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Old 02-02-2007, 02:01 PM   #16
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My freaking bill was 170 bucks for a 1600 square foot house. We're just keeping our air at 70 all the time. No higher, no lower. I don't know WHY our shit is so expensive.
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:24 PM   #17
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TMC, is your house insulated at all?
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:30 PM   #18
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Yup, actually very good insulation. I DO think there is a draft coming in from somewhere that's causing a problem. We also are on the top of a hill and get a LOT of wind where most of the area doesn't.
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:35 PM   #19
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My freaking bill was 170 bucks for a 1600 square foot house. We're just keeping our air at 70 all the time. No higher, no lower. I don't know WHY our shit is so expensive.
When you say "air" do you mean heat derived from a heat pump or a furnace?
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Heat pump.
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:40 PM   #21
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That may be one reason why your electric bill is so high unless the one you have is designed for temperatures lower than like 35 degrees. We cut over to our gas heat when the temperature drops below 45 degrees. Do you not have a secondary heat backup (gas furnace?).
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:42 PM   #22
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We do have a backup source. According to this guy who came over to fix our furnace downstairs, he said once it gets really cold, to flip it over to emergency heat since all we're doing otherwise is just blowing cold air.
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:56 PM   #23
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That's good to hear that we're not crazy. During summer, we didn't run AC much and used fans and it was down to around fifty bucks.
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:03 PM   #24
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I don't know, TMC, I just checked our electric bill (1800 out of 2100 sq ft is heated) for the month of January and it was $56.00, whereas our gas bill was $96.00. We keep the heat somewhere between 72 and 74. We have AEP and Roanoke Gas service. The heat pump has been off since early November.
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I know we don't have gas whatsoever, so everything is working on electricity.
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:12 PM   #26
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My parents had one of those when I lived at home. During summer though, as I mentioned earlier, we get a LOT of wind, so the good news is we have a great breeze coming through during summer. It's this winter cold that sucks!
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How do you have such a low electric bill?
I am not sure to be honest with you. My oven/stove, fridge, and washing machine are really the only appliances that run off of electric other than the usual like the tv, computer, and whatever else. Everyother month the bill is estimated. Also my oldest child is only 5 so I am sure that as my kids get older my bill will go up with them not turning things off and whatnot.

My house is forced air furnace heated, dryer, and hot water tank all run off Natural gas and I am on there budget plan where I pay about $150/month. Even in the summer when I only use Natural gas to heat my water and run my dryer when my clothes are not hanging outside.

Recently the natural gas company in my area uped the bill by 75%. And everyone was upset for such an increase. Then when the weather wasnt that bad the gave everyone a break on their bill by cutting it by 5%. So at the end of the day they only uped the bill by 70%. So anyhow you ask anyone up here about National fuel and you will be hard pressed to get anyone to say anything good about them...
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sounds like you guys are lucky as hell when it comes to your electricity bills,I live in houston,house is about 1600sqfeet,I was on balanced billing with Reliant energy,about 6 months ago,bill went from 220.00 a month to 400.00 a month!!! my house is all electric but come on!!
since then I installed a clothesline in the backyard,put on window tinting,switched to all flourescent bulbs,timer on hot water heater,and switched electricity providers,and the lowest bill I've got was 220.00,and I think that was for about 11 or 1200 kwhrs,and thats the very least I can use,looking at my old bills I used 1500 to 2600 kwhrs a month depending on the month
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Just moved into my townhouse at the beginning of November. Set up similar to 8588, forced air furnace with dryer, hot water, and stove running off of it. Electric fridge, washing machine, dishwasher.

I've been averaging about 30 or so a month electric (paid really low 2 months, then a high 3rd month (manual meter check)), and about 90 for natural gas.

Keeping the thermostat at 70 has helped, along with it being fairly warm in December and part of January. I have a feeling this week coming, the thermostat's gonna go up...thinking about getting a programmable themostat so I can have the temps lower while we're gone.
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