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Old 06-21-2010, 11:29 AM
 
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What is wrong with you people being able to live inside with temps in the mid 70's to low 80's? When I lived in Texas we had our thermostat set at 68 - 70. My bill is going to be enormous. There is no way I can sleep in an 80 degree house.... at least not yet. Apparently I have some acclimation to go through. You people are nuts living in that warm of a house .
There is nothing wrong with us - it's called being practical and saving money! When we are in the dead of summer here with high temps in the 90's and high humidity, it is not practical to keep the thermostat much lower than this unless you want your whole paycheck going to the power co.!!!

You'll see.... lol
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Old 06-21-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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AlaskaKash, you'd better invest in some ceiling fans or you're right, your bill will be enormous LOL. I have been known to bump the temp up to 79 in the late evening because I'll get chilly with it on 78 if the A/C runs too much. Sad huh? I can be cold when it's almost 80 degrees lol.
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Old 06-21-2010, 11:48 AM
 
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Thought I'd chime in. We just got our electic bill for the month- $419.00! I wanted to live in ybor so bad, houses are old and not insulated.Now Im paying the price. I have to work an extra day just to pay my electric! LOL
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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, it is not practical to keep the thermostat much lower than this unless you want your whole paycheck going to the power co.!!!

You'll see.... lol
Haha, I am sure we'll acclimate..... for next year. Getting there in July and having to survive through the end of September and possibly October with the summer heat which we are not used to I know is going to cause us to have very high AC bills. When we moved up to Alaska from Texas in November our heating bill was out of this world. I still give DW a hard time about how she controls the thermostat. In Texas she required it to be 68 in the summer, in Alaska it had to be set at 77 in the winter...


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AlaskaKash, you'd better invest in some ceiling fans or you're right, your bill will be enormous LOL. I have been known to bump the temp up to 79 in the late evening because I'll get chilly with it on 78 if the A/C runs too much. Sad huh? I can be cold when it's almost 80 degrees lol.
I am bringing the High Velocity Blower Fan we bought at Costco a couple years back. Yeah that's right THE Fan we own (only 1). Ceiling fans are going to be a requirement in any home we rent and I am sure we will be investing in more fans.


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Thought I'd chime in. We just got our electic bill for the month- $419.00! I wanted to live in ybor so bad, houses are old and not insulated.Now Im paying the price. I have to work an extra day just to pay my electric! LOL
I hear ya. Because of this we are going to heavily favor new homes over older ones which are probably going to put us more out of the city and in to the further out burbs. AH well, it is what it is. You may want to look into getting weather stripping for your windows. Its cheap, easy and your Landlord wouldn't care.
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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What is wrong with you people being able to live inside with temps in the mid 70's to low 80's? When I lived in Texas we had our thermostat set at 68 - 70. My bill is going to be enormous. There is no way I can sleep in an 80 degree house.... at least not yet. Apparently I have some acclimation to go through. You people are nuts living in that warm of a house .
Can't remember exactly where you are looking to move in the area but if you can find a condo on a middle floor to rent on the bay that would probably be your best bet.

We used to have a 5th fl condo in a 7 story bldg and with 2 units above, units on each side and with the breeze off the water our bills were very small since we were insulated by the other units. If you want to stay 68-70 and not pay a fortune each month that is what I would look for.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:27 PM
 
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[quote=gypsychic;14708879]There is nothing wrong with us - it's called being practical and saving money! When we are in the dead of summer here with high temps in the 90's and high humidity, it is not practical to keep the thermostat much lower than this unless you want your whole paycheck going to the power co.!!!

That would have to be one small paycheck!
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Maybe its just me, or maybe its because we have 2 airconditioning units, one on each floor.

But up north I kept the AC on 68-70 and here we keep it on 76-78 and it feels the same, in fact I am pretty chilly right now. Not sure why that is, but keeping the AC on 76-78 is just different here. Oh and btw, our bill is still in the $400s so I wouldnt complain too much about that 193!!
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Old 06-23-2010, 04:15 PM
 
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I think a lot has to do with getting use to the heat in summer. Most folks acclimate after the 1st year.
Remember to ask TECO about avg billing if you are concerned about your bill. Keep your AC as close to 80 during the day.

Fans are the key to keeping cool. I survived for over a week in the middle of July with only a fan after hurricane Charlie. I had a nice neighbor who had electric and she let me use her electric for my fridge and fan.
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Old 06-24-2010, 01:35 PM
 
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I'm from Europe and used to more cold than warm weather but being here for a long time now, I'm so used to the heat that our A/C is on 80 in the home and 75F in the office (otherwise some employees will complain)...but we sleep in the same temp. and I have no issues with that..

When it is 77 in the house we are getting cold and it happens to be that my wallet likes it better too.

Our neighbors recently build a pool in their yard...very nice big pool. They run the pool pump night and day for the first 2 months and than the ;pump was shut off...now they are more at the community pool than in their own back yard...makes me wonder if it was the electric bill that likes the community pool better...
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Old 06-25-2010, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL, USA
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I Just moved to 750 sq. ft. apartment. I plan to use A/C at about 75. Please could you telle me about what I should expect to see in the monthly bill?
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