Originally posted by mpatrick
Just to calibrate what I mean by high electric bills.

$543 last month for a 2700 sq ft house in Houston. Rate is 11.1/kwh, usage is average of 145kwh per day. Other large loads have like the pool pump etc have been investigated and every thing points to this unit as the energy hog.
Whuh ! I live in Houston and my last summer bill was ~$200/month and my wife complains it's high (2300 ft2 1-story 5-ton AC, trying to keep @ 78F , <50%RH). I feel your pain.

On the elect. rate, on the Reliant bill, ~7c/KWh, but watch out the "energy cost" line, additional ~5c/KWh and this would change as fuel cost goes up.