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Old 02-26-2012, 02:11 PM
 
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We will be closing on our home this coming week. I would like to know if any of you could give us estimate of what are electric bill would be. The house is all electric and no trees. During the day the electric will likely be set between 75-78 degrees.
The house is right at 2,300 square feet.
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:15 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Huh?? You need to provide more info.
The SIZE of the home, the location, insulation? new windows? any appliances energy efficient? open floors? swimming pool/whirlpool? More important info regarding this home??
How many people will live there? Any kids?
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land
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Year of the built is very important as other details "elnina" mentioned.
If is a green house / energy saving features then you should be in good shape, probably no more than $100-125 a month during summer, else double that + some more if is an old house
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:21 PM
 
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My 2000 sqft house built in '84 peaks at around $200 in electricity use @ $ .10kw-h in the summer. Original insulation but new ac unit. High ceilings probably don't help.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:25 PM
 
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It's so hard to estimate for all the points mentioned above. We have a 2008 4300sq ft which is supposed to be energy efficient. Our highest electric bill last year was in August $274.99.
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Westbury
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1964 home, 2090 sq ft, energy efficient upgrades/reno, semi open floor plan, north/south facing, large patio french doors and windows throughout home, partial shade in front, wood blinds on all windows/honeycomb shades on patio doors which are closed during the day in the summer. temp set to 75 when we are home and 85 during business hours when we are not (though work from home periodically and a few thermostat wars). house never got above 80-81 in the peak of summer last year. stove and water heater are gas. our highest electric bill was $160 <-- 2 computers running 24/7 plus lots of tv. minimal use of electric dryer

$160 includes a premium for 100% renewable energy
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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1964 home, 2090 sq ft, energy efficient upgrades/reno, semi open floor plan, north/south facing, large patio french doors and windows throughout home, partial shade in front, wood blinds on all windows/honeycomb shades on patio doors which are closed during the day in the summer. temp set to 75 when we are home and 85 during business hours when we are not (though work from home periodically and a few thermostat wars). house never got above 80-81 in the peak of summer last year. stove and water heater are gas. our highest electric bill was $160 <-- 2 computers running 24/7 plus lots of tv. minimal use of electric dryer

$160 includes a premium for 100% renewable energy
But you have trees in Westbury.
Trees can make huge difference new or old. Never had some of the bills the new "energy efficient" homes have on here..and my current is 60 years old and 4,000 +/- sf

I turn off the AC in two zones,when to leave town, and I've never seen this house hit over 82, even when it's in the 100's.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:07 PM
 
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What you notice when this question comes up is that there are too many variables to know what your bill will be; old house or new, energy efficient or not, pool or no pool, gas drier or electric, 1 a/c unit or 2 and both running or only one, in shade of trees or not, at home all day or at work.

Before we moved from Scotland I trawled through this forum and took the most expensive examples of monthly bills and then hoped that we wouldn't hit the highest. I am happy to report that most bills were about half way between the least and most expensive. The only 'surprise' bill was our monthly utility bill, our average monthly bill in 2011 was $95.09 which still seems expensive to me.
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Westbury
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But you have trees in Westbury.
Trees can make huge difference new or old. Never had some of the bills the new "energy efficient" homes have on here..and my current is 60 years old and 4,000 +/- sf

I turn off the AC in two zones,when to leave town, and I've never seen this house hit over 82, even when it's in the 100's.
my area - we HAD our trees... until the hurricane. my immediate neighbors and i have a large pine tree between us - mine. that is the partial shade i mentioned

i will be planting this fall though
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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'95 build, 2200 sq ft, new-ish AC, solar screens outside, cellular shades & ceiling fans inside, crappy old windows, storm doors front & back, original roof, 10' ceilings throughout, cheap-o digital thermostat set to 74-77 throughout the day... peaks about $170 for 3 months. The biggest money-saver is the high SEER AC. There are a few shade trees but most are away from the house. If it were a new build I'd probably be seeing $120. I've lived in houses & apartments, old & new and each time the newer it was, the more efficient it was. Also, all-electric ate me alive in the winter on a '70s home, just as bad as the summer. Much cheaper to heat your home with gas.
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