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Old 06-16-2008, 07:28 PM
 
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Where I live in California it can get pretty hot for a couple months out of the summer but pretty much the air conditioner is always turned off at night and you open the windows the cool off the place, it seems like in Phoenix you would be using the AC for a lot of the year.. I'm wondering how much of a cost does this add to having an apartment? I see its 110 right now in Phoenix, do people leave the AC on all day (like set at 80 degrees) and turn it down lower when they get home? Sorry if this seems like a dumb question but I'm just having some trouble imaging coming home to a 110 degree apartment.
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Old 06-16-2008, 07:33 PM
 
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Actually rick that is a good question, curious myself. Do they use gas or electric? I am assuming electric...if so, what is the cost of monthly electric bill / square feet?
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Old 06-16-2008, 07:58 PM
 
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That's exactly what I do... I turn it to 80 while I'm away and turn it down to 76 while I'm home the rest of the time. For a one bedroom apt it should be more than $150 per month during the summer. The highest I've paid for a 3 bedroom home is $225.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:20 PM
 
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I lived in an apartment a few years ago. It was an upstairs 3 bedroom apartment. I kept it at 80 during the day and 75 at night. My bill was about $160. I'm sure it's more now. It also depends if you have SRP or APS. SRP is cheaper. Right now, I pay about $250 dollars for 5 bedroom home, but I have several energy efficient appliances and my home is pretty "green" friendly
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:45 PM
 
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Thanks for the input.. so how many months out of the year do you have to leave the air conditioner on for 24 hours a day?
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Mine went on for the season last week. Isn't cooling down much at night now. So it will be on 24/7 probably until late Sept or early Oct. It was later this year putting it on. Usually is hot by the first of June. We got a break this year.
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Ahwatukee
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we keep ours set at about 84-85 all day and turn it off at night. if you have shades or drapes, that usually helps too. only one of our bedrooms in a 2 bedroom apt gets any real sun. our bill is about 95-100 right now. when i lived in mesa in a lofted style apt, there was something wrong with the ac unit which management refused to acknowledge and our bill was around 300 when the ac was only on a couple of hours a day
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Old 06-17-2008, 01:47 AM
 
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I think we turned our AC on back in April, but we were able to turn it off a few days at a time, until it got consistently hotter. We have found the night-time to be quite hot in the house some days. It won't be until mid-late Oct when might be able to turn the ac off.
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Old 06-17-2008, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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My girlfriend likes to keep the AC at 74 all day even nights, I wish I could install some sort of timer that will set it to 80 when she goes to bed. Anyways the most I've paid for electricity during the summer in our apt. is about $130. It is through SRP, 2 bedrooms and just under 1000 sq. ft.

Oh and we have a stackable washer and dryer in the apt.
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Old 06-17-2008, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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At 74 degrees we could make ice. We usually set ours at 83 during the day and the dogs are happy. If it gets any hotter, they are not happy.
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