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  1. #1
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    A 173.00 electric bill

    for a 1650 ft2 house. Household trying to save energy. This sucks.

    Help.....Insulation? Time for a change out? I freakin' frustrated w/this crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RomulanSpy View Post
    for a 1650 ft2 house. Household trying to save energy. This sucks.

    Help.....Insulation? Time for a change out? I freakin' frustrated w/this crap.

    I see ppl paying a lot more than that in summer time.
    what's wrong with it?

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    I agree. I wish my electric bills were under 200.00 on my 1600+ sq ft home. Not too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RomulanSpy View Post
    for a 1650 ft2 house. Household trying to save energy. This sucks.

    Help.....Insulation? Time for a change out? I freakin' frustrated w/this crap.
    How do your bills compare to last years, or the year before that for this month? What was the average temp this billing period and that (it's on the bill). Has your usage changed? Have the electric rates changed? Both?

    We can't tell you what to do, of course, because your post has almost no information. My house isn't much bigger than yours, unless you count the basement, and the bill is about the same, but of course, almost nothing else is relevant- location, weather, house, insulation, occupants, etc etc.

    Here's what I had done to halve my electric bill-

    Clean off a layer of lint from the indoor coil.
    Remove 2 extra pounds of R-22 from my HP.
    Remove several pounds of grass clippings from my outside coil.
    Spend big bucks on a gas furnace I probably didn't need, but sure do enjoy.

    -HF

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    I would kill for your electric bill. How cold do you keep it during the day and night? What is the temperature where you're at now? 100 or 80? How old is your A/C? How much insulation do you have in the attic? What is the quality of your windows and doors? Are they sealed? Do you have kids going in and out all day? Lots of factors to consider.

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    Local utility only charges .08325/kwhr

    Quote Originally Posted by yunrowlett View Post
    I see ppl paying a lot more than that in summer time.
    what's wrong with it?
    and the bad thing is this isn't even the hottest part of the summer

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    We would need a bit more information--

    How old is your unit
    How much insulation R-19. R-30, none
    How about windows
    Where do you live
    What do you set you T-stat to
    How old is your house
    Is your duct work sealed

    There are a ton of variables you have to look at when it comes to energy cost/savings.

    BTW- Here where I live that is not a bad bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmathews View Post
    I would kill for your electric bill. How cold do you keep it during the day and night? What is the temperature where you're at now? 100 or 80? How old is your A/C? How much insulation do you have in the attic? What is the quality of your windows and doors? Are they sealed? Do you have kids going in and out all day? Lots of factors to consider.
    Houses is tight.
    Attic insulation is even w/the top of the joists. R-19 I guess.
    Shade trees all over the s and w sides of the house
    All windows double pained and double tinted

    Straight A/C 15 y/o. SEER 10. Change filters every month
    Just go through sealing all doors leading to the outside. Very little air intrusion through the door gaps.

    Sun absolutely bakes the house from about 10-4 o clock tho.

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    Dude, that bites.

    Mine is no where close to that. I got 1650 sq ft. I set back to 76 on milder temp days during the day, usually keep it at 72 all other times. Including the heat wave we had 3 weeks ago.

    112 bucks.
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    How many times must one fix something before it is fixed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hangfirew8 View Post
    How do your bills compare to last years, or the year before that for this month? What was the average temp this billing period and that (it's on the bill). Has your usage changed? Have the electric rates changed? Both?

    We can't tell you what to do, of course, because your post has almost no information. My house isn't much bigger than yours, unless you count the basement, and the bill is about the same, but of course, almost nothing else is relevant- location, weather, house, insulation, occupants, etc etc.

    Here's what I had done to halve my electric bill-

    Clean off a layer of lint from the indoor coil.
    Remove 2 extra pounds of R-22 from my HP.
    Remove several pounds of grass clippings from my outside coil.
    Spend big bucks on a gas furnace I probably didn't need, but sure do enjoy.

    -HF
    last summer was much hotter and TVA has increased rates, so its comparable.
    Condenser unit was serviced and I clean it monthly w/coil cleaner and waterhose.

    Tech cleaning the inside coils back in March.

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    Live near Tupelo MS

    Quote Originally Posted by Shark207 View Post
    We would need a bit more information--

    How old is your unit
    How much insulation R-19. R-30, none
    How about windows
    Where do you live
    What do you set you T-stat to
    How old is your house
    Is your duct work sealed

    There are a ton of variables you have to look at when it comes to energy cost/savings.

    BTW- Here where I live that is not a bad bill.
    T-stat set back to about 80 during day. Run it down to 70 at night.

    Rarely runs during the day, cycles on/off alot at night

  12. #12
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    Hello again RS,
    Jax1 here.

    Been there, done that 2 yrs ago. I've some good experience in reducing electric bills for my friends and neighbors. Our rate jumps 5 cents per kwh a yr, currently at 20 cents. I'm living in a 35 yr old house that was built when electricity was cheaper than insulation. Give some details on your situation and certainly we can get your bill lower or double your money back

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    If you only have insulation to the top of the joists, that is only 4-6 inches. That is your problem. I'm not very familiar with insulation and the R values associated with it, but most homes have at least 18" or so of insulation.

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