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Old 07-12-2016, 07:33 PM
 
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There is a house down the street from this one that is for sale, almost identical. The average utility bill for it was $200 across the year. When I say identical, the only difference is the other one ($200 average one) is a bit bigger at 1950 sq ft, and has 4 bedrooms instead of 3.

I'm thinking the AC and pool pump HAVE to have something to do with it.
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:27 AM
 
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Actually a 1 story, 1850 sq ft. home. Ceilings were about 10 feet. Yes, the AC is original, built in 2000.

Seems like it would take a long time to recoup the costs of all of what you are suggesting, but it would be nice!
Easiest/cheapest would be:

Add insulation
Cover Windows as much as possible during hottest times of day
Check hours of pool pump and possibly adjust
Lower temp of hot water heater & add insulation to pipes and a timer so it doesn't run as much
When pool pump goes out, look into a solar powered one or variable speed
Adjust thermostat for AC
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:29 AM
 
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sell house and buy a small condo.



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Old 07-13-2016, 03:02 PM
 
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Easiest/cheapest would be:

Add insulation
Cover Windows as much as possible during hottest times of day
Check hours of pool pump and possibly adjust
Lower temp of hot water heater & add insulation to pipes and a timer so it doesn't run as much
When pool pump goes out, look into a solar powered one or variable speed
Adjust thermostat for AC
Unless the house was just poorly built, the energy consumption almost has to be due to the current owner's lack of economy. Again, I would try to find similar homes in the same neighborhood and see what their energy usage is like. I find it really difficult to believe it's due to construction practices, as much of these are dictated by code and should be similar for all. The main variables would be owner's practices and exposure to sun.

Buy the place if you really like it. As soon as you do have an energy audit, which TECO does for free. Your inspection will reveal any discrepancies if there are issues such as insulation thickness.

I detailed this in another thread, but I live in a home built in 1997 that didn't seem like it was terribly efficient. On the direction of a professional HVAC engineer, I went around and sealed every possible opening in the place, that is, removed every cover of every light fixture, receptacle, switch, cable box, etc. and using latex caulk sealed the joints between the box and the drywall as well as any openings or entry points in the back of the box.

I was methodical about it and did one room at a time. It took me maybe a week or two at most, doing it in my spare time, and I used two tubes of high quality latex caulk, costing less than $20 total.

My energy bills in the hottest months have dropped about 20%.

I had a blower door test performed afterwards, (also something TECO will do at no/reduced cost) and the inspector said I had one of the tightest houses he had ever tested.

I think you'll do fine, you will just have to go in and deal with some details and you'll be good to go.

RM
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Old 07-13-2016, 03:04 PM
 
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I feel you. I just paid my electric on a 1 bed room apartment for the month of june........ $173. I live a historic building tho with an older AC but still it's ridiculous
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Old 07-13-2016, 03:26 PM
 
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wow that's high. what temp do you keep setting at? what's the btu of the unit?

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I feel you. I just paid my electric on a 1 bed room apartment for the month of june........ $173. I live a historic building tho with an older AC but still it's ridiculous
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Old 07-17-2016, 03:11 PM
 
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We went to go look at a home today.

Called about the average utility bill before we put an offer in, and TECO said that it was close to $400 in the summer months of the past year, and close to $275 in the winter!!!!!!
Your post has no details to offer any suggestion. Just the $ amount doesn't help.

If you keep your home at 70 then you'll get a higher bill than if you keep your home at 80 so you need to know what was thermostat set at.

I keep mine between 79-81 - that maybe intolerable for others but its perfectly fine for us.
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Old 07-17-2016, 04:19 PM
 
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We went to go look at a home today. We've been looking a long time. Thought we might have found "The One" but now we're not so sure.

The home is 1850 square feet, built in 2000. It's a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house, with a den, dining room, family room. The house also has a pool, which is caged.

The AC is original, as is the roof.

Called about the average utility bill before we put an offer in, and TECO said that it was close to $400 in the summer months of the past year, and close to $275 in the winter!!!!!!

Please please please tell me that they're doing something ridiculously wrong with their appliances/usage/etc.!

I mean we've called on other homes that are bigger, older, and the averages were MUCH LESS!!
My villa was 1999 and has a new roof and heat pump anyway I am in Pasco and no pool electric is 80.00 gas 45.00 . I do think it is around 1545 feet no pool I would say get a new heat pump as I did and it did save me money. the roof I had a cheap builder one got a new one in 2014 why peace of mind. Many did some got it free hail damage in a storm
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Old 07-17-2016, 04:25 PM
 
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Our very small rental was still $150 a month in summer months -- and we did not have it set below 79.
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Old 07-18-2016, 05:23 AM
 
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Our very small rental was still $150 a month in summer months -- and we did not have it set below 79.
What year build? How old is the AC and who is the utility company and which County?

On top of that hoe many hours a day are you home?

All of that makes a difference how the bill end up to be and what type of windows...double pane or single pane.
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