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Old 07-31-2009, 02:58 PM
 
Location: downtown Sarasota
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I think you have to have an account with them for a few years before you can do that, we used to have that in Orlando through Progress Energy and when we moved here and asked about it they told us we would have to have the acct open and not past due for a few years before we can go back to doing that......but I would call them anyways.....
Not true at all. You can do average billing with TECO anytime you want. However, TECO is for GAS. TECO does estimate your gas usage and you need to make sure that, during the winter, they are not jacking your bills. It happened to me earlier this year, I called them on it; they came to read the meter, offered some excuse & rebilled me for $44 instead of $159. Call FPL for your electric.
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:25 PM
 
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Not true at all. You can do average billing with TECO anytime you want. However, TECO is for GAS. TECO does estimate your gas usage and you need to make sure that, during the winter, they are not jacking your bills. It happened to me earlier this year, I called them on it; they came to read the meter, offered some excuse & rebilled me for $44 instead of $159. Call FPL for your electric.
TECO told me the same thing- we had to have a minimum of 1 year! What do you mean TECO is for gas call FPL for electric- is there a choice in FL?

Thanks Alex! I asked the pool guy today and he said with our circulation we could easily run it only 6 hrs and be good to go

Good call on the crockpot- I'll start using it and the grill more and doing canning and bread baking early in the morning (oh, wow I sound all domestic but I'm so not LOL). I wondered about line drying here since it's wet- be I could hook up something to dry inside- awesome idea!

to answer we have block/stucco single story house- 2 double and one quad sliding glass door. They're all filmed but single pane- is that something I should look into replacing? I'm also thinking of getting a few solartubes installed to cut out on need for lights.
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:12 AM
 
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teco will do a free energy audit for you and help you find the source of your problem. your bill is out of line what what i would consider average, especially considering you have picked a moderate temp to set the a/c at.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:31 AM
 
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You don't have a choice for Electric.. if you live in Tampa you have TECO..

You might try putting up solar window covering on your patio doors if they get a lot fo direct sunlight. We did that in one house where the patio door was in sun nearly all day. It helped keep the room cooler.
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:44 PM
 
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ideas we use in my household (900 square feet, 60 dollars a month for bill)

-to keep clothes lasting longer, we tend not to use the dryer anyway, which saves us a bit, by hanging clothes INSIDE in a good spot, the wetness actually cools the house just that little bit
-ceiling fans are a must
-find your breeze way, by opening windows correctly, the breeze can come through nicely (if you can handle the actual weather, i can and i like it, try this at night)
-keep shades drawn throughout the day in the rooms that are being unused
-turn your air off if you will be gone for more than say 4 hours (the cost to recool the house is cheaper after this point than leaving it on at a higher temp)
-led lighting, though not to really be used for full light, can be good at night if you tend to come and go in a room but arent really doing much, they take hardly any power
-turn the computer off once in awhile!
-turn your hot water heater up just a nudge
-consider selectively a/c'ing rooms at times by closing vents and doors
-try cold water detergent (we havent yet so i cant say for sure if it works good, but i have a friend that say it does)
-plants! inside and outside planting can reduce heating costs
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