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Old 07-29-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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how are peoples utility bills this summer? i forgot to ask this year. lol. list size and amount o f floors.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Metro Phoenix, AZ USA
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There is SO much more to comparing utility bills than number of floors and size of house. Personal comfort is the first one-- thermostat settings vary widely. Age of the home, age of the AC unit, number of windows and type of windows, airtightness of home, amount of insulation, window coverings, shade from trees or neighboring homes, orientation of home. So, you can ask for numbers just based on square footage and number of floors (but two floors sometimes means two units) but they won't mean much.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:34 PM
 
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I'm thrilled to report my electric bill has been $88 and $85 for the past two months for a small 1059 sq. ft. one story home. Last year the same bills were $218 and 208. My new A/C unit was well worth the price! If your electric bills are scary in the summer, I recommend average monthly billing.

Water for a small front yard is @$100 this time of the year with lawn watering. I think I will put in desert landscaping next summer.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:12 PM
 
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4k sq ft house, 3k on ground floor and 1k up. Last 3 bills were $140, $123, $84.

I have 3 independent AC units and only cool areas we are occupying. This translates to hardly ever upstairs, almost always is the master bedroom, and 50/50 on the main floor. 80-82 during the day, 78 when sleeping.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Vegas, baby, Vegas!
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I'm thrilled to report my electric bill has been $88 and $85 for the past two months for a small 1059 sq. ft. one story home. Last year the same bills were $218 and 208. My new A/C unit was well worth the price! If your electric bills are scary in the summer, I recommend average monthly billing.

Water for a small front yard is @$100 this time of the year with lawn watering. I think I will put in desert landscaping next summer.
What brand A/C did you buy?
what's its specs?

Thanks

Jonathan
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:17 PM
 
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Around $60 in my apartment.
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Home!
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There is SO much more to comparing utility bills than number of floors and size of house. Personal comfort is the first one-- thermostat settings vary widely. Age of the home, age of the AC unit, number of windows and type of windows, airtightness of home, amount of insulation, window coverings, shade from trees or neighboring homes, orientation of home. So, you can ask for numbers just based on square footage and number of floors (but two floors sometimes means two units) but they won't mean much.
Whether you have a pool or not, people home all day or not...all true. But, the one good thing that tends to come from these questions is that you can learn tips and such on how to keep it down. Mine is outrageous for my small home. Haven't received this one yet...I will let you know...should get it this week.
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:12 PM
 
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I'm thrilled to report my electric bill has been $88 and $85 for the past two months for a small 1059 sq. ft. one story home. Last year the same bills were $218 and 208. My new A/C unit was well worth the price! If your electric bills are scary in the summer, I recommend average monthly billing.

Water for a small front yard is @$100 this time of the year with lawn watering. I think I will put in desert landscaping next summer.
Way too much. I know one small house who got to close to 100 per month but that was a tropical paradise of the ultimate sort. For anything rational high by a factor of two.

Something wrong in your system. Fix it and I bet your bills go down to $30 per month at the peak.
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:52 PM
 
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4k sq ft house, 3k on ground floor and 1k up. Last 3 bills were $140, $123, $84.

I have 3 independent AC units and only cool areas we are occupying. This translates to hardly ever upstairs, almost always is the master bedroom, and 50/50 on the main floor. 80-82 during the day, 78 when sleeping.
Wow.. my house is much smaller than that and my last bill was $195. Gas and electric
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Here and there, you decide.
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301.00 2700sf. 3floor, pool....constant 76 degrees...2004 home
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