I just got my electricty bill.....

BigCiX

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it was $572 for the month of july.....can i hang out at your house while your a/c is running?
 

connie

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Similar situation-mine was almost $600 for July also :(
 

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That quite an expensive bill.

I do the whole dual-fuel thing and get gas and electric through the same company and on average it's roughly £170 a month and that equates to $280.

£170 is expensive in my eyes ;(
 
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Wow, mine was 125 for July, but we have a small house to cool down.
With the economy the way it is, getting your home off the grid is the cheapest it has ever been, you can buy solar home kits now for under a 1000 dollars.
 
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iphonewarrior

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Wow, mine was 125 for July, but we have a small house to cool down.
With the economy the way it is, getting your home off the grid is the cheapest it has ever been, you can buy solar home kits now for under a 1000 dollars.

A friend of mine has just purchased something similar. He spent 8k on the panels and all the installation was free. His is mainly for Hot water and heating. He did a bit of math and worked out, that in about 4 years, they would have payed for themselves- Long time I know, but as mentioned above in our current economic climate we need to save every bit of cash we can.
 
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I was thinking of doing that too, maybe next summer, but 8k is a bit pricey. I would get the starter kit for about 1k, which is 1 or 2 panels, and add to it over time as I can since it's expandable.
Seems the way to go these days.
 

ZR_Yancy

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OUCH! I get upset when my bill goes over $200 & I keep my house at 70 degrees. You must have a lot of house to keep cool.
 
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OUCH! I get upset when my bill goes over $200 & I keep my house at 70 degrees. You must have a lot of house to keep cool.
Check the recent temps in Bakersfield, it gets over 100 a lot there. Don't miss it at all. Because of the electricity costs I stopped using my air conditioner there and got me a huge round evaporative cooler and tied it into my duct system. It did a great job, sometimes dropping the temp 30 degrees inside the house.
 

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My uncle has been living on strictly solar and water power for at least 20 years now. He has a huge solar panel covering his roof and there is a river near his house that turns a turbine. Granted he can't use as much electricity as the average person, but he doesn't pay a dime for it.
 

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wow. it was 170 for us. 1 bedroom condo w/a loft. about 1100 sq ft. i'm in oc, in the foothills.
 

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wow. it was 170 for us. 1 bedroom condo w/a loft. about 1100 sq ft. i'm in oc, in the foothills.
Foothill...did you go to the foothill regal to see district 9 yet?
 

BigCiX

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Well for the month of July it was over 95 degree almost every day. The a/c and me having bbq's all the time killed it. My pool pump ran all day when people were in it.
 

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My uncle has been living on strictly solar and water power for at least 20 years now. He has a huge solar panel covering his roof and there is a river near his house that turns a turbine. Granted he can't use as much electricity as the average person, but he doesn't pay a dime for it.
That's pretty awesome!
 

BigCiX

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Last year my bill was nearly $600. This year I got smart and just averaged my bill out. So it's $208 this time around. Last week or so we have 5 days straight of 100 plus degree temps. My pool felt like a jacuzzi!
 
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Yikes... my bill was $130 for July. Ran the AC every day at about 76 degrees. My average bill is $75-$80 so it was a bit higher in the hot weather. Still a couple months of heat and humidity to go.

But to answer the OP's question... Sure, come hang out. Just kick the dog off the couch. :)
 

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WOW@ $700 and $900 electricity bills. I would have to look for alternatives. At those prices you could afford to install some other type of system. My highest bill has been about $375 and you know it gets hot in Houston plus the humidity. I couldn't even imagine a routine bill of $700.