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Old 07-15-12, 03:01 PM
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

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He said a 1400 sq ft condo.Whether or not you want to hear it, you'll be financially screwed until you fix your credit and stop paying double for a Honda Civic. You'll never be able to rationalize anything with your financial situation to the people here. Most people that have extra money like that to burn do so on better cars or other things.
I get that part of it. My credit is getting better, though.
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel View Post
I want socialism to reign supreme and not have to pay a single utility bill.
I'm not sure I get the socialism comment. I don't think the OP was complaining about having to pay, just that he didn't expect it to be so much. The people getting upset simply because they have a higher bill seemed goofy to me.


I'm grateful to have a property management group that pays for garbage, gas and water.
I too am happy for that.
Old 07-15-12, 10:24 PM
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

This is such a thread fail. I wish my bill was only as large as the OP's.
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

Yeah, I live in a one bedroom, not sure of the size, but it's not 1400 sq feet but my bill is higher than this one
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

I started setting the temp to 80. Not sure if that would help. But if it starts to get hot, back to 78 it'll go.
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

I run a ceiling fan with the A/C on, but it's only in the room I am in at the time (the previous owners even put a fan in the kitchen - doesn't work too well if you want to cook using the gas stove - )

I keep mine at 78 because it actually gets a little chilly in the house at times - even with 100+ degree weather, but I also typically walk around in underwear and a shirt most of the time.

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I started setting the temp to 80. Not sure if that would help. But if it starts to get hot, back to 78 it'll go.
Self-manipulating the thermostat is probably the worst thing you can do. Just leave it be on one temperature.
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

Originally Posted by troystiffler View Post
Bummer. That is miserable. Say goodbye to a few hundred bucks. Hope the whole AC isn't bad.

Get someone on the phone, and ready to stop by today. Most of the AC companies work 7 days a week. Just don't be suprised if it's a simple contactor or capacitor, and the cost is still a few hundred to fix (after the trip charge and whatnot). Could be closer to $750 if there's a bad motor. Could be $3500 if the unit is too bad to fix.
It was a blown capacitor, probably the best possible result. The AC is getting up there in years, so I was worried that it was going to be something much worse.
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

As others have said, there is a mini-heatwave in CA right now, I have to think that keeping your AC at 78 or 80 all day long is going to kick off the AC a lot especially during the daytime. Why do you need it at that temperature when you're not home (assuming people aren't home during the day)? Also, as someone else mentioned the "smart meters" charge more for daytime use, when electricity use is at it's peak, so that will also add significantly to your bill.

So for those saying the fans are a waste of electricity... if he's keeping his ac on 24/7 at a certain temp, don't the fans actually save electricity from not making the ac do all the work to regulate temp?
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

Definitely not a large electric bill ... and also may explain his claims to a 14" penis ...

Seriously though ... look into a programmable thermostat to prevent the air/heat from running when not needed (i.e., when you aren't home, in the middle of the night).

Look into "smart power strips" based on all the gadgets you have running. These will sense when a "lead" appliance (such as a TV or computer) is not on and will cut the power to all the ancillary appliances (i.e., Blu-ray/DVD player, game system, printer, monitor). Reducing these phantom power loads could save noticeable amounts of energy.

Ceiling fans area good thing, but 24/7 is probably overkill.

I know California is deregulated; not sure how it stacks up with Illinois though. As another poster suggested, look into purchasing your electricity from an alternate supplier. The market is so depressed now that there are some killer deals available (at least here in Illinois).

If you live on a "non-standard" schedule, consider a real-time pricing option. Another poster alluded to this (although he didn't understand the concept) when he advised you to stay away from a smart meter. Smart meters have nothing to do with the cost of power unless you are on a real-time pricing structure (or some other similar plan that discounts based on load). An RTP can save you significant money IF you can use power during non-peak periods (i.e., doing laundry or running the dishwasher after 8pm). Some people even use this to determine when to heat/cool (i.e., when the price is low, heat/cool to an extreme and then do not run it when the price peaks).

Get rid of the second fridge ... the estimate of $5/month was conservatively low! Especially if it is out in the garage (hotter temps mean it runs more).

CFLs, CFLs, CFLs ... they use 75% less energy for your lighting and do not produce the extraneous heat of an incandescent. (90% of the power used by incandescent bulbs produce heat, not light ... wasted energy that your AC then has to overcome!)
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

Originally Posted by conscience View Post
Self-manipulating the thermostat is probably the worst thing you can do. Just leave it be on one temperature.
I've heard that, too. You have to remember that all of your walls and other materials in your house get warm. And then the AC runs longer to cool it back down.

I tested that in my old apartment and didn't notice much difference in pricing, when turning the AC up to 95 all day (while at work).
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

Wow Nick, June and early July has been relatively cool. I got my bill and paid $66 for 2 months of electricity. can't wait until your next bill comes around, it is heating up
Old 07-21-12, 01:17 AM
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

3-4 loads of laundry twice a week seems like a lot to me. How many people are living in your home that you need to do so much laundry? As someone else mentioned, try to do full loads of laundry each time, if you're not doing that already. And air drying your clothes on a drying rack will save energy, plus make your clothes last longer.

You can try washing dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher. That'll save on energy costs too.

The extra fridge in the garage is using a lot of energy. Unless you're saving money by buying an entire cow and storing all that meat in the extra fridge, it's probably not worth it. Why do you even need an extra refrigerator?

I have a PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube that are all always in standby mode. They don't use much energy. The newest LED-backlit TVs use a lot less energy than Plasmas and even LCD backlit TVs. So I don't think you have to worry about those electronics. Computers can use a lot of energy though, especially if they're on all the time and/or running at full load (video games and video editting/processing). Why not put the computers in hibernate mode when not using them, or just turn them off?

But it's usually the appliances that use the most energy. Washer/dryer for laundry, dishwasher, extra refrigerator, and of course the A/C itself.
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!



This week has been humid and hot here in SCAL. The air conditioner has had to do a lot of work (the blue). Most mild days there isn't much blue at all..
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

Still hot Supposed to be 105 here tomorrow.

Come on Winter!
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

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Still hot Supposed to be 105 here tomorrow.

Come on Winter!
We've had near record highs here in Oklahoma lately. I too am eagerly awaiting winter.
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

Kansas City has seen the worst July since the 1980 heatwave. Some of the trees are already dropping leaves it's been so hot and dry. Fall can't get here fast enough.
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

Just paid my July -> mid August bill... $94.

72 degrees on my A/C... 105 degrees out. Granted this is a 2-bedroom apartment, not a house.

Bitches!

PS: Those talking about ceiling fans... we have 3... one in both bedrooms and in the living room. I never ever turn those off. My mom always said that spreading around the A/C with fans helps it to work less.
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

My bill in the winter is over 100 bucks... My carbon footprint is the size of a small country.
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

I forgot about this thread.

We cut down our usage the next month including setting the thermostat at 80 and 82 when we were gone.

The bill was ten bucks more

Then my AC went out (Bad capacitor) and they replaced the filter so yeah maybe it was working too hard. Who knows.
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

Originally Posted by Living Dead View Post
Wow. Mr. Electricity looks like a giddy child molester. "Hey kids, let me show you the meaning of power..."
Mr. Electricity jumped off a bridge?
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Re: Attack of the Evil Electric Bill! It's Huge, Run For Your Lives!

Originally Posted by nickdawgy View Post
I forgot about this thread.

We cut down our usage the next month including setting the thermostat at 80 and 82 when we were gone.

The bill was ten bucks more

Then my AC went out (Bad capacitor) and they replaced the filter so yeah maybe it was working too hard. Who knows.
Keep in mind outside temps. If it's 85 outside, on average, the A/C will not work as hard as if it's 110.

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