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Old 04-22-2009, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Naperville, IL by necessity; Pinellas by choice
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Comparing apples to oranges, NICOR gas offers a budget plan in Northern Illinois. Except we unfortunate ones are paying out the wazoo to HEAT our homes, not cool them. I use a setback thermostat, keep the place between 68 and 70 and pay about $55 per month.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:24 PM
 
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Well electric bills in Florida are going to rise big time very shortly.

And lets face it, you have to run the central air here most of the year.
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Old 04-23-2009, 04:13 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Well electric bills in Florida are going to rise big time very shortly.

And lets face it, you have to run the central air here most of the year.
What are you basing this big rise on?

I have not had my air on since October. I usually have it on from mid May till September-October.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:05 AM
 
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Well electric bills in Florida are going to rise big time very shortly.

And lets face it, you have to run the central air here most of the year.
Haven't had mine on since October, weather has been perfect. And most of the electric companies have just reduced their rates in the past couple months.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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Just curious, which kind of houses you guys are living that didn't use any air cond. since Oct? I am sure we use it now and then the past couple of months in our rental property. Perhaps I need this info while buying a house.
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Just curious, which kind of houses you guys are living that didn't use any air cond. since Oct? I am sure we use it now and then the past couple of months in our rental property. Perhaps I need this info while buying a house.
Concrete block with stucco, maybe a little more than average insulation for a 2005 home and keep french doors by pool open for breeze.
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:53 PM
 
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Concrete block with stucco, maybe a little more than average insulation for a 2005 home and keep french doors by pool open for breeze.
Thanks Mike I will keep that in mind when house shopping.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Savannah, GA
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I've been reading this with interest as we are considering relocating to FL from Upstate NY. I can't believe how little-at least to what my electric bills-that is charged down in FL. I just paid a electric and gas bill for almost 1100! And up to about 3 years ago-it never went higher than 600 in the winter with the gas costs. My electric alone for Jan 5-March 5 was 468! We are living in a 2000sq ft cape that we built in 92. And no central air-good old windows and a couple of window a/c units in the summer.

So from my vantage point, the cost of heating say a house of similar size down in FL should run us considerably less. It boggles my mind how better off we could be living in another state. What would be the possible amount then for a house of 2000sq ft for the electric run?
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Old 04-23-2009, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Some of the big things will be the age of the home and the insulation.

Older homes and some new homes will have door and windows that do not seal properly.

You need to check how much insulation is in the ceiling also.

It is hard to say how much a 2000 sq ft home will run, I have a 2500 living area with a pool but I like the breeze I get rather than the a/c all the time. In the summer when we use the a/c the most we run up to $190 or so.
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
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...I have a 2500 living area with a pool but I like the breeze I get rather than the a/c all the time. In the summer when we use the a/c the most we run up to $190 or so.
To give you on idea on higher A/C usage, we have 2250 sq. ft with a pool. We run the air a good chunk of the year except for the cold days. We have mahogany wood floors and some antiques so we like to keep the environment at a constant humidity level. Plus, I'm from the upper Midwest and don't like heat/humidity. Highest electric is in the mid $300 range. I don't know what the difference is in the various electric rates in the Tampa Bay area. We're in Trinity (southern Pasco county).

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