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Old 08-22-2014, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by bentlebee View Post
For approx. 4000 sqft home. 2 stories with 2 energy saving A/C units according to the new requirements.

I remember some Tampa home owners getting these very high water bills and I was wondering if that is still going on.
Yes, heat rises, even with two units it SUCKS....My upstairs is not a degree below 80+ all day, and only by 6am it cools to whatever the temp is set (76,77). Two story homes suck in FL...

As far as the water bill know that in Tampa it is rare to find reclaimed water for your lawn, so the reason the water bill is high for most people is because they use the same water that's in the house to water the lawn. In Miami we always had reclaimed water for the lawn...we never had that here. That lawn watering if not done properly and on timer will kill your water bill for that size of a house.
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Old 08-22-2014, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by bentlebee View Post
Does anyone have experience with an average family of 4 people and setting the A/C approx. at 77F - 79F
for TECO for monthly bill and also for watering a bigger yard twice a week incl. average water usage?

The reason for the question is that we can't get this info since the house is a new build home with energy saving windows, appliances but nobody lived in that house so nothing is known.

Thanks for your help.
We kept our house at 77-78 year round, family of 3, 2k sq foot house. New-er ac, new windows. Our electric was about 80-90 in winter and about 130-150 in summer.

Water (not sewer - we had septic) was about 25-35 including 1x water a week.
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by PhotoProIP View Post
Our water is $66! 5 people plus loads of laundry! Plus lawn, plus hose play! Showers, bath's why $120???
$120 water and sewer.
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by North_Pinellas_Guy View Post
2 stories will be a killer. Heat rises.
I understand but my bill for last month was $ 185 and I have a 2 story home 3500 sqft. We just turn the A/C up to 85F when we are not upstairs all day and in the evening we turn it down and we have done that for years and it keeps the bill lower.

We have 2 units otherwise that wouldn't be possible of course.

The property we are in need to get some info on is in an area where no other homes are on the market right now that are comparable and some articles and threads on this forum even have been about high utility bills.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:40 PM
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Tough question as it depends on so many things but I would say because of the size budget $300/month on average.
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