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Old 07-25-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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I just moved to a 1,000 sq. ft 2 bedroom apartment and my electric bill is high ($205.) Last month it says I used 1879 kwh. I have central air and I think this is the culprit. It won't cool my apartment below 82 degrees so its constantly working except for the wee hours of the morning when it reaches the setpoint temp of 76.

Anyone wanna share their electric usage for a similar space?
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:15 AM
 
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I just moved to a 1,000 sq. ft 2 bedroom apartment and my electric bill is high ($205.) Last month it says I used 1879 kwh. I have central air and I think this is the culprit. It won't cool my apartment below 82 degrees so its constantly working except for the wee hours of the morning when it reaches the setpoint temp of 76.

Anyone wanna share their electric usage for a similar space?
I don't have a similar space to compare recently, but when I lived on the top floor of an apartment building, mine was high too. When I lived on the bottom floor, it was much better. Which floor are you on?

I try to keep the AC set as high as I can stand it during the day (usually 82) when we're home, higher when we're not and a little lower at night. Unfortunately with temperatures so high right now, there may not be much else you can do but wait it out until fall and ask your complex if you can move into a bottom unit when your lease is up and one becomes available (if that's the issue.) Some complexes are older and not very efficient and that's part of the issue too.
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Here's my usage. 1000sqft, 2 bedrooms, 2 floors, central A/C, temp set at 80 at all times. Yours does sound high but not out of this world.

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Old 07-25-2011, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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I'd check the 'drop' by determining the temperature at a register close to the A/C unit. If the air is not considerably cooler than the room air, the unit will run and run and never cool the apt. IF you've got cool air from the register, then you're losing your cool from fighting the heat gain(hot drafts, radiant heat from windows, lousy insulation, etc)...BUT, the A/C MUST be doing its job first, otherwise, there's no need to run the unit.

I'd get in the probably very long line of folks who need A/C service...August ain't gonna be a walk in the park!
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Wow that is huge for a 2 bedroom apartment. There is something wrong with that air conditioner.

I live in a 2300 sf house, gas heat and this is my electrical usage:

Year 2011, Month----Jul------Jun---May---Apr---Mar---Feb---Jan---Dec---Nov---Oct---Sep---Aug
Electric Total kWh----1724--1431--1009--804--808--1457--1413--1186--951--980--1625--1814

My electric usage was higher last Winter then it should be, because I heated our bird room with a portable electric heater.
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Broomfield, CO
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My KWH usage for the past month was just over 1700. I live in a 2600 sq ft home and keep the A/C at 80 during the day (when im away), and 75 during the evenings. My bill was just over 190 dollars.

Yeah, your bill seems pretty high, but bear in mind most apt complexes use the cheapest possible a/c units which are often very inefficient. The fact that your a/c can't cool below 82 during the day indicates that something is wrong--(even if you were on the top floor with direct sunlight all day)


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I just moved to a 1,000 sq. ft 2 bedroom apartment and my electric bill is high ($205.) Last month it says I used 1879 kwh. I have central air and I think this is the culprit. It won't cool my apartment below 82 degrees so its constantly working except for the wee hours of the morning when it reaches the setpoint temp of 76.

Anyone wanna share their electric usage for a similar space?
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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3 bed/ 1300 sq ft house. 1207 KWH.
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Seems high. Unfortunately, not so high that the apartment complex would probably do anything for you.

Our house is 3K sq ft, 2 a/c units (one new and one about 20 years old), and we used 2676 kWh in the last month. The A/C is set for 76 pretty much all the time, except for the upstairs which is programmed for 78 degrees during the day. It does have trouble getting even to 78 upstairs during the day, so it runs a lot more than we'd probably like, but my wife won't let me put it any higher.
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:55 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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There is federal and county money available to apartment complexes to do energy upgrades! It can make a tremendous difference.

We have a green built house, I don't have my bill in front of me to check kWh but the highest bill of the year (August) is around $110 (for the electricity only). We keep the house at 76-74 (some times lower)
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Old 07-25-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Playa Vista
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my last month's bill was $44. it's usually around $30. I live in harker heights though. roughly 1k sq. ft. apartment.
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