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Old 07-09-2009, 12:37 PM   #561
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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.
That would be like asking me to turn off my hot tub in the winter.
There's nothing like catching snowflakes on your tongue in 30 degree weather, up to your neck in hot water.
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That would be like asking me to turn off my hot tub in the winter.
There's nothing like catching snowflakes on your tongue in 30 degree weather, up to your neck in hot water.
I hear ya sistah! Once, there was a thread about what you would not scrimp on. For me it was A/C, food and sheets. Nothin' like dining on steak, then later sliding into pristine sheets with the A/C on full blast... I like my bedroom cool and my sheets smooooooooth.

Ohhhh, a hot tub sounds wonderful too.....
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I've got six ceiling fans that help out a lot.
6 ceiling fans? I don't even have 6 rooms!
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I hear ya sistah! Once, there was a thread about what you would not scrimp on. For me it was A/C, food and sheets. Nothin' like dining on steak, then later sliding into pristine sheets with the A/C on full blast... I like my bedroom cool and my sheets smooooooooth.

Ohhhh, a hot tub sounds wonderful too.....
That hot tub was originally bought as a home hydrotherapy unit for my RSI (repetitive strain injury) in my upper body.
The pain relief I get from using it is priceless. Cheaper than hands-on massage therapy!
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6 ceiling fans? I don't even have 6 rooms!
Well, one of them is on the patio. However, I need to get another one for the master bathroom...but I don't have a ladder tall enough to install it. Living in TX, ceiling fans are a must...especially for me.
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Allow me to qualify that...hands-on massage therapy obtained outside the home.
I haven't calculated dh2b's expense ratio yet.
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Pretty typical summer weather here.
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Pretty typical summer weather here.
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We've already hit that 105 and I suspect we ain't done yet. We hit 106 yesterday. This has been absolutely horrible, even by TX standards.
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We've already hit that 105 and I suspect we ain't done yet. We hit 106 yesterday. This has been absolutely horrible, even by TX standards.
At least it's a dry heat... US Drought Monitor
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6 ceiling fans? I don't even have 6 rooms!
I thought that sounded like a lot until I realized that I have six ceiling fans in my house, too!

1. Kitchen
2. den
3. living/dining room
4. guest bedroom
5. other guest bedroom
6. covered patio.

They sure add up fast. I don't often use any but the one in the den. It came in REALLY handy during the hot weather a couple of weeks ago, when my A/C was going constantly and still wasn't keeping up.
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I thought that sounded like a lot until I realized that I have six ceiling fans in my house, too!
We have four. Of course, that's every room except the bathroom in this house: living room, kitchen and two bedrooms...

[edit: Make that 6. I forgot about two above the front porch. Though technically I was right, there ARE four of them *in* my house...]
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I even have a little fan on my nightstand next to my bed.
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I noticed a difference in my electric when I retired . Since I'm home most of the day I keep the house at an even temp plus I run the dishwasher more since We are eating most meals at home .
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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...
I have one more fan, one less skylight

The worst houses I have seen for A/C in TX are the two-stories with the big tall open area in the middle, with the second-floor having a balcony into the big area. The upper level is hot. If there is only one A/C unit, with the thermostat downstairs, the A/C runs forever. If there are two A/C units, one for downstairs with thermostat downstairs, then the downstairs will be OK. But the upstairs unit probably has the thermostat out in some common area, like the upstairs hallway. The hallway gets heat rising up from downstairs, and the cool air from the upstairs unit when it is running falls downstairs.
The more restrictive the opening is from downstairs to upstairs, the less air exchange between two A/C units, the more likely it will work out reasonably economically.

We have a sprawling single-story, with doors dividing the two separate areas into essentially day use vs. night use. Works well.

A taller stepladder is needed for some areas of our house. I finally got one a few years ago. It's long ago paid for itself by avoiding injuries from falling off a too-short ladder, or from antics like "shimming up" a 6 foot ladder by sitting it on a piece of plywood with stuff underneath it...

If your MB ceiling needs a new electrical box to take the weight of a fan, or running wire or anything else that needs extended attic work, I would put it on the list for this winter.

For non-Texans - Not angry, but here's the temperature in a Texas attic this time of year:
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Yeah, I know a few folks with the two story houses and the tall open area in the middle. Their bills are more than twice the amount of mine with not much more square footage. I live in a single-story house as well.

If push came to shove, I could close off some rooms.

Regarding attic work in the summer.........
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Regarding attic work in the summer.........
A friend of ours in Houston is a carpenter and handyman type, and he's done some work both on our previous home in Houston and in our current house before we moved into it. He also did our kitchen remodel here.

Some of the work in Houston was work in the attic, and it was late April a few years back. He said we were getting the work done "just in time" because he doubles his hourly rate for attic work from May through September.
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