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Old 06-17-2010, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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What size is your house if you don't mind me asking?

1800SF with a poorly insulated garage that is set at 40 degrees in the winter. My wife is also a stay at home mom and we stay up late. So between the long cold winter and short days it really adds up. Not to mention the house was built in 1971 and our natural gas prices here have gone up a lot over the past couple of years.

I fully expect our AC bill in Tampa to be very high this summer, since it will be our first there and we will need to acclimate. I can't imagine having my thermostat set at 80 degrees.... lol. 80 is hotter than it ever gets here in Anchorage and I sure as heck can't sleep at that temp.
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:33 PM
 
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I have 2500 sq ft living area with a pool pump running 8 hours a day and my last bill was $157.
My highest ever was $177 and it is usually about $115-$120 October to March, $155-$160 the rest of the months.
Based on your location, I would bet you have Withlacoochie utilities. It's among the cheapest and best service utility companies in the area. Lucky you! Might help explain why your bills are cheaper as well.
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Old 06-18-2010, 04:23 AM
 
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Wait for Obama to push "Cap & Trade" down our throats and your bill will almost double!

And for all the people denying that statement....move to Europe where they have soemthing like that in place for years and taxes went through the roof!
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:11 AM
 
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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!!!!!!!!
It's the norm buddy, and ya still got 4 more hell like months to suffer thru.
When ya have 100% sunshine, dew points in the mid 70's and highs and lows in the upper 70's to mid 90's and no rain for weeks at a time the AC is gonna run 24/7 to cool a house.

$193 is good for a 1900 sq ft home, try $800+ for my home in the summer.
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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It's the norm buddy, and ya still got 4 more hell like months to suffer thru.
When ya have 100% sunshine, dew points in the mid 70's and highs and lows in the upper 70's to mid 90's and no rain for weeks at a time the AC is gonna run 24/7 to cool a house.

$193 is good for a 1900 sq ft home, try $800+ for my home in the summer.
If your AC is running 24/7 you either have a problem with the unit, your house lacks proper insulation/seals around the windows and doors or you have it set too low.

If an AC is set too low and stays on all the time it is pulling more humidity into the home and there is a greater chance of getting mold.

AC should be set at 78 degrees or there about.
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Just got my latest bill: $80 this month for a newly built 1400 sq foot condo - yes, I'm boasting. I like this electric bill contest here on the CD forum. But I'm also waiting for the shoe to drop with TECO - something has got to be wrong and I'm sure they'll be asking for their money later.
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:37 AM
 
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To OP: Your bill is probably what it is. As other posters said you will get the benefit in Fall and winter. We didn't use heating and AC for few months in Fall and Winter. So far our bill is never above $200 for 2000ft home with 8hr pool pump. But we have also lots of trees and our swimming pool is never above 81F so far in this heat.

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Old 06-20-2010, 06:47 AM
 
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If your AC is running 24/7 you either have a problem with the unit, your house lacks proper insulation/seals around the windows and doors or you have it set too low.

If an AC is set too low and stays on all the time it is pulling more humidity into the home and there is a greater chance of getting mold.

AC should be set at 78 degrees or there about.
On super hot humid days with 100% sunshine it runs full tilt from 5pm till 11pm. And since a rainy and cloudy day is very rare where i live from May to Oct it runs alot. I need a whole new system as it is 15 years old.
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:15 AM
 
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People immigrate from Europe to here not becasue of taxes but they just can't find a job. I met many who has post-graduate degree and were waitress including from the country your are from. But the nice thing is they can servive with that payment and you complain we are going on the Eurpian way? Interesting!

So, who wants to move to Europe? Not me. And not because of taxes but there aren't enought job there. Period.

To OP: Your bill is probably what it is. As other posters said you will get the benefit in Fall and winter. We didn't use heating and AC for few months in Fall and Winter. So far our bill is never above $200 for 2000ft home with 8hr pool pump. But we have also lots of trees and our swimming pool is never above 81F so far in this heat.
I know there are not much jobs over there and the government doesn't allow you to work for more than 8 hours a day and I never heard of any one who had more than one job.

Taxes are ridiculous and the environmental jerks have made sure taxes went up so much and in the end much of the trash that is collected seperately is thrown on one pile because they have no way of doing it different....
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:41 AM
 
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My sister's house in shore acres runs about $400 in the summer months. Unfortunately the low cost of living in Florida is offset by high AC bills. And you'll run the AC most of the year too. Even on days that are 75 degrees you'll probably want to run it just to get the humidity out of the air.
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