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Old 04-19-2017, 06:43 AM   #256
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My super insulation using the polyiso boards, plus system design using in house exposed ductwork is going to pay off. I keep the 1 1/2 ton heat pump on 24/7, set at 65 degrees. With lights and running power tools my electrical bill was $43 for Dec and $44 for Jan. This is in southern middle Tennessee 1200 sq feet. During the summer I ran the AC during the day only and my bill never was above $30.
Our tax and add on fees that range in names from A-Z are nearly that much.

KW used and cost / KW is most useful when comparing electric utility cost. That eliminates all that other nonsense we pay for.

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Our tax and add on fees that range in names from A-Z are nearly that much.

KW used and cost / KW is most useful when comparing electric utility cost. That eliminates all that other nonsense we pay for.
I need to look at my bill for more detail, but that was total, pay this amount, monthly bill. We have TVA which does have low KW rates. I will be turning on hot water this week so will soon get a good feel for future monthly costs. My home owners insurance and property taxes are going to be less than half of old house, which was a pleasant surprise.
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Bathroom is done and wife has decorated. Still have some tile and kitchen cabinets to do. We may be in house before it is done. We listed our present house last Monday hoping it would sell by mid summer. We had three offers in
Three days after listing with others waiting to see house. Ended up selling 10k over asking price.
Wow, that is fantastic, not everyday a house sells for more than asked.

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Only have the foundation done. It would be very helpful to have now but
I have a 40 by 40 hangar at Tullahoma airport to store stuff. Without that I don't
Know what I would do. Garage foundation is totally done but no framing yet. I am considering a steel frame building but the cost/benefit might not be worth it.

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