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Old 12-30-2007, 01:57 PM
 
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i have read on the posts about utilities being over 400.00 a month during peak times. Is this because you keep the air conditioning on or do you turn off the air conditioning at night?
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Old 12-30-2007, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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A/C is on 24/7 in the summer months. It is actually more economical that way because if you turn the A/C off when your not home and then turn it back on when you come home...it takes more energy to get it back up to comfortable levels. I keep my thermostat at 78 and it works good for me. My average bill in the summer is 120-150 and I have a newer 1300 sq ft. home with a 4 ton A/C unit and solar screens.

It really depends on how frugal are you with all your electrical use, how efficient your equipment is and how big your home is.
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Old 12-30-2007, 05:49 PM
 
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My bill is around the same as Pools is. I use ceiling fans in all the rooms to help circulate the air and keep the a/c set at 82-83 in the summer, turning it up to 84 at night.
This time of year my electric is around $50 a month, and gas about $30.
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Yup, forgot to add the importance of ceiling fans and I use them a lot in the summer
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Old 12-31-2007, 06:13 PM
 
Location: las vegas
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You can very easily get $400/month power bills in the summer. I usually get two each year, and two more that are in the low to mid $300s. My home is 2900 sq ft, and I leave the t-stats around 78-81. It's not always as comfortable as I would like it, but my neighbors have over $500/month, and I have to draw a line somewhere. Your bill will depend on a lot of factors, and you can easily see very expensive summer heating bills.
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Old 12-31-2007, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I'm pretty frugal because I came from the very expensive place called the Bay Area. My electric bills there were very high even though we didn't even have Air. So I learned how to save and be smart. Now, your home is pretty large and I know mine is only 1300 sq ft so that makes the biggest difference. I also noticed that homes with multiple TV's, Refridgerators/freezers, computers..etc.. end up guzzing you power bill and you don't even realize it. Same thing in the winter for me, I dont turn the heat on at night and I just sleep under a down comforter that is very warm, then when i get ready for work I turn it on for an hour or so. I also wear warm clothing in my home all the time to cut down on the winter gas bill. I'm a computer geek and I have a few servers running multi-player games and maybe 2-3 more computers that are on constantly. By just turning off the PC's with 500watt PS, i can tell a difference in my power bill.

Funny thing is when all my computers are on in my computer room, you really don't even need the heat because the room gets hot just from the exhaust of the cooling fans.
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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So just really curious. I am moving to Colorado come May 08. Are the utilities really that reasonable. Are most of the homes there with fire places?
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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My house has one, but I don't use it. I think it's very reasonable because I guess i am comparing to a more expensive area. I know Nevada power has a program that you can pay the same rate all year round and it will average you usage so you don't get hit with a high summer bill.
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:53 PM
 
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Mine is $300-$350 a month during summer months but the rest of the year, usually it costs less than $75 a month. :-)
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Old 01-01-2008, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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My brother has a fireplace that he turns on with a switch! Could you imagine....a fake fireplace, with a switch???? We burn real wood in ours.
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