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#1 Jeanette

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 06:05 PM

Let's talk AC bills.

My June bill was $377. Naturally I freaked out and decided that in July I was going to be hypervigilant about using the AC. We did not turn it on at all unless it was deadly (>95) or over Shabbos if we had guests. It got really, really hot but I was happy that I was saving money (ha!). Then my July bill comes and it was $336!!!! Only $40 less. So we got to shvitz AND pay through the nose.

Today I was talking to my SIL who was complaining that her AC bill was $290. Now they run their AC all day and their apartment is always cool, and they pay LESS than us. What is going on? Their apartment is slightly larger than ours and we both have 4 AC's but as I said, mine are hardly ever turned on. They are on a ground floor and we are on a 3rd floor, I know that makes a difference. One of our AC's is very old and probably very inefficient.... but does that really explain this huge discrepancy? They suggested I call con-ed to make sure nobody is hooked on to our power.

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 06:15 PM

How do you have a bill for air-conditioning? Do you mean a bill for electricity?

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 06:15 PM

I have no real idea as I don't live in the US but is it possible these are estimated bills and no one has read your meter? I would query the bill and ask them to come and read the meter and you might find a huge downward adjustment.
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Posted 02 August 2011 - 06:18 PM

How do you have a bill for air-conditioning? Do you mean a bill for electricity?

Yes, my electric bill in the winter is negligible (about $60/mo) so my summer bill really is just paying for AC.

And lyric, no, it wasn't an estimated bill.

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 06:21 PM

Yes, my electric bill in the winter is negligible (about $60/mo) so my summer bill really is just paying for AC.

And lyric, no, it wasn't an estimated bill.


Well then query it. I would.
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Posted 02 August 2011 - 06:26 PM

Could be that the old AC is drawing a lot of power. You can get an electricity usage monitor to check it.

http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/B00009MDBU

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 06:53 PM

Maybe someone is stealing your power. Or your ACs are REALLY inefficient....
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Posted 02 August 2011 - 07:05 PM

a lower floor should need somewhat less a/c, just as they need slightly more heat, since heat rises. with basements, this sometimes makes a quite dramatic difference.
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Posted 02 August 2011 - 07:10 PM

Could be that the old AC is drawing a lot of power. You can get an electricity usage monitor to check it.

http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/B00009MDBU

Thanks. That looks like a good product.

Maybe someone is stealing your power. Or your ACs are REALLY inefficient....

Well, I know that at least 1 is really old and probably inefficient. The rest are <5 years old.

Another possibility is that our wiring is really old and inefficient, but that's not in my control....

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 07:18 PM

Is her apartment newer? Are you attached, semi, etc.? Also, a major factor besides what everyone mentioned is the filter. When was the last time you cleaned or replaced it?

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 07:31 PM

Well, I just got off the phone with Con-Ed. Mystery solved -- we had recently switched to one of these "energy saving" plans and they were actually charging us 9 cents MORE per kwh than con ed.

Well, I'm switching back, and they will also send someone down to do an energy audit to figure out where the power is going (and make sure nobody is stealing ours).

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 07:49 PM

Update: I do not remember how I switched or why, but I was scammed BIG TIME by Energy Plus. I never really look that closely at my electricity bill because in the winter it's pretty low... it's only in the summer that it got out of control.

I thought I would be saving money by switching to this plan and had no clue I was being charged almost double each month... :bigcry: :bigcry:

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 08:06 PM

Insulation, windows, especially those facing south, etc.. are big factors in how hot or cold your house would be.

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 08:57 PM

What about your heating bills? How do they compare? If they are also larger, then it could indeed be the apartment.

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 09:04 PM

What about your heating bills? How do they compare? If they are also larger, then it could indeed be the apartment.

My landlord pays for heating.

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 09:10 PM

I guess this no real way other than seeing his reaction when getting the bill or if it's set really low. The energy audit is probably the best bet, you can find out a lot from that.




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