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Old 07-06-2009, 09:30 AM   #541
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Ah, if only I *had* a laundry room to cool! The washer and dryer in my (probably smaller) 1558 square foot house are located in a closet just for them.
Luxury! Ours are located in our detached garage. Which makes doing laundry really suck this time of year. Having said that, because of the front passing north of us (and as usual, sending all the rain farther north) we're down in the low 70s now and we're trying to do as much laundry as we can while the march to the garage is cooler...
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Luxury! Ours are located in our detached garage. Which makes doing laundry really suck this time of year.
That is absolutely the PITS in central Texas in the summer.

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Having said that, because of the front passing north of us (and as usual, sending all the rain farther north) we're down in the low 70s now and we're trying to do as much laundry as we can while the march to the garage is cooler...
Down in the lower 70's? Gee. We're at 89 and rising already. No fair!
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Ok...I'll fess up...my bill was $271. It was about $20 more this year than this time last year. I can't sleep hot.
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That is absolutely the PITS in central Texas in the summer.
If we decide to stay in this house and retire here, we're probably going to add a master suite and a laundry/utility room, and attach the garage to the utility room. We have a fairly decent idea about how that would come together. But there's little financial reason to do so at the moment unless we're convinced we'll be "lifers" here or close to it (subject to the ability to escape for much of the summers).
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Ok...I'll fess up...my bill was $271. It was about $20 more this year than this time last year. I can't sleep hot.
Ouch. Ouch ouch ouch. Let me guess - - you live in the Taj Mahal (relatively speaking), and your DH (and kids?) are constantly opening the refrigerator or freezer, when they aren't leaving the back door open.

Looks like when I move to Missouri I'm going to get clobbered on my electric bill for not using enough electricity:
Analysis | With new charge, saving electricity could end up costing Missourians - Kansas City Star
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Ouch. Ouch ouch ouch. Let me guess - - you live in the Taj Mahal (relatively speaking), and your DH (and kids?) are constantly opening the refrigerator or freezer, when they aren't leaving the back door open..
Nah...none of the above. I cook with electric, we have outdoor lighting, a few small pumps in our pond, so that adds a little to the cost. I've just got to have it almost chilly in the house. I've always been hot natured.
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Ok...I'll fess up...my bill was $271. It was about $20 more this year than this time last year. I can't sleep hot.
I'll try to make ya feel better. My monthly gas and electric, spread out evenly with the budget plan, goes for around $300, every month to cover winter heating costs. I do not have AC in the house. I do have an outdoor hot tub.
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Made me look... Last year with electricity and gas combined, I averaged $225 a month. Yeah..I've got gas. .....
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Made me look... Last year with electricity and gas combined, I averaged $225 a month. Yeah..I've got gas. .....
We don't even have gas here. When we bought the place, the kitchen and water heater were all electric, so when we added central heat we opted for a heat pump. We did that mostly because it rarely gets cold enough here to force the very expensive "emergency" electric-resistance heat strips to kick in, and because it would cost us about $12 a month just to have a gas account even if we didn't use ANY. Given that we'd only need gas for heating and we only need heating 4-5 months a year, it made economic sense to use a heat pump rather than conventional A/C and a gas furnace.
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We don't even have gas here. When we bought the place, the kitchen and water heater were all electric, so when we added central heat we opted for a heat pump. We did that mostly because it rarely gets cold enough here to force the very expensive "emergency" electric-resistance heat strips to kick in, and because it would cost us about $12 a month just to have a gas account even if we didn't use ANY. Given that we'd only need gas for heating and we only need heating 4-5 months a year, it made economic sense to use a heat pump rather than conventional A/C and a gas furnace.
I'm glad it's working for you.

When we were in southeast MO many moons ago, we lived in a duplex with a heat pump. It did not work well in the summer. But, like I said that was a long time ago and perhaps the brand was crappy....
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It's amazing how many things humankind has learned to do with science, and we can't get a stupid big high pressure system to move to a place that doesn't want any more rain...
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Don't worry - - we have two or three more months for it to rise. Mine was only $74.40, but it was automatically deducted from my bank account on June 17th so I am expecting the next one to go up.
It did. The amount to be deducted on July 16th is $87.56 Oh well, could be worse and probably will be, next month.
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Got my first "summer" electric bill. It wasn't as bad as I thought....
Got my first summer electric bill. It was $46.06. Wish it were summer all year. Winter averages about $175/mo with moderate suffering while summer's under $50/mo with less suffering. This is for a 860sq ft condo.
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Ok...I'll fess up...my bill was $271. It was about $20 more this year than this time last year. I can't sleep hot.
Our last electric bill was $134. That was down about $24 from same period last summer. Elec. bill includes a separate security light account, and we also run some outside lights, and a 2 HP pool pump some hours each day. We have the house split into a main area, and a bedroom wing. Each area has it's own furnace/AC. The thermostat temps swap back and forth day/night.

Our water heating is gas, clothes dryer is gas. Last gas bill was $18, almost all of that was fixed costs, very little gas used this time of year.

I assume you have a ceiling fan in there to help out!

I'm curious how many KWH you used on that $271 bill. Ours was 970 total. I should be getting another electric bill in a week or so.
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Our last electric bill was $134. That was down about $24 from same period last summer. Elec. bill includes a separate security light account, and we also run some outside lights, and a 2 HP pool pump some hours each day. We have the house split into a main area, and a bedroom wing. Each area has it's own furnace/AC. The thermostat temps swap back and forth day/night.

Our water heating is gas, clothes dryer is gas. Last gas bill was $18, almost all of that was fixed costs, very little gas used this time of year.

I assume you have a ceiling fan in there to help out!

I'm curious how many KWH you used on that $271 bill. Ours was 970 total. I should be getting another electric bill in a week or so.
Just looked at my bill online. I used 2060 KWH. The funny thing is, my neighbor's bill is usually $150 more than mine; her house is about the same size as mine and she's at w*rk all day.

Yeah, I've got six ceiling fans that help out a lot. I've got five skylights that are nice, but they can make it a little toasty at times...
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I used 2060 KWH.
There's your problem. Maybe you can make a game of trying to reduce your kWh to 1500 for a while. Think of all the money you could save in a year if you got used to lower usage.
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There's your problem. Maybe you can make a game of trying to reduce your kWh to 1500 for a while. Think of all the money you could save in a year if you got used to lower usage.
It's also a function of home size, of course -- one reason I'm liking our small, spartan digs. We used about 1200 kWh last month despite almost every day being over 100 and the A/C (3-ton, 14 SEER) being on almost constantly. We had the ceiling fans whirring and the thermostat at 78-80 most of the time.

Looking forward to a week of getting away from this in about three weeks' time.
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Nah..ain't gonna sweat to save a few dollars. If I can't afford the utility bill and am uncomfortable in my own home, I'll go back to work.
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