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.
Originally Posted by RomulanSpy
I see ppl paying a lot more than that in summer time.
what's wrong with it?
I agree. I wish my electric bills were under 200.00 on my 1600+ sq ft home. Not too bad.
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?
Originally Posted by RomulanSpy
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.
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.
Local utility only charges .08325/kwhr
and the bad thing is this isn't even the hottest part of the summer
Originally Posted by yunrowlett
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.
Houses is tight.
Originally Posted by bmathews
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.
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.
last summer was much hotter and TVA has increased rates, so its comparable.
Originally Posted by hangfirew8
Condenser unit was serviced and I clean it monthly w/coil cleaner and waterhose.
Tech cleaning the inside coils back in March.
Live near Tupelo MS
T-stat set back to about 80 during day. Run it down to 70 at night.
Originally Posted by Shark207
Rarely runs during the day, cycles on/off alot at night
Hello again RS,
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
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.