heat on at all. Apparently the weather here is more constant than even San Diego's, so in the summer it should hopefully be sunny and 70. Please god. I can't take any more rain.

In Chicago my heating bills were ridiculously low, in part because I kept my vents open so the family beneath me paid for my warmth I also was never really home, so I only ever really slept in my apartment.

In Los Angeles I definitely had the air conditioning on during the summer, because, well... god almighty it's hot. In the winter there were a surprising number of days where I was actually cold.
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:42 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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For my 2 bedroom apartment it was $50 last month for gas and electric. If I had decent, energy efficient appliances it would probably be less.
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:33 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Atlanta metro: $165.00 last month.

That's for a 1 story 40 year old ranch home with soso wall insulation but decent attic insulation. I do use some electric heaters and stuff, though. Not real bad. In the height of summer with the central air conditioning I've seen it climb up toward $280.00, though.
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:39 AM
 
Location: downeast
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downeast maine- last month was 150.

family of 7, 5 kids ages 11-19 and two adults. 15 yo house
two years ago we were averaging 300/mos.
made a LOT of changes, our bill was 120/mos thru until dec (heating season and holidays) then went to 150 last month. will probably stay there until spring.
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:45 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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West Michigan. Family of 6 living in a 2300 square foot house built in 1942. Electric clothes dryer, Natural Gas for heat, Hot water and cooking. Decembers Electric bill was $42.72. Gas bill was $174.25. During the Summer when we have an air conditioner or two running it is around $70 on average for Electric and $30 for Natural Gas.
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I'm impressed. TN has gotten really expensive for electric.
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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FL panhandle- 1700sf well-insullated all electric single family house. We paid $164.25 for what was a warmer than usual December where we rarely had to turn on the heater (and had to run the AC a couple times to get the humidity down)

Insulation can make a huge difference. We used to pay around $250 in winter and summer months when we lived in a 1000sf cinderblock essentially uninsulated townhouse by the beach.
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:46 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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SE Oregon, on the dry (high desert) side of the Cascades - Nov and Dec electric bills have been $70 and $90, respectively, down from an average of $125 since we put the solar thermal panels in to do domestic hot water and the radiant floor. December's bill was higher because we had a very cloudy week and the electric hot water and electric radiant boiler had to kick in. We use propane for the stove top, everything else is electric.

The electric rate is about 8 cents a kwh, one of the lower in the nation.

ETA: that's two people in an 1,800 sf passive solar, very well insulated house, built in late 2007

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Old 01-30-2009, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I paid $59.00 last month for my 3 bedroom/2 ba house.
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