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Old 11-08-2009, 07:33 AM
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I'm wondering what the cooling bills run during the summer....Im thinking about moving to LV - i'm retired, fixed income but some savings and am worried about high cooling costs. will be home nearly all day so will have to run the ac 24/7 if the heat is bad....also, i would think buying a house with vaulted ceilings would be bad, difficult to cool. any info about cooling would be appreciated...what your average bills run, esp. from retirees here who are home and need to stay cool. Do any of you use window ac? like evaps? thanks!
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:41 AM
Location: North Las Vegas
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Central A/C, 2750 square feet, thermostats set at 80 degrees day and night (you get use to it pretty fast, my kids complained so I had them stand outside when it was 110 for five minutes, no more complaints) with ceiling fans in each room.

Normal June, July, August bill: $300-325

Hope that helps.
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:56 AM
Location: North Las Vegas
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Airconditioning bills are astronomical in Vegas, even in newer homes with energy star approval. Older homes are even worse, Las Vegas doesn't insulate as well as colder states the builders cut costs the best builder if you purchase a home that may have lower airconditioning bills is Pulte homes.

In fact they are building the first solar homes in Nevada The community is positioned as a [SIZE=2]leading energy-efficient community in Nevada,[/SIZE] offering LEED gold-certified homes using solar panels and tankless water heaters that differentiate our homes as some of the best in the market. They offer four modern floor plans ranging from [SIZE=2]1,487 to 1,960 square feet[/SIZE] and priced from $227,990 to $269,990. I don't know if these prices are to high for you but the cost saving for airconditioning is unbeleiveabel the community is in Summerlin close to shopping.

Other wise you might want to live in a condo where you only have units on each side of you. Folks never talked about the cost of airconditioning like they are now, due to the economic crisis they have to think about it more.
Before you buy if the home is through a home owner you can ask for monthly bill statement for those hot months,
If it's bank owned good luck you might get the info from the utility company. And if you purchase new find some folks who have already purchased in the community and have lived there a summer.

Good Luck
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:15 AM
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my first bill in Aug was 480.00. I had a new system installed, next bill 150.00 in sept. The new unit cost a small fortune. I have 1400 sq ft home.
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:36 AM
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Summer cooling is expensive for most, My bill average $150-$200 in the summer but very cheap in the cooler months. I think I average $60 for the rest of the year. I think they have a program that spreads your bill throughout the year so that the summer bill wont be so large?
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:37 AM
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Average bill for my 2br 1500sqft pad was $225/mo with thermostat set at 77 degrees. Haven't had it on for about six weeks. Bill now hovers just under $100.
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:17 AM
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2100 sq ft two story, thermostat 78 degrees $24o highest paid.
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:31 PM
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Probably not the most accurate since we purchased a new home and all window coverings were not in place for the first full month bill.

3300 sq ft one story, no pool, 77-78 degrees most of the time - $310 (mid Aug through mid Sep).
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:07 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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This was my first summer and for me there was a real learning curve. I had new central air installed on my roof. It was kind of cool, they came out with a crane! The new unit was supposedly much more efficient than the old one. Now I'm working on insulation and replacing the windows. My home is older and probably has zero energy efficiency. It's about 1500SF.

I started out using what I wanted and just staying comfortable. The bill was $440. That was sticker shock! I cut way back and got the bill down to $250.

Next summer should be better because I plan to do a lot of work over the winter.
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:38 PM
Location: Silicon Valley
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I think there are too many variables to make a prediction. You have to fix the values of some of the variables to begin to make an accurate prediction. I've posted before that my neighbor with a smaller house than mine has an electric bill over 2x mine because:

1) I keep my house at 78F
2) I have new high-efficiency heat pumps with matching air handlers (new matching air handlers are key in obtaining high efficiency)
3) I have a single variable-speed pool pump, he has two single-speed pumps

House is 2200 sq ft, two-story, vaulted ceilings, pool pump runs 24x7 in the summer. My highest electricity bill was $153. That's probably 1/2 or less of what most of my neighbors pay.
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