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AC units and electric bills

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Rusty Shackleford, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    So I moved into an apartment recently. The electric bill for the final 12 days of June came to $45. Extrapolated over an entire month, that's about $115. Considering the house I sold recently never went above about $80, and was twice the size, how is that possible?

    It must be the AC, because that's the only thing running during the day when I work, and I set the thermostat to 85.

    I just wanted to rant. I'm pissed and don't understand how a small apartment could cost so much.
  2. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    I pay $125/month and I don't have AC.
  3. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    How old is the refrigerator?
  4. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    Does the fridge make that much difference? It's old as hell, but I didn't think it made that big a difference since it's only keeping a few square feet of space cold.
  5. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    A refrigerator - especially an old one - eats massive amounts of electricity. And you're also expecting it to keep things cold in a really hot (85) apartment. It's probably running constantly.

    Short term, try turning it down. Medium term, be sure to clean the coils. Long term, ask your landlord if you can have a better, newer one.
  6. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Yup, probably the fridge.
  7. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    The last time I had to deal with moving into a unit and seeing a partial-month bill, I got hosed badly. Still never got an explanation for a bill that --- when extrapolated --- would be twice as high as any I had ever been sent. I even tried to calculate the "per/kwhr usage" to see what the problem was.

    But in all subsequent months the bill was normal.
  8. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Aren't there startup fees or new account/transfer fees that could account for the higher, partial month bill?
  9. Brooklyn Bridge

    Brooklyn Bridge Active Member

    Might also want to replace the rubber lining around the door. Simple check. Put a dollar bill halfway in and halfway out and close the door. If you can pull it out, air is leaking out.
  10. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    I've done a bit more research, and I plan to go home and do some things to the fridge, like cleaning the coils, to hopefully help it. It's old, though, and I read somewhere that a new, modern, energy efficient fridge costs about $4 a month, but old ones can cost up to $15/month.

    It's got to be either the fridge or the AC. Those and an alarm clock are the only things running during the day.
  11. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Water heater. Electric or gas?
  12. We went from an 800 sq. foot apartment with just a/c, dishwasher fridge, etc to an apartment that is 1140 sq feet with a washer and dryer. Our bill is actually a bit cheaper now in the summer than the old place.
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