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An energy audit sounds good. What's your average electric bill in the fall and spring? If AC/furnace is the primary cause of a higher electric bill, insulation may be the most cost-effective approach to reduce bills.
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Originally posted by goose5:
78 would not fly with my wife in her late 50s. Hot flash-wise. To tell you the truth I have to layer up because she sets it on 70, and sometimes lower.

Part of the problem 'may' be that you're allowing your wifes physiology to regulate the thermostat. A setting of 70 degrees (and sometimes lower!) will DEFINITELY have an impact on your electric bill...But what happens when she's cold a half hour later?


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flesheatingvirus, what did it cost to add the solar panels? We're thinking about adding them but the costs here are pretty high.

It was around 25k for my system. Not cheap, but we are playing the long game. We put it in a few years ago right before the federal incentives started to decrease. I believe that those paid for around 1/3 of the cost. So far this year, we’ve generated 6.35MWh. Since the install, 32.4MWh.

Then again, NM is a pretty good state for sun!

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Posts: 16862 | Location: New Mexico | Registered: October 14, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Our doublewide mobile home is about 2000 sq feet, and our highest electric bill in the summer is usually around $150-175 and we keep the thermostat at around 72-73 degrees. The coldest months in winter are only slightly higher than that with the heat on 68 or so. I'm pretty content with what we pay.

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Posts: 3560 | Location: Morganton, NC | Registered: December 31, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Electric rates are going way up. Your historic bill amounts will be irrelevant. If you rates having dramatically increased, they will soon. Last year, NH okayed a 102% rate increase. New Yorkers are about to get bent over on their power too. The Green New Deal will fuck us all (unless you are on the government tit).

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Solar panels on my pole barn (metal roof). 11kw system. No battery back up. Installed 15+ years ago. Paid for themselves in the 7-8 year payback estimate. About 50% paid for by state and federal rebates back when we had it done.
Cuts our electric cost by about 75%. Spring, Summer and Fall our monthly bill is $10. House is about 2300 sq.ft., ranch style. Located in Pennsylvania. Excess energy goes back to the grid and we get compensated quarterly for it.
System is zero maintenance for me. It is also WiFi connected so we can watch production in real time, weekly production, monthly, annually, etc.
Have had twice where power surges via lightening did some damage to the system. System shut itself down, stayed down until we had serviceman come and fix it. Insurance paid for it. Have not yet made the effort to go with high efficiency bulbs throughout the house. That and some remedial work on insulation should help our overall efficiency.
To those thinking of a new home, are planning long term and have the space - it would seem to be a no brainer.
Posts: 2088 | Location: south central Pennsylvania | Registered: November 05, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I recently changed my at-home attire to a t-shirt and board shorts.

No jeans, Riggs workwear trousers, or heavy shirts.

It allows me to not run the A/C as much. Coupled with cooler weather this summer and I'm seeing electric bills sub-$150.

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Posts: 31012 | Location: Loudoun County, Virginia | Registered: May 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I live in a 1100 sq. foot house and just paid my electric bill for August this morning. The total bill was 72.23. Note, I'm old enough that I grew up in home that didn't have air conditioning. Never bothered complaining about it to my Dad, he grew up in Cincinnati in a house without air conditioning and had a summer job of installing insulation in attics. Point is, you get acclimated and the heat really doesn't bother you. As for myself, I keep the thermostat set at 80 degrees in the summer.

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