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Old 08-06-2011, 10:59 AM   #1
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Is there something wrong in our house?

We've got a 2500 sq ft home built in 1999 in Florida. The house is pretty much all contractor grade materials, so nothing out of the ordinary.

My wife and I leave during the summer and other times for extended period of times. Most of the times its for over a month or so and sometimes its for a little longer. Recently we were both gone for just over a month. Before we live we unplug everything in the house except for a lamp, then we turn off at the breaker panel microwave, range, hot water heater (electrical). We turn up the A/C to 87 degrees and I leave the sprinkler system on. So basically everything in the house was either unplugged or completely turned off at the breaker.

When we walked back in the house the house was fairly cool reading 85 on the thermostat and it was VERY hot outside, I believe it was around 99 that day at about 3pm.

Anyways our bill was $238 total for electric and water, broken down it was $176 for electric and $62 for water. Does this sound normal?

We just had our sprinkler system looked at and there was NO leaks. So the water sounds a little high but the electric is mind blowing to me.

What do you think is the problem or ideas? I understand electric and water is expensive but this just doesn't sound right.


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Old 08-06-2011, 11:28 AM   #2
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That sounds reasonable on both counts, although I'm not in Florida. At 99 degrees, the cooling load on your system will be very high on a typical home built in the late 90s.


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Old 08-06-2011, 11:33 AM   #3
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There is no way for us to answer this unless we know lots more info and we
Know what you are asking.

- where you live
- what energy costs in your area
- what your bill was the same time last year
- how many cooling days you had during the time period
- does your sprinkler run everyday? On a schedule? On a sensor?
If I could only remember to THINK about what I was doing before I did it.
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Old 08-06-2011, 01:16 PM   #4
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I live in south Florida and my 1,900 sq ft house was built in 1987. I have been looking at my electrical costs over the past 5 years to evaluate whether my energy efficient windows and doors are having any significant effect. I estimate that in the summer months, about 35-40% of the electric bill is for air-conditioning. For July, 40% of my electric bill would have been $132. I keep the thermostat at 78F, but your house is a little larger. Also, last month was the hottest July on record. $176 for electric sounds like it is realistic given the variables of insulation, location, age and efficiency of A/C, etc.

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Old 08-06-2011, 07:44 PM   #5
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As suggested, look at last years bills and useage. You should be able to review the last few years online with your electric provider.
After you review these figures, if they're out of line, statistically, let us know.
You should be able to tell us if it's inappropriate, it's your house.
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