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Old 06-16-2010, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Imaginary Figment
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2000 sq ft built in 1981 with original windows and insulation in attic is surely under code. Winter would dip under 90 bucks sometimes, and summer as high as 300. Just got a new 3 ton 15 seer unit with all new duct work and the bill was 139. This was with one week of the old ac as well on the bill. House set at 76 at home and 82 away. Once I spray some insulation up there I'd bet it goes down even more.

From what you are telling me, your bill sounds about right.
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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In Sarasota from May to September our electric was usually between $200 and $250. That's about the norm when your AC is working overtime to keep your house cool because its 95 degrees outside.
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:07 AM
 
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One hundred ninety three dollars!!!!!!


Sounds about normal.
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:28 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Yep when I lived in florida that electric bill used to kill me for a 1200 sq ft house . Half my paycheck would go to my electric bill every summer I lived in florida . Yep you learn to live with higher temps as one poster said . I hope you find things to lower it but dont count on it . good luck to you .
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:47 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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Just opened the new TECO bill for our 1983 ranch with ~2000 square feet. We're on average billing and it's $123 this month, but our usage charges are $170. Culbreathgirl, I suspect you've figured out that summer cooling bills in Florida are comparable to your winter heating bills in Pennsylvania. Sorry!
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:20 AM
 
Location: I will be escaping Suck City and landing in Tampa in December
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I guess you're brand new to Florida (as will I in about 3 weeks) but it will make you feel better once you are able to do a yearly average of your electric bill. When Fall and Winter kicks in, the bills go down. You probably only have 2 more months where it will be a bit brutal (July and August).

I live in a place now with electric and gas about half of Florida, but our gas stations are .50 more per gallon right now than Florida. I don't get that..
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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That's how I am looking at it, my utility bills will be high in summer and lower in winter, the complete opposite of where I am now. My winter Gas and Electric bill here in Dec, Jan, Feb averages to about $400 - $450/mo. Sounds like one may want to take into consideration that renting a newer home may provide a lower electric bill, which could offset higher rent.

Also, don't be afraid to use weather stripping and make sure you have a good seal on your doors.
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Imaginary Figment
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My winter Gas and Electric bill here in Dec, Jan, Feb averages to about $400 - $450/mo.
What size is your house if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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That's how much my electric bill was between May and June. Please tell me this is NOT the norm! How do people afford this, when wages and jobs are so few here????

I just moved here from PA and my electric bills over there were no more than 100 bucks for a 1600 sq foot home in the summer! And I used to keep the A/C at 68-70 in the summer in PA!

Here in Tampa I keep the AC at 80 very hot degrees b/c my cousin warned me about the bills here. What can I do to keep my bills down? I believe this is HIGHWAY ROBBERY!

I have a 1900 SF 1960s ranch, 5-year-old heat pump, new all HE/energy star appliances, I keep the A/C at 80, keep all my drapes closed, turn lights off etc. I practically live in the DARK!

I would expect a 200-dollar bill if I was cooling 3000-4000 SF feet and had a 2-story, but I live in a SHACK!!!!!!!!
Hey, the power companies deserve a fair profit, too. Just kidding. You either pay it or sit in your own sweat for seven months. I prefer to pay it.
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: I will be escaping Suck City and landing in Tampa in December
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Florida should lead the nation in solar energy.
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