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December Electric Bill

January 14th, 2018 at 01:18 pm

I'm annoyed. December electric bill was once again off the charts during our time living in this rental home. Electric heat pumps are not efficient with single digit temperatures. And we have two units in our home that are sized too small for the square footage. Builder grade units that have been limping along. I'm not even going to share the amount. I can't wait to move out of this place. It's a nice home, but the air and electric are sub par.

Bill is due in early February. Will put some of our savings from our Uber Frugal January towards the bill. I look forward to March where I hope to see it drop significantly.

6 Responses to “December Electric Bill”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I had that problem with a heat pump when I lived in NC. Don't know why they're so popular there!

  2. Bluebird Says:

    When does your lease end? I hope you don't have to go through another winter there.

  3. DW Says:

    My HVAC guy said heat pumps are useless when the temps go under 40 especially if the auxiliary heat source is electric. My bill was almost $400 and the temp in the house never made it over 65. A heat pump has to have gas auxiliary heat.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    DW, at least I'm not alone in a high bill. We did turn on the auxiliary electric heat so it would keep up with our setting.

  5. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    How much longer where you are before you move? You aren't going to move out of this rental before you move again are you? I feel like the timing is close since we moved around the same time and it's been 2.5 years. So either 6 more months 18 or 30 months? Those are all short time frames it feels like not worth the hasseling moving into another rental?

  6. DW Says:

    Electric Auxiliary is the problem. When you google “heat pump” , the comments warn against it.
    But you think , it’s cold I want to feel warm, the HVAC guy says Aux-elec can’t keep up when it’s under 40. All you can do is hope for warmer weather and use energy efficient space heaters. In my case, I changed the auxiliary to gas and it’s has been wonderful. It was a little expensive but I no longer fear below average temps.

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