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Old 12-23-2011, 01:35 PM
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Moving/Buying in the area soon and debating over 1 versus 2 story. Obviously a 2 story will cost much more for cooling.

We typically keep our thermostat at 82 in summer and we currently have a 1,300 2 story townhome.

Curious as to how low you keep the thermostat and sq. footage and average summer bill so we can budget accordingly when deciding on a home.

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Old 12-23-2011, 02:24 PM
Location: Austin
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It's not just about how someone keeps their thermostat. It's about the age of the house. The biggest energy change took place for 2005 with the new energy efficient 13 seer AC units. That's also when radiant barrier in the attic started becoming more popular.

My last house was built in 2000 compared to my new house built in 2009. In the old house, summer bills in Dallas were $400-450 a month. New house in Austin, with SIGNIFICANTLY hotter weather the past couple of years, and our bills were $170-220 a month. HUGE difference because of the age of the house.

By the way, we keep our house at 80 downstairs and 82 upstairs in the summer.
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Old 12-23-2011, 04:03 PM
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Good windows and a good rate from your provider! Shop around! Powertochoose.org
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:17 PM
Location: Prosper
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~3700 sq ft in McKinney, two stories, built in 2006. Didn't have a bill go over $200 this year. Good insulation, radiant barrier, energy star appliances, etc. My parents 3200 sq ft one story home built in the mid 80's usually has several months over $400.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:02 PM
Location: Texas
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Moved into "new" home over the summer, vastly more un-efficient than our other home that we're renting out. Rental over 5000sq ft. avg'd $335 over the summer ('10). New home (3000sq ft.) avg'd over $305/summer. Our primary at the time had almost all bells & whistles available (radiant barrier, foam insulation in walls etc., our current while not bad is no where near as good. In our new home we kept it at 80 down/82 up during the day and 76/75 at night.
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:44 PM
Location: East Dallas
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It should be a scandal how the electric companies have manipulated the electric rate. Power to choose what they are all pretty much the same.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:35 AM
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I don't think you can compare energy costs from the summers of 2010 and 2011. This past summer was horrible and I'm sure everyone consumed more electricity.
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