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Old 08-22-2007, 07:49 AM
 
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Last winter we moved from a 1250 sqft 3 bed 2 bath house (built 1978) to a 1900 sq ft 4 bed 2 bath house (built 1990). I was suprised to find that we're using significantly less electricity at the new house than the old, especially since its been alot hotter this summer. With two adults and a two year old, we've averaged about 510 kW a month for the last 2 months. This compares to about 830 kW a month at the old place. Sadly, the bill for the electricity is the same, turns out Duke Power is quite a bargain compared to the cooperative we are in now.

I'm curious how this compares to other peoples power usage?
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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My last electric bill for my 2000 s.f. house was $210!! We didn't even have A/C for like 4-5 days (we add to add freon) and we left it at 76 when we were home and at 80 when we were not. Have no clue why it was so high, but it's been hot as hell outside.
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Old 08-22-2007, 09:04 AM
 
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My last electric bill for my 2000 s.f. house was $210!! We didn't even have A/C for like 4-5 days (we add to add freon) and we left it at 76 when we were home and at 80 when we were not. Have no clue why it was so high, but it's been hot as hell outside.
Waterboy,
You may need to adjust your dampers (more aire downstairs in winter, more air upstairs in summer) on your HVAC system. Our first year's heating bills were outrageous until someone told me to do that and it seemed to have helped tremendously.

My last bill for 7/20-8/20 was $157. We're in a 2 story 1850 sq ft house. Our highest A/C bill was around $210 in August last year but I now adjust the dampers every season and so far it hasn't gotten that high.
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Old 08-22-2007, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest - New Light
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My first full month electric bill was $104.00. This is for a new construction(2007) 1510 sf 2 story. I keep the upper level at 75 and lower level at 77 for the central air. All energy star appliances, washer/dryer, refrigerator, range, dishwasher. The range, dryer, and 50 gallon hot water heater are electric, but I am single and use all energy star light bulbs as well. I also had family here for a week in July...so it may have been a little higher...This compared to my rental home in NY, approximately 500sf which was built in 1950, this bill was awesome...I would average 75.00 -95.00 for cooling in the summer...so I can't complain...August should be higher, but as long as I am comfortable, I have no problem cutting a check to Progress Energy

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Old 08-22-2007, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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Mine was about $138/month for the past two months. That's for an 1800sf 1.5 story house. I work from home and keep the thermostat on ~75 degrees, so I think that's pretty reasonable (especially considering how hot it's been). My water heater is gas though - that's about $16/month.
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Old 08-22-2007, 10:04 AM
 
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Our electric bill was surprisingly low. It was $109 for a 3100 sq ft house.
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Old 08-22-2007, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Youngsville, NC
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2200 sq. foot ranch with bonus room. Two kids, washer and dryer going every other day, electric water heater and stove, thermostat set for 72 degrees 24/7, and TV on almost all day for either kids shows or XM music from DirecTV.

June = $188
July = $208
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Old 08-22-2007, 10:38 AM
 
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For us, ours was $208 last month with Duke, and we keep it on 68 degrees, 2300sq ft home.
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Old 08-22-2007, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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You may need to adjust your dampers (more aire downstairs in winter, more air upstairs in summer) on your HVAC system. Our first year's heating bills were outrageous until someone told me to do that and it seemed to have helped tremendously.
Does anyone know where to get tips like this to reduce your electricity bill?
I have separate zones for upstairs and downstairs with programmable thermostats for each. But I don't know the best way to program each of them. Currently, during the day I have it set to 84 upstairs and 78 downstairs. But maybe I should have that reversed so that only the upstairs system is running during the day (so that hot air is pulled from the house and cold air flows downstairs)? Also, I was thinking that I could set each zone to 70 for an hour in the morning to chill off the house while it's cool outside so that the air conditioner works less later in the day when it's going to be less efficient.

There must be some general money-saving recommendations on how to program dual-zone homes, but I haven't been able to find any.
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Old 08-22-2007, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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btw...I don't think you can assume that just because your house here is bigger and the electric/gas bill is smaller, that the electric/gas rates here are better. This could simply be because your house here is more energy efficient (which has increased dramatically over the years with higher R-value insulation, heating/cooling systems with heat exchangers, etc...). It really makes a huge difference.
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