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CorCentral
09-19-2007, 12:08 PM
I have a heat pump= AC/Heat (2001) and was thinking of upgrading to a newer/more efficient unit. The other thread got me back on track but not really wanting to drop 2k+ on a unit at the moment. Just curious on if upgrading will drop my electric bill considerably............. Hearing some numbers will kind of help me decide ;)


List your home's (1)square footage, your avg monthly (2)electric bill and (3)How many people live in the house

1--- 1,980
2--- $110.-$120.
3--- 2


Edit:HyTekJosh
I'm just looking for averages, nothing scientific :)

Edit2: WolverineGator
See above edit

Superwormy
09-19-2007, 12:09 PM
1 --- 1,000 ish?
2 --- $45
3 --- 3

Aikouka
09-19-2007, 12:10 PM
I live in a one bedroom apartment, but I've had bills ranging from $70 to $170 with only one person living there. This month should be better since it's been cool out during the day for a bit and I've left the AC off for awhile.

HyTekJosh
09-19-2007, 12:15 PM
You should ask about location as the temperature (extreme and average) may play a significant role.

Gooberlx2
09-19-2007, 12:21 PM
My wife and I rent a house right now, probably 1200 sq ft, and the utility bill came out to $280 last month, and this is with the thermostat set at 82!

Goddamn heat and crap ass no insulation having house.

Vero Beach, FL
90-100+ temp everyday in August

gsellis
09-19-2007, 12:22 PM
3200
95min-375max
3 (4 in summer)

broon
09-19-2007, 12:24 PM
5340sq exceptionally efficient.
$120 in August with three A/C units
4 people live there

SacrosanctFiend
09-19-2007, 12:28 PM
1345sq/ft
$60-70/month
2 people live here
Knoxville, TN

PrinceofWands
09-19-2007, 01:06 PM
1900sq', about $65 a month, 2 full time, 1 half time resident.

WolverineGator
09-19-2007, 02:29 PM
OP, you should add region of the country as #4

1 --- 2050 s.f.
2 --- $80 - $220 (77 night, 79 day in August)
($180 with AC set to 80, 83 during weekdays when no one is home)
3 --- 3
4 --- Florida
5 --- Age of Dwelling: 7 years

I will be adding gable mount roof vents with solar powered fans for < $200. Hope that helps next summer.

Anubis
09-19-2007, 02:44 PM
1) 4000
2) 120 ish
3) 3, was 4 untill 2 weeks ago
4) bumfuck NY
5) house was built in the mid 1800s totally gutted down to the stud walls and refinished about 11 years ago

PingSpike
09-19-2007, 02:48 PM
1700sqft, haven't been there to long, but I'm guessing $50-70/mo based on the bills I have gotten. There's just 2 of us.

I just shut the shades in the summer, usually keeps the house fairly cool.

Bryophyte
09-19-2007, 02:48 PM
~1500 sqft
~$120-150
4 people
Western Oregon
All electric appliances (no LP/NG service at all) except for woodstove for heating

fisheerman
09-19-2007, 02:51 PM
1----4000 sq ft
2----$190 avg month
3---- 2 adults, 1 child


southeast VA
thermostat stays on 72 day 70 night.
house is a 1 story brick transitional built in 2006

-fish

waggy
09-19-2007, 02:53 PM
1 2000 sqft (but also have 1000 sqft finished basement)

2) 90 a month

3) 2 adults 2 children.


Norhtern IL, all gas applinces, also have a wood burning stove to help heating.

rh71
09-19-2007, 02:54 PM
1) 1370
2) $100 (used to be 70 for a couple years... dunno what happened, and no it's not because of summer AC)
3) 2 people
4) LI|NY
5) 57 years old now.

Yreka
09-19-2007, 02:55 PM
1. 2200 sq feet
2. average about $100 per mo gas & elec
3. 2 adults ( one home full time), 2 children
4. Central Valley, California
5 House was built in '04

CorCentral
09-19-2007, 02:56 PM
Originally posted by: waggy
1 2000 sqft (but also have 1000 sqft finished basement)

2) 90 a month

3) 2 adults 2 children.


Norhtern IL, all gas applinces, also have a wood burning stove to help heating.



Nice bill but this is an Electric thread :)
Damn, I could get gas, I have a line that was disconnected....... $90. ???? Impressive!


EDIT: One question for those of you with central heat/air.....
Maintainence on a unit. What does this entail? What do they do when they come out? How much? Will it improve efficiency?

Dirigible
09-19-2007, 02:58 PM
1) 1300 square feet.
2) Electricity bill (doesn't count gas) ranges between $60 midsummer to $120 midwinter. Basically, the more darkness, the higher the electricity bill.
3) Two people.

Of course, these numbers are useless to you since I don't have AC. Even on the hottest days of the year it doesn't get over 80 degrees inside, and I've zero insulation in this 100 year old house as far as I know. I love the climate here (Oakland, CA).

waggy
09-19-2007, 03:00 PM
Originally posted by: CorCentral
Originally posted by: waggy
1 2000 sqft (but also have 1000 sqft finished basement)

2) 90 a month

3) 2 adults 2 children.


Norhtern IL, all gas applinces, also have a wood burning stove to help heating.



Nice bill but this is an Electric thread :)
Damn, I could get gas, I have a line that was disconnected....... $90. ???? Impressive!




you misunderstand. i know its a electric thread.

my electric bill is$90. about $15 lower in the winter.

MY gas bill is like $120 a month! but thats for heat, water,cooking, cleaning etc.

Descartes
09-19-2007, 03:01 PM
1) ~3600sf
2) ~$200 for the summer. Haven't lived there long enough to see winter.
3) 2 people (me and the wife)

Atlanta, GA. This is with 2 units. One controls the upper floor and the other downstairs. The house is also Earthcraft certified (http://www.earthcrafthouse.com/) which is supposed to lend itself to greater energy efficiency, but whether or not it does I have no idea.

CorCentral
09-19-2007, 03:02 PM
Originally posted by: waggy
Originally posted by: CorCentral
Originally posted by: waggy
1 2000 sqft (but also have 1000 sqft finished basement)

2) 90 a month

3) 2 adults 2 children.


Norhtern IL, all gas applinces, also have a wood burning stove to help heating.



Nice bill but this is an Electric thread :)
Damn, I could get gas, I have a line that was disconnected....... $90. ???? Impressive!




you misunderstand. i know its a electric thread.

my electric bill is$90. about $15 lower in the winter.

MY gas bill is like $120 a month! but thats for heat, water,cooking, cleaning etc.


I comprende' now ;)

DBL
09-19-2007, 03:08 PM
What brand? I have 2 Mcquay water source heat pumps (heat/air) also) and replaced them last year. Then I did a whole gut renovation a few months after I replaced the units, so it is hard for me to judge just this part. However, my units were from 1988 or so, so they were pretty old. I think these things generally have 20 yr life spans, so I can't really see replacing 6 year old units

But since I did replace them before the reno , I seem to recall about a 200 KW difference in my bill two winters ago. That translates to about $40 per month in my area or about 10 years to pay them back. But since the old one did a much poorer job and often had problems turning on (it was hard to maintain a comfortable temp), I figure the difference is a bit more dramatic than that.

You might have some luck calling the mfg. I was able to get some good information from Mcquay as well as speak with an actual engineer at one point.

WannaFly
09-19-2007, 03:25 PM
1. ~1100sq ft
2. ~120 in the middle of summer now
3. 2 people
4. Florida

This is an interesting thread, just bought my house 5 months ago and the AC is 10 years old, i keep it at 79 but it seems much cooler, it goes up to 84 during the day when we're at work.

I've also thought about replacing it to get better efficieny, but this one works fine.

Exterous
09-19-2007, 03:27 PM
1. 1300sf
2. ~$70 (higher in summer due to ac)
3. 2
4. Michigan

waggy
09-19-2007, 03:30 PM
Originally posted by: WannaFly
1. ~1100sq ft
2. ~120 in the middle of summer now
3. 2 people
4. Florida

This is an interesting thread, just bought my house 5 months ago and the AC is 10 years old, i keep it at 79 but it seems much cooler, it goes up to 84 during the day when we're at work.

I've also thought about replacing it to get better efficieny, but this one works fine.


the AC in my place is 12 years old. we thought about replaceing it but it is working great. So we replaced the terrible heater we had with a new high efficient one. and replaced a few of the worst windows (going to do the rest next summer).

I can see a huge benifit. my heating bill is less. we are not useing as much propane .

now really tempted to buy a new AC unit
its amazing how a new unit can save you money.

Sphexi
09-19-2007, 03:33 PM
1 - 900 - 1000? (2bdrm apartment)
2 - $30-35
3 - 3, soon 4 (two are little kids so they don't count)

fstime
09-19-2007, 03:34 PM
8 People

$300-400 / Month

Thats Fairfield County, CT for you.

lokiju
09-19-2007, 03:38 PM
1: 1,875sq ft
2: No clue yet, haven't lived there a month.
3: 2 (plus two cats)
4: GA

TXHokie
09-19-2007, 03:38 PM
1. 3000sqft
2. ave billing 185 (90min winter-380max summer, a/c set at 78deg 24/7 with kids+stay at home mom)
3. 5 people
4. Dallas, TX (hot hot hot)

Used to be more but since we've put up light blocking curtains on the sun side of the house, it's helped cool down the house quite a bit.

Fritzo
09-19-2007, 03:43 PM
2400 sq ft, 2 adults 2 kids = $270 :( And that's with 27 energy efficient bulbs. We have a fridge in our garage though, and I run 2 servers, our wide screen LCD is on like 10 hours a day + 400 watts for my guitar rig :)

moshquerade
09-19-2007, 03:48 PM
Originally posted by: Anubis
1) 4000
2) 120 ish
3) 3, was 4 untill 2 weeks ago
4) bumfuck NY
5) house was built in the mid 1800s totally gutted down to the stud walls and refinished about 11 years ago


National Grid?

Scarpozzi
09-19-2007, 03:49 PM
1400sq feet
$150/month (1-24,000btu central A/C Unit, 1-6,500btu window A/C Unit, 1-18 cubic foot refridgerator, and 1-26 cubic foot refridgerator)

3 people....sometime 4.

JRich
09-19-2007, 03:50 PM
948 sq ft.
$50 in the winter. $130-150 in the summer.
2
AZ

cheezy321
09-19-2007, 04:09 PM
Originally posted by: JRich
948 sq ft.
$50 in the winter. $130-150 in the summer.
2
AZ


YOU SERIOUS?!?!? WTF WHY AM I GETTING SO SCREWED?

950 SQ FT.
$80 - 100 winter - 200 min 300 max summer
2 people
Tempe, AZ

Metron
09-19-2007, 04:22 PM
1100 sq. ft. 2 story townhouse (no gas, all electric, digital setback thermostat)
$35 in Winter, $105 was highest bill this year for hot August last month
1
Texas

hanoverphist
09-19-2007, 04:24 PM
1550 sq ft
summer time bills from 150 to 250, winter from 85 to 115
4 humans, 2 dogs, lizard and a bird. damn lizard never turns off lights tho.


oh, this is in arizona. desert, hot most of the time. the 250ish bills are july and august, the rest of the year i closer to the 100 mark. oh, i have a really old block home with crappy sash windows that dont seal. that and a huge doggy door that spews cold air usually. i bet if i replaced the windows and got rid of the dogs my summer bills would drop in half.

JRich
09-19-2007, 05:39 PM
Originally posted by: cheezy321
Originally posted by: JRich
948 sq ft.
$50 in the winter. $130-150 in the summer.
2
AZ


YOU SERIOUS?!?!? WTF WHY AM I GETTING SO SCREWED?

950 SQ FT.
$80 - 100 winter - 200 min 300 max summer
2 people
Tempe, AZ

I'm in an older apartment with vaulted ceilings too. During the day my blinds are shut tight and the a/c is set at 78-80 degrees. At night the computers are shut off. I don't run the heater in the winter that much if at all.

JulesMaximus
09-19-2007, 05:53 PM
2200 sq ft
3 people
Ave: $110-120/month (includes gas-heating, dryer, stove/oven)

xochi
09-19-2007, 05:54 PM
2950 Sq ft Dallas/Fort Worth
August Bill $165
5 total

brand new heat pump very efficient, last years August bill was about $350-400

MrDudeMan
09-19-2007, 06:05 PM
1100 sq ft.
$45 avg. elec and $18 avg. gas
2 people
Colorado

Our condo was finished in May of this year and is insanely energy efficient. The AC unit never turned on in the month of May and the temperatures ranged from 60 at night to 80 during the day. I had the thermostat set on 74 and it never budged from 72 for the entire month. Our bill that month was $16, haha. I expect this month will be similar since the AC unit only runs during the day and even then it hardly ever turns on. I keep all of the blinds shut tight when we aren't home and I open the windows in the computer room to let the hot air out and keep it away from the rest of the house. Computers go off at night and we use energy efficient bulbs.

jersiq
09-19-2007, 06:16 PM
2100 sq ft.
4 people, but my oldest daughter is less than 2 yrs old so we only control the temp.
2 3-ton units for central air. (2 story house)
Houston TX

Average bill is 250. It peaks to ~375 in the summer, but one of the reasons is that I have a doggie door to my backyard on my storm door. So the main back door is always open.

I installed some radiant barrier in our attics, and had my dryer vent flushed out. (It piped directly to the roof, so I had to hire someone to do that) and I saw a decrease of ~50/month.

FWIW I was paying 14.5 cents per kWh

BurnItDwn
09-19-2007, 06:20 PM
1100 sq feet
$70 avg electric (though in the summer it's always over $100. gas is usually about $20 or so in the summer, and up to around $100 or so in the winter)
currently 1 person.
Streamwood, IL

Summer thermostat is set to 70-75 (70 when I'm home, otherwise 75)
Winter thermostat is set to 56-60 (60 when I feel like it, otherwise upper 50s.)

imported_Greenman
09-19-2007, 06:22 PM
Around 8000 sqft, gas/electric is around $950 a month (includes heating the pool and AC), 2 living in the house.

HomerSapien
09-20-2007, 02:07 AM
1800 sq ft
2 people
~75 month
heat pump, electric water heater, 12 years old
Southern New Mexico Desert
Seriously people, buy a programmable digital thermostat and stop keeping the ac at 70

aphex
09-20-2007, 02:12 AM
1300 sq ft
$80/mo in Winter
$140/mo in Summer
2 people + 1 dog
Southwest FL

Eos
09-20-2007, 02:16 PM
1800 sq ft
$60/mo in winter (gas heat)
$120/mo in summer (electric cooling system)
2 people living in desert SE Washington state, so hot all summer.

Gas bill runs about $140 in the winter and $30 in the summer.

brtspears2
09-20-2007, 02:19 PM
900 sq ft
$50 winter, up to $100 summer
1 person, 1 cat, two fridges
Riverside, CA

RossMAN
09-20-2007, 02:21 PM
1) around 980 sq ft
2) around $60
3) 2

edro
09-20-2007, 02:23 PM
1200 sq ft
$160 Summer, $100 Winter (Gas makes it even)
3 people, Ohio

NuclearNed
09-20-2007, 02:24 PM
- 2300+ sq ft
- Just moved in, don't know yet
- 2 people

mrrman
09-20-2007, 08:15 PM
1200 sq ft...just me....40-80 per month depending on the season...my 2 kids are with me on and off...same cost

PetunZ
09-20-2007, 08:24 PM
1100 sq ft.
$25/month
1 person
OC, California

I rarely turn on my AC, the fans are good enough for me. I'll turn on the AC if I have friends over, but most of my friends live about 30 mins from me, so I'm always driving up there to see them. Maybe I should include my gas (driving) bill to offset the low electricity bill.

MrPickins
09-20-2007, 08:29 PM
I need to invent a program to mine data from threads like these.

I wonder how much I could find out about individual forum members by compiling their posts data...

cKGunslinger
09-20-2007, 09:01 PM
2000sqft
4 people
$380 with bill averaging

MixMasterTang
09-20-2007, 09:33 PM
1500 Square Feet
Averages of $91.08 this last year and $82.57 last year
2 Adults, 2 Kids and lots of entertaining on the weekend.

Edit: Average $69 a month for gas so total utilities the last year averages $160.08 a month

Location: Kansas City

Current Year / Bill Date / Bill / Avg $ day Usage / Days / Avg Temp

08/23/07 $171.47 $5.91 1,923 29 85 08/23/06 $152.73 $5.27 1,850 29 83
07/25/07 $153.77 $5.13 1,715 30 79 07/25/06 $152.96 $4.78 1,853 32 80
06/25/07 $145.95 $4.56 1,623 32 75 06/23/06 $117.26 $3.91 1,402 30 77
05/24/07 $96.31 $3.32 1,131 29 69 05/24/06 $55.56 $1.98 676 28 63
04/25/07 $64.15 $2.14 749 30 54 04/26/06 $52.67 $1.76 663 30 62
03/26/07 $55.79 $1.99 638 28 52 03/27/06 $43.62 $1.56 534 28 46
02/26/07 $67.08 $2.10 788 32 28 02/27/06 $58.12 $1.82 741 32 37
01/25/07 $67.84 $2.26 811 30 35 01/26/06 $52.94 $1.76 667 30 42
12/26/06 $73.05 $2.15 954 34 41 12/27/05 $86.79 $2.55 1,150 34 31
11/22/06 $53.16 $1.83 670 29 48 11/23/05 $43.27 $1.49 529 29 51
10/24/06 $58.61 $1.83 748 32 59 10/25/05 $58.19 $1.82 742 32 61
09/22/06 $85.77 $2.86 1,032 30 70 09/23/05 $116.74 $3.89 1,440 30 75

Summary $1,092.95 $2.99 12,782 365 58 Summary $990.85 $2.72 12,247 364 59
This data is valid as of 09/19/07




Change in Average Daily Usage Compared to Last Year
This month's average daily usage 66.3 kWh/day
12 months ago 63.8 kWh/day
Change in monthly usage + 4%
Average change for customer class + 4%
Change in average temperature + 2%

Penth
09-21-2007, 04:20 AM
1 - 4600
2 - $350ish during the summer.
3 - 4

Scouzer
09-21-2007, 05:03 AM
1--- 600sqft apartment
2--- $40
3--- 1

arcas
09-21-2007, 09:23 AM
1. 2400 sqft
2. $80-$90 in the summer, $30 in the winter
3. 1

alkemyst
09-21-2007, 09:38 AM
Should include area as heat indexes are a big contributor.

1788
$200ish
2