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Old 02-24-2010, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Green Valley
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Default Utilities

Being someone who like air conditioning and who will be living with his wife and seven year old son starting out in a two or three bedroom approx. 1000 sq. ft condo or apartment, what should I expect to pay for utilities on average for the year?
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:22 PM
 
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I keep my home at 72 degrees during the summer. 1600 sq foot with 10ft ceilings and lots of in and out. My power bill ranges 325-370 from June-September. Currently it is around 110-150 depending on how hot I keep my spa. The AC unit is 8 years old and has a SEER 11 rating.

I would anticipate paying somewhere in the mid to high 200's, but that is highly speculative. Budget for a little more, be energy conscious and if you have a few bucks to spare after paying, then great.
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:11 PM
 
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I leave mine at 80, coming from CR you can get accustomed to a higher setting. Keeping it at 72 versus 80 can double your power consumption. But its silly to say you like AC, here you just plain need it.
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Old 02-25-2010, 12:48 AM
 
Location: In my house
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For the OP, get ceiling fans and turn your ac up higher in the summer to around 80+. I am a miser and just hate high electric bills. Mine is set at 84 all summer long, plus lots of fans in use. In the bedroom, also use a ceiling fan and an oscillating floor fan to make it able to sleep at night.
It's only hot upstairs, downstairs is always cool. North facing front.
Your mileage may vary depending where you live, and what way your home faces.
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:03 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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As mentioned in previous posts, there are a lot of variables that are going to affect your electricity bill. From most to least effect, I'd put them in this order:

1) Temperature setting of your thermostat
2) Top floor or not
3) Efficiency of A/C
4) Which direction the condo faces, and how many west/south facing windows you have
5) For west and south facing windows, whether they have solar screens or shade from trees or an awning/canopy

My guess would be no lower than $100 and no higher than $160 for your 1000 square feet, assuming a 78F thermostat setting. Set your thermostat to 70F and you could be adding up to 50% to your cooling costs.

Winter bills will depend on whether you have gas, heat pump, or electrical resistance heating.
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:44 AM
 
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is heat even necessary during winter? i heard alot of people feel the dont need it.
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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depends on the individual....my wife and I RARELY use it unless the temp is below 40deg outside. We prefer a cold sleeping room....
Step son and gkids have the front part of the house and aren't happy unless the temp inside is over 150....
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I have my heat set right now at 68 all day basically, 1149 sq ft town home, vaulted ceilings, older ac unit, not replaced since 2002 when the place was built, and my gas/electric bills have been about $100/month. Last year, I was living in a 700sq ft apt, kept the a/c at 85 during the day, and 80 at night, all electric apt was about $70-89/month (89.00 being the highest in August)...
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Old 02-25-2010, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Green Valley
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Thank you this has answered my question. I understand the variables. I understand that AC is a necessity and I am closer to the 72 range so I am prepared to deall with that. Thanks
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Old 02-25-2010, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Being someone who like air conditioning and who will be living with his wife and seven year old son starting out in a two or three bedroom approx. 1000 sq. ft condo or apartment, what should I expect to pay for utilities on average for the year?

TOO MUCH. power company a bunch of crooks , imo
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