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Old 09-19-2011, 10:38 AM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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You can also check into an "equilizer" plan. They will average out the bills for a year and you pay the same amount each month - winter or summer. I've been on it for about 3 years now, and my bill has stayed the same. It helps me with budgeting doing it this way.
Absolutely agree with this. Saves the "sticker shock", and easier to budget.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:32 PM
 
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i live in a north south facing single level 1800 sf home., no pool, keep temp set at 77 degrees, on a basic srp plan, my last bill (for august) was $502...
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Old 09-24-2011, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Two years in Raleigh, NC
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i live in a north south facing single level 1800 sf home., no pool, keep temp set at 77 degrees, on a basic srp plan, my last bill (for august) was $502...
For one thing, turn that a/c up to 79 or even a bit higher when you are away from home. For a second thing, that's STILL way too high. You've got leaks, wasted usage, don't utilize ceiling fans, don't conserve, don't drop the shades, lack standard screen shades - whatever.

That's just an outrageous bill.
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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Default Wow that's too high...

I live in an apartment with an old AC that isn't the best - it's been serviced in major ways twice in the 10 mos. or so I've been here... I guess last week the unit wasn't even working - maintenance never told me - but fixed it outside the house LOL.... I knew it was hotter - but heck it's always hot in summer in AZ. Anyway in the extreme heat I kept it at 80 or 79 -- now that it's normal heat - less than 108... I've been keeping it at 75 to 78 and my bill with it always running (or so it seems) is only $108. It's about 1000 sq. apt. I was thinking it should be more than that - and as far as utilities it's only me - so might be better than if more people were here - but I am not working so I'm here all the time - who knows. So glad it was under 200 bucks to stay cool and comfortable in a summer where extreme heat warnings felt near constant to read in the news....

Anyway good luck with whatever you find out and whatever you decide to do about that big beautiful house!
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