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Old 07-31-2020, 08:24 PM
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What do you set your thermostat to during the day? What is your average summer electric bill?

I set ours to 78. My bill is about $170.


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Old 07-31-2020, 08:34 PM
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I live in AZ. We set ours to 77. Our house is about 2100 square feet. Our summer monthly bill is about $300 (but we also have a pool). In the cooler months, it's only about $90. I used to have the plan where it averaged it all out to a set monthly payment, but now I just pay whatever it is. Bear in mind it was 116 degrees here yesterday! We just had the hottest July on record!
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Old 07-31-2020, 08:35 PM
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I set mine between 70 and 74 depending on the outside temp. At night I turn it down to 64. My bill is usually around $150.
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Old 07-31-2020, 08:36 PM
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My DH could not stand to keep it at 78. He would sweat to death!

We keep ours betw 72 & 74. He says to turn it up when we are cold but somehow, it always ends up back at 72!
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Old 07-31-2020, 08:40 PM
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78 degrees.
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Old 07-31-2020, 08:47 PM
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We keep ours at 77. Our electric bill is $165. We have bill averaging, so we pay the same amount for 6 months, then the electric company averages our usage and reconfigures the amount we pay. So technically right now I'm paying for what we used during winter and spring (I think).
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Old 07-31-2020, 08:57 PM
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During the day when we arenít home, itís on 73į. When we are home, itís on 70į. At night we drop it to 68į.

We have central air with a programmable thermostat. However, we also have a window unit in our master because we like it really cool when we sleep.

We do the budget plan, and it is $134 a month.
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Old 07-31-2020, 09:15 PM
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Iíve always wondered if thereís a regional difference in ac settings. Ours is set at 78 and itís very comfortable. If it gets below 75 itís way too cold. Iíd feel like I was living in a refrigerator at 70!

Our bill this month was $80.
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Old 07-31-2020, 09:18 PM
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I don't have AC, except for a window unit that I only drag out for a week in July when the temps get close to 100. On very hot days, it's about 85 in my house. With the window unit running, it gets down to 83.

But I live in the upper midwest and I seriously only need AC for one week out of the year. I also think you can get used to the heat after a while. Most days during the summer my house is around 80, but it gets cooler at night.

I never pay more than $75 during the summer. Winter on the other hand...
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Old 07-31-2020, 09:22 PM
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We only require air conditioning 4-5 times per year. By the time the house gets to hot to cool down the temp drops that night by 15-20 degrees. Except this year. We are having a huge heat wave up in the pines. I have been going to bed late because it's too hot. Thank goodness for ceiling fans throughout the house.

Central forced heating in the winter
set the thermostat at 62-63 degrees
$90-$180 from Dec.-April.


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Old 07-31-2020, 09:32 PM
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My c/a is set at 73, which usually gives me a bill of $74. My house is approximately 980 sq. ft.
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Old 07-31-2020, 09:58 PM
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We don't have a/c, but my bill is around $85-95 with the fans we use. The apartment averages between 70 and 97 this summer
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Old 07-31-2020, 10:17 PM
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We live in a two story so the downstairs is set at 75 but the upstairs is ten degrees higher. Then there is the high humidity on top of the heat. Iím in the MW near Lake Michigan.

I remember roller skating and bike riding in Arizona when visiting my folks one year and it was 117 degrees that day. I wouldnít do either here if it was 90 degrees and humid.

Our bill is about $160.
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Old 07-31-2020, 10:19 PM
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I remember roller skating and bike riding in Arizona when visiting my folks one year and it was 117 degrees that day.
when I visited my cousin in the valley, we played golf one day when it was 115. But that was preferable to 95 and humid in Chicagoland!
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Old 07-31-2020, 10:52 PM
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Mine is set to 78 during the day and 76 at night.

My last electric bill was $200.

My house is about 1600 square feet and I live in a very hot area, with summer temps in the high 90s/low 100s daily from June to September.
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:33 AM
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I run cold, so I don't need as much AC. I keep it on 80 for most of the day. If I get hot and I'm just sitting around, I'll turn a fan on me. If that doesn't work occasionally I'll bump the AC down a degree or two for a bit. It's MUCH hotter upstairs where I sleep, so I bump it down to 74 or so at night and also sleep with my fan right on me.

My bill varies depending on how hot it is outside. In May/June there were many days the AC hardly kicked on at all. In July it was running a lot more. I've paid anywhere from $50-75 for gas/electric this summer. I'm much more generous with the heat- I can't stand being cold. My largest bill was just over $90 in December. In my hometown, energy bills are hundreds of dollars per month. It's the ONE thing that's cheaper here!

Prior to moving into my house, I lived in a 650 sq. ft. middle unit apartment in a building that had interior hallways. I could turn the heat or AC to whatever temp I wanted and I never paid more than $35. It's the one thing I miss about living there!
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:40 AM
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Daytime 77 degrees. Nighttime 72 degrees. Our house is all electric and the bill runs about $175 in the summer.
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Old 08-01-2020, 03:26 AM
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We only have window units but theyíre all set to 68į (I would set them lower if I didnít think I would freeze them).

We donít pay an electric bill.
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Old 08-01-2020, 03:27 AM
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But my AC is normally between 68-72. I canít stand being hot and prefer it below 75 I also have a pug that overheats easily. In the winter my bill is 45-60 and summer about 75-90. I do have to say I rarely turn my heat on in the winter. I live on the 4th floor and sometimes even on cold days of winter my apartment is in the 70ís. I donít know if itís from the apartment below me or ? Sometimes in late fall early winter Iíll even turn the AC on for a spell if itís above 75. We have humid summers here in VA. It gets hot but not 115 degree 🥵. We have been staying pretty much in the 90ís.
But that humidity makes it feel gross.
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Old 08-01-2020, 03:56 AM
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70-72* is what I keep my house at in the summer in Texas.

My bill is $0. When I built my house last fall, the developer never released the house even though I called and set it up on my end. I have called a couple of times to check. But itís the developer that is making the mistake. Oh well... win for me!!
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Old 08-01-2020, 04:07 AM
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Our split pumps are set at 68 all year. We just switch from heat to air depending on the season.

I cannot sleep in a warm room , so we have a separate air unit in there that is set to 60 at night. I have to have blanket weight to sleep!
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Old 08-01-2020, 04:26 AM
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I keep the AC at 72 and with the budget plan my electric is $78.

It used to be set on 68, but now I just run a fan in my room at night.

My house is one story and about 1,000 square feet.
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Old 08-01-2020, 04:38 AM
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We keep it about 74 degrees. Not sure about the bill!
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Old 08-01-2020, 04:46 AM
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Iím in Florida. My a/c is normally at 74/75 during the day and 71/70 at night.

My electric bill is normally around $125 in the summer. It can be as low as $60 in the winter (heat is really never necessary here). I donít ever turn my ceiling fans off. My house is 1,580 square feet and two stories, the upstairs doesnít get any hotter than downstairs (thankfully!) but I also have room darkening curtains on all the bedroom windows upstairs which definitely helps.
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Old 08-01-2020, 05:23 AM
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No AC, just OB (ocean breeze). Average electric bill = $50.

Average year round temps of 72į. Right now weíre having a heat wave (itís hot where DD lives inland) and todayís high will be 76į here. Lovely.

Other money savers: no gas, no heat needed.
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Old 08-01-2020, 05:29 AM
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I usually keep it at 72-74 during the day and 75 at night. We have a pool also, so the electric bill is higher in the summer. Itís usually around $300.
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Old 08-01-2020, 05:48 AM
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We've down sized and our present home is about 1, 600 feet, so we don't have that big of a space to cool or heat. Average bill ranges from abut $90-120 depending upon weather extremes. Settings are 75 in the summer and 65 in the winter. Good survey to take part in for those of us who have installed systems! Interesting to see average settings and bills! Great post, thank you!
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Old 08-01-2020, 06:09 AM
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Temp 74. Bill $114
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Old 08-01-2020, 10:08 AM
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We donít set it. We keep all the windows open at night with fans blowing cool air in. Then in the morning, we close the windows and coverings and only turn on necessary lights.

Ninety percent of the time, the house stays in the low 70s with this method.

When the outside temp drops to within a degree or so of the inside temp, we open the windows.

If it goes above low 70s early in the day or the temp is going to stay above 75 late into the night, Iíll consider turning on the AC. I donít like AC air so I almost prefer to be hot for a couple of hours if it doesnít get hot until late afternoon.
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Old 08-01-2020, 10:20 AM
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in the humid mid-Atlantic. 75 daytime; 72 night time. I used to keep it set higher, but my dh complained so now it's lower. The bill runs between $70-100 depending on the summer. They also do one month of actual use followed by one month of estimated use all year, so it can vary a lot. Heating is natural gas, so our winter bill runs pretty low.
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Old 08-01-2020, 10:49 AM
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We have central air, but don't use it much. I turn it on when the house reaches 80į inside. This week it's been in high 90įs and 100į a couple of days, so I've turned on the a/c when it gets 77į inside. I set it to 76į inside. We turn it off at night, because it usually cools down nicely. We run a fan in our bedroom year round. We put in a window unit in our bedroom (central air does a crappy job upstairs) for the few nights a year when it doesn't cool down enough outside.


Our highest summer electric bill is $75.
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Old 08-01-2020, 11:24 AM
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We don't have A/C and don't need it. Ocean breezes are enough to cool us, and when it does get warmer (75ļ-77ļF), it is primarily dry heat. We also have at the most 1-2 weeks of higher humidity and temperatures (80ļ). In summer we usually keep all the windows open and use floor-standing fans when it gets a bit too warm.
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Old 08-01-2020, 12:55 PM
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Our house is not quite 2000 square feet. We keep it on 72-73 during the day and 70 at night. Our bill is around $200. We also have a pool pump which runs 12 hours a day during the summer and tend to use our dryer often.

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Old 08-01-2020, 07:04 PM
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I have to budget. I keep my central a/c at 82 degrees. My bill is around $125. At night, I crack a window for cool night air. I canít open it all the way. I live in a big city. My a/c is really too small for for home so it works really hard keeping the temp down.
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Old 08-03-2020, 04:59 PM
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I set my downstairs window unit to 72. The upstairs one is just set on ďhigh coldĒ but I only turn it on when I go to bed. My summer electric bill is between $45-60 depending on what the weather is outside.

Winter is another matter. I have the worst electric baseboard heat. Even though I donít keep my house that warm in winter (65) it costs an arm and a leg - $175 or more!
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