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High Electric Bill

August 19th, 2015 at 02:42 pm

Geez! It has been hot here since we moved in, but didn't expect this large of an electric bill. It's $301.03!!

It did include about $45 worth of first time fees. Plus a few other 'taxes' amounting to $10. Even so that is an expensive bill.

I'm sure having the door open all day on moving day had that air conditioner working hard. And then were other trips in and out. I think we need to increase the temperature a bit and see if we can stand it higher. I know it is lower than we had at our old home. Size wise it is about the same.

I put it on the Chase Freedom card for the rewards and once it posts I'm paying it in full with funds from our August 15 paycheck.

Moving forward...and hoping we can adjust the bill down significantly for next month!

6 Responses to “High Electric Bill”

  1. snafu Says:

    New location different electric provider different charge per kWh. It's critical to know what their rates are at different time points of the day. Can you request the average August bill to see if your usage is average. Have you checked the insulation value of your rental? It can help to cover windows with thermal blankets or thermal fabric during the hottest part of the day. Solar gard is an insulating thermal window film that is easy to install but I don't know the figures for effectiveness in your region.

    If you have a basement use that area during the hottest part of the day or decamp for some AC relief at the mall, library, or facility you like. We make dinner in the early AM so that it merely needse moments in the microwave to heat and eat.

  2. starfishy Says:

    yikes! hope you can figure out how to lower it in the future, if possible.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    That is high. I've had good results just from keeping our east-facing picture window blind closed in the morning. There's always something in a new house, isn't there?

  4. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Good luck! Hoping you can reduce it down too Smile

  5. Kiki Says:

    ouch, hope you figure it out!

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Oh man, I would seriously choke. I thought my bill was high this last month at $55 ...

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