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Old 07-26-2007, 07:46 AM
 
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Our magic numbers this month are $3-0-8!

That's for 1950 sq, feet nicely shaded house with 2-yr-old a/c filters changed often. I also hang clothes on the line as often as possible (it takes 2 days to dry in the humidity), run mostly cold water at the sink, run the dishwasher only when full, keep the thermostat at 77/78 and use ceiling fans.

I'm home all day with small children but my neighbor who works outsid ethe home puts her a/c on 80+ for 10/hours/day and her bill is only $200. I 'm sure she's not saving as much as it may seem, however, with her gas costs commuting from Broward to Dade.

Our electric bill just one month ago with the same usage stats listed above was $216.

I know this is a midsummer phenomenon and our bill will start creeping back down in Oct but curious what *your* electric bill is.

Misery loves company don'cha know!
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Old 07-26-2007, 07:52 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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$183

3,000 square feet of living space.

No ceiling fans because we don't have them yet.

AC on 24/7 at 77 or 78, though sometimes I cheat and turn it down in the bedroom.

ETA: major oops, sorry about that, I thought I was in the Florida part of the state forum, not Miami.
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Old 07-26-2007, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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My bill when I lived in my condo last year wa around $120 in the summer. I was a little worried when I bought a house at the start of the year because I had heard how much some people's electric bills are. So far I have been amazed. My bill is lower than in the condo. So far my highest bill has been $94. It is a new house but all of the appliances are rated all the way toward the worst part of that little yellow sticker that rates energy efficiency so I had been worried. We only run the a/c in the evening and set it at 78 and then 80 when we go to sleep.
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Old 07-26-2007, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Askim, Norway
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Wow..

u pay alot in electrisety.

Sorry not from ur area. im from norway. tho i surfe and read here of intrest.

ok i gues ur summer bill shud compere to my winter bills. Sinc i dont need a ac in the summer. but realy need heat in the winter.

i live in a smal house of wood. 2 bedroom. 2 livingroom kitchen bath. Not sure abour squere feet. but its 115 squere Meters.

electisety is payed 3 months att time. and i have newer in the winter payed more than $ 350 for 3 months.(i calculate 6 nkr per $ 1)

Tho i do use $ 250 of firewood. on 6 months. (winter part)

It does seems like electrisety is cheap here. and its all from waterfalls to.

or perhaps ac use mor electrisety than heaters. i wouldent know. hot weather isent a prob here.. unf.
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Old 07-26-2007, 10:56 AM
 
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We typically paid just under $3000 per year for power in the Ft Lauderdale area, with midsummer bills sometimes rising as high as $400/mo. We managed to keep the costs fairly consistant over the years by increasing use of energy efficient appliances and reduction of use of power guzzlers like the pool pump. There really was no way to avoid the AC costs though.

Power bill this month? Out of state, living in a travel trailer temporarily... $46 - but that includes $10 for garbage pickup and a $10 minimum, and $3 for a street light, plus tax.
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Old 07-26-2007, 11:15 AM
 
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My bills in the Fort Lauderdale suburbs are about 200 a month for a smallish 2 bedroom.
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Old 07-26-2007, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Cooper City, FL
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July bill..... $ 262. June was $222, and May $166. The a/c is between 76 to 78, and when no one is at home, it goes up to 81. We have a pool and our home is 1400 sq feet. We also are part of the savings program that shaves $9off our bill monthly. Our three Mahogany Nut shade trees blew away with the last hurricane.
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Old 07-26-2007, 11:29 AM
 
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July bill..... $ 262. June was $222, and May $166. The a/c is between 76 to 78, and when no one is at home, it goes up to 81. We have a pool and our home is 1400 sq feet. We also are part of the savings program that shaves $9off our bill monthly. Our three Mahogany Nut shade trees blew away with the last hurricane.
Thats about our size and what we keep our AC at. Actually we keep it at 75/77 and 85 when were gone, but the insulation is so good it doesn't really go above 78 when we leave. We top out at 200, and can go to 150 or lower in the winter. We also have all energy efficient appliance/incandescent bulbs/flip our strip outlets off, but thats another story. We just got the appliances and bulbs though, so we will see how low it goes during the winter. We are already saving about 15/month from last year.
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Old 07-26-2007, 12:07 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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Damn, and here I was complaining about my $110 for my July bill. Larger 1BR condo (1000+ ft^2) held between 74-78F depending on comfort. We have the deal with FPL that they can turn off our A/C during peak times if necessary (though I've never seen it happen).
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Old 07-26-2007, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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For the first time, ours was $418. We have a window unit in our garage which we have to leave on at 77. No one is home during the day and we leave it at 76 which I am about to change to 78. Pool runs 12 hrs a day. House is apprx 2650 under roof.
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