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Old 06-12-2009, 12:00 PM
 
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Hi there.. very first post for me so please be patient.

I am in the midst of moving to Buckeye actually. My sister bought a house and we are going to live in it for a while. Im wondering how much we need to budget for the electric bill tho.
Its a 2000 sq ft home, pool with water feature.

We came from Vegas and our monthly bill in the summer for the ac and pool was about $500 a month. (thud).

I appreciate any feedback..
Thanks!
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:02 PM
 
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Hi there.. very first post for me so please be patient.

I am in the midst of moving to Buckeye actually. My sister bought a house and we are going to live in it for a while. Im wondering how much we need to budget for the electric bill tho.
Its a 2000 sq ft home, pool with water feature.

We came from Vegas and our monthly bill in the summer for the ac and pool was about $500 a month. (thud).

I appreciate any feedback..
Thanks!
makes a HUGE difference depending on how old your AC unit is, if the W sid of house is shaded, and 1 or 2 story.

Here's my example:

-1850 sf 2 story house, W side partly shaded 5-10 yr old AC, thermostat on 84 during day, 77 at night, 8K gal pool.
APS bill ranged from $150-$275 in summer.

-2200 sf 1 story house, W side totally shaded BRAND NEW AC, thermostat on 84 during day, 77 at night, ~25K gal pool.
SRP May09 bill was $155. Called SRP and they gave me a low/high range of the previous owners bill and it was $65-$475, (this was obivously w/ old AC unit) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Remember how hot last month was?? It was >100 deg. for 2 weeks straight!

Look at the differences, 2 story house, older AC unit, smaller pool still resulted in higher bill then larger 1 story house with new AC and bigger pool.

Conclusion: I'm REALLY glad we decided to put in new AC + new air handler; wont' take long to pay for itself.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:24 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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1700 sq ft single level block home with 20k pool. Brand new Ruud AC with a 16 rating. Run the pool pump 8-10 hours per day.

75 at night; 80 during the day. Ceiling fans on when we're home.

Last month's bill:

125 bucks.

5k for the AC, but 1500 dollars back next year from taxes.

Our rental property, 2 story condo with a 7 year old AC: 200 bucks per month in the summer. 1100 sq ft.
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:04 PM
 
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1700 sq ft single level block home with 20k pool. Brand new Ruud AC with a 16 rating. Run the pool pump 8-10 hours per day.

75 at night; 80 during the day. Ceiling fans on when we're home.

Last month's bill:

125 bucks.

5k for the AC, but 1500 dollars back next year from taxes.

Our rental property, 2 story condo with a 7 year old AC: 200 bucks per month in the summer. 1100 sq ft.
When the circa 1986 unit was replaced on my house in maybe 1996, they raved about how much money we would save. It really didn't happen. I'm such a miser when it comes to the AC anyway, that I don't know that I need to think about replacing the unit. I've got 2100 square feet, no pool, tile floors except in bedrooms, ceiling fans in bedrooms and family room, keep the thermostat around 78-80 when at home, turn it up two to four degrees when I'm not. I do managed payment plan, and pay 110 a month year round.
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: New York and Arizona
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Hi, We have a brand new house with a spa and water feature. Our bills for June, $202, July, $274, and August, $220, respectively.
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:36 PM
 
Location: New York and Arizona
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Hi, we have a brand new two story house with a pool and a spa with a water feature. We keep our a/c on 82 degrees, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as it is a second house and we aren't always there. Our bills are: July, $220.73, Aug., $274.77, Sept. $202.82, and then it drops to Oct. $166.54. Now we aren't there all the time as I said, so keep that in mind, but our a/c is on and not changed at all and the pool runs for several hours everyday. Our house is 2,500 square feet. Two a/c units, one for downstairs and one for upstairs, both on north side of house with overhangs that provide some shade.
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Also add in what kind of exposure you have, and single or 2 story will make a huge difference.
Our last house was built in 96 with east/west exposure and a play pool our bill ran about 550 per month with the AC set at about 75. That house also had vaulted ceilings which add tremendously to the bill.
This house was built in 72 with north/south exposure, a 20 something gal pool and no vaulted ceilings, we keep the ac set at 75 and our bill hasnt been above 300- actually running closer to 250 this summer.
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:01 AM
 
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Conclusion: I'm REALLY glad we decided to put in new AC + new air handler; wont' take long to pay for itself.[/quote]

Whats an "air handler"?
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:00 AM
 
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Also add in what kind of exposure you have, and single or 2 story will make a huge difference.
Our last house was built in 96 with east/west exposure and a play pool our bill ran about 550 per month with the AC set at about 75. That house also had vaulted ceilings which add tremendously to the bill.
This house was built in 72 with north/south exposure, a 20 something gal pool and no vaulted ceilings, we keep the ac set at 75 and our bill hasnt been above 300- actually running closer to 250 this summer.
I have vaulted ceilings throughout. The answer to that is CEILING FANS.

The air handler, as I understand it, is the "fan" up in the attic that actually moves the air out into the ductwork.
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Old 06-13-2009, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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$320 for July and August last year. Two story home with north/south exposure. Set at 80 during the day and 76 at night. 15,000 gallon play pool with pump running 8 hours/day.
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