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Old 08-31-2019, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Sunrise Manor East of Hollywood
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Do you have pets at home? Is your schedule not predictable enough to be scheduled on your thermostat? Do you have a really big old fridge that generates a ton of heat?

A/C off, or temperature way up is always more efficient. You just have to decide if there will be any problems associated with your house getting hot while you aren't there. Short cycling (less than 10 minute cycles) is certainly bad for your compressor/fan motor, but unless you have a earth sheltered home, you are still cycling frequently throughout the day.
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Old 08-31-2019, 10:26 AM
EA
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I have a wifi thermostat so I can control it on the fly with my phone.
If I'm going to be out for a while I'll turn it to 85.
When I'm on the way home I'll put it at 80.

If I'm not going to be gone all that long I leave it at 80.
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Old 09-02-2019, 07:56 AM
 
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I have a wifi thermostat so I can control it on the fly with my phone.
If I'm going to be out for a while I'll turn it to 85.
When I'm on the way home I'll put it at 80.

If I'm not going to be gone all that long I leave it at 80.
Which brand wifi thermostat do you have? Did you have any issues getting it set up? Do you recommend the brand you have?
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Old 09-02-2019, 09:21 AM
 
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Which brand wifi thermostat do you have? Did you have any issues getting it set up? Do you recommend the brand you have?
Not the original poster, but I have the Honeywell Lyric and it works pretty well.
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Old 09-02-2019, 12:00 PM
 
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Off?! In the summer? You must be crazy haha.
Our AC is off from 1:00pm to 7:00 pm every weekday. It might get up to 84 or so by 7:00. With a ceiling fan it's not uncomfortable.

On the flip side we charge our car overnight at 6 cents a kWh instead of 11 plus cents a kWh. We don't turn the air on during the afternoon because the program that gives us that 6 cent rate sets the rate then at 45 cents a kWh. Our weekend rate is 6 cents a kWh 24/7.

NV Energy's goal is to reduce usage during the afternoon and we get the benefit of their program. Not only do we not buy gasoline, we pay less for the energy to give us the ability to do so.

Laughing all the way to the bank.
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Old 09-02-2019, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Southern Highlands
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Our AC is off from 1:00pm to 7:00 pm every weekday. It might get up to 84 or so by 7:00. With a ceiling fan it's not uncomfortable.

On the flip side we charge our car overnight at 6 cents a kWh instead of 11 plus cents a kWh. We don't turn the air on during the afternoon because the program that gives us that 6 cent rate sets the rate then at 45 cents a kWh. Our weekend rate is 6 cents a kWh 24/7.

NV Energy's goal is to reduce usage during the afternoon and we get the benefit of their program. Not only do we not buy gasoline, we pay less for the energy to give us the ability to do so.

Laughing all the way to the bank.

Sounds like TOU A. I'm on TOU B.
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Old 09-02-2019, 09:13 PM
 
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Yes. I have been surprised at how well we are handling the temps.
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Old 09-03-2019, 06:50 AM
 
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Last NV Energy bill with solar, $10.51. This is with a 3,700 house and 3 pool pumps.
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Old 09-03-2019, 12:24 PM
 
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How much did the solar cost?
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Old Yesterday, 10:08 PM
 
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I have a large house, 3,800, had best LG panels with extra production for a larger garage in future. I paid 37K, less NV energy rebate of 6%.

The BIG deal is get it this year, last year of a 30% solar tax REBATE. I got over 10K in federal income tac credit, so money back. I figured net-net, about 17.5K. So maybe 6-8 year payback. Never an issue, always less than $12. Best no brainer money I ever spent.
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