Power bill question

Old 01-31-2013, 07:41 AM
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My wife and I are looking at renting a few houses and were wondering if there's a way to find out the electrical usage history on a particular house.
A few of the houses are much bigger than we have ever lived in and we are curious what we can expect electric bill to be. One of the houses is 3000 ft.² and two stories. It has 2 air conditioning units. It's a great house on about an acre and it's priced in our budget. I'm just scared that it's gonna cost me 500 bucks a month to cool it in the summertime.
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We were looking at home recently and that is one question we asked too - found all we needed by contacting the power company and provided them with the address. Got highs\lows and avgs.
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One way to go about obtaining the information is to ask the seller if they would not mind providing a 12 month usage and bill history. - something easily obtainable from the utility company if they call and ask.

Keep in mind while this approach might give you a general idea, everybody's usage varies depending on among other things, AC set points, when they run their appliances (e.g. day vs night), how long and how often they shower. - Some people like to keep the windows open all of the time regardless of how hot it is outside and others like to set the temp to 65 degrees 24/7.
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Very true FishinFool. The folks that owned our house before us liked to keep it about 85F and 85% humidity year round. I need it more like 72F and much less humidity. Considering we are on the coast in Central Florida our power bills are MUCH higher than theirs were. If you can try to factor that into your estimates.
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I called Delmarva power about a bill, and they responded that they recommend summer A/C be set at 85. We like to keep it much lower because we feel that all that humidity causes mildew and damage to upholstery. I think Delmarva power is crazy!

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