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Old 07-26-2008, 09:50 PM
 
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Default average utility bills?

We live in a 900 sq. ft. home with 4 window AC units. Our last electric bill was over $400.00, not sure what the gas bill was. Since then we have put insulated curtins and blankets on the windows. We also put a ridge vent on the roof and our meter is running much slower. I hope that it will be reflected in the next bill. What are some of you paying for your utility bills?
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Old 07-26-2008, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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Last month I paid $250ish for a 3000 sq ft house.
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:14 PM
 
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last month i paid $80 for 1500 sq foot townhouse.
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Old 07-27-2008, 01:56 PM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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so far my highest bill is $180 for a 2600sqft house with recent price hike. AC off when not home. 77-80degrees when at home
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Old 07-27-2008, 03:40 PM
 
Location: The house on the hill
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Wow... I hope that helps you out. $400 for 900 sf is scary.

One thing I do is go around unpluging things that I don't need or use, things with clocks and timers on them. I shut the computer off at night (I used to leave it on). I changed out light bulbs from 100 watt to 60 watt in the bathrooms and dining room. I have also been hanging up laundry while it's wet rather than using the dryer for things like blouses. They dry quickly and it saves on electricy. Every little bit helps.
Lori
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Old 07-27-2008, 08:08 PM
 
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what electric company are ya'll with? From the sounds of it we are paying way too much for ours. I hope that this next bill will be better.
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:12 PM
 
Location: houston
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Wow $400 is pretty steep. I'm with Ambit and I paid $130 for 850sqft apartment. I have the stupid variable rate. Personally I think the $130 I paid is too high for the electricity I use. I have central air and it's usually off while I'm at work during the day.
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Houston
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We live in a 900 sq. ft. home with 4 window AC units. Our last electric bill was over $400.00, not sure what the gas bill was. Since then we have put insulated curtins and blankets on the windows. We also put a ridge vent on the roof and our meter is running much slower. I hope that it will be reflected in the next bill. What are some of you paying for your utility bills?
The key component for your HIGH AC bill are your 4 window units.
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:48 PM
 
Location: 77059
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The key component for your HIGH AC bill are your 4 window units.

Yes, very obviously. I'm surprised someone didn't chime in faster!!!

Our AC went out last year just before we bought a new one. One window unit + the ceiling fan + a box fan used the same amount of electricity hour per hour as the brand new central AC unit. Yes, I read the meter.

So the master suite stayed cool while the rest of the house was warm.

But temp/humidity control absolutely sux with the window units.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:08 PM
 
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I wish that I could get my in-laws to put in an AC unit but they won't stick any money into this house unless they have to. Today I turned off two of the units while we were at work and it was only 84 in the house when we got home at 3pm. I guess I'll just have to suck it up and be hot or pay huge electric bills.
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