From the article: Electric Bills in Phoenix
In 2011 my highest electricity usage usage was over $300 in August, but only $122 in May. That's not unusual; we live in the desert. With more than 5 months of high temperatures, some people considering moving here might be concerned about how much it costs to cool a typical home. The problem is, there is no typical home! Our houses are different sizes, different ages, made of different materials, some of us have many people in the home, some of us have pools.... I still think it would be helpful for people to know how much we spend on electricity each month. When you answer, please try to include:
- Square footage of your home or apartment
- Pool, spa or other major equipment using electricity
- Block home or frame home
- All electric or electric/gas
- How many people live in the home
- Are you an SRP or APS customer (or other)
- Which city or town you live in
- If you know your monthly average electric bill, please share that
- Any other pertinent information
- The Rip Off In Az crazy that companies get away with this. I will will replace AC nxt year doubt it will work but at least air will be cooler.
- You should try paying 600-700 monthly, with just 2400 sq ft. Then would know to just stay quiet.
- 270 dollar electric bill as of Aug 2013 just having computer and air conditioner on with lights off. 3 Bedroom house garage 2 baths
- —Guest Ani
- Just moved back to AZ from IL and was shocked at our August bill through APS. Total bill was 450.96, but only $287.02 was the generation of electricity (2477 kWh). The rest of the bill makes up of various fees, such as metering, billing, delivery charges, taxes, etc. We live in an 1800 sqft, single story house, 2 adults, 2 young children going in and out during the day. We have an E/W facing house, so that works against us. We run at least 2 ceiling fans at all times to cool the master bdrm and office. Due to still adjusting to this hot climate, the temp is at 72 at night, and 76 during the day (I work from home and that's as hot as I can stand the temp). August is usually the highest bill of the year; thankfully.
- —Guest Christina
Electric Bill Phoenix
- I live in Queen Creek. Have SRP; pool, spa, two motors, one variable speed; 2450 sq.ft. single story home; 10 - 14 ft ceilings; new energy star home with no trees but south facing back yard. Keep it 77 during the day as I work from home and 80 at night; use multiple fans too. Gas dryer and hot water heater. Moved in March; bills: May 167; June 222; July 287.
- —Guest Jimbo
Aps Bill Downtown Phx
- I just got our July 2013 Energy bill: 1961 kWh ;$350... 2600 sq. ft. two story loft style condo... w/ 18'ft ceiling living room 2 ct. 9'ft bedrooms kitchen and loft.no gas but have 2 A/C units-- place built in 1985 ----last month bill was $262 month before was less also.
- —Guest yoshi 83
No A/C Flagstaff
- I live in a 750 sq. ft. 1 bedroom. Summer is $80 with APS, highest in winter was $130. Heat set at 49-63 degrees. I stay out of my apartment as much as possible and I see zero difference turning things off or unplugging them. APS and my complex will not help me figure this out. They're cute.
- —Guest CP
- We live in about 780 square foot apartment in North Scottsdale near McDowell Mountains. Our lowest was $87 and highest was around $220. We set our thermostat at 80-85 when we leave home and at 75 when we are home.
- —Guest Natasha
Northeast to here
- Home is 2700 sqft pool 5 teenagers and a wife lol. 2 refrigerators all electric plus ever battery power gadget made for teens. Aug 670.highest lowest march 150 on veg elect bill is equal to my oil bill and electric in Erie pa
- —Guest Rob
re: Cheap Electric
- I live in an apt of about 550 sq and I have all of the typical modern conviences such as incandescent light bulbs and an electric icebox and central air-conditioning, an electric water heater, television set, even a computer! From about Oct through April or so my average bill is about thirteen dollars a month. I unplug everything when not in use. It works.
- —Guest Mike in Phoenix
Small apartment - $130 average
- I have a small apartment and always trying to find the way to save. My average APS bill during the summer is $130 and around $70 during the winter (Dec - Apr).
- —Guest Yana
- Brand new 2011 Energy-Star home, 1906 sq ft, 2 story, 9 ft ceiling downstairs, 8 ft ceiling upstairs, dual pane windows, wood shade blinds, ceiling fan + box fans, and all electric appliances. Home 24/7 with baby, thermostat set to 82 degrees 24/7, no pool and the electric bill during the summer is $305 and $140 during the winter. Seems a little high to me. AC constantly runs during the summer....like it can't maintain 82...but again its 110 degrees outside.
- —Guest Matt
APS recap follow-up
- Forgot to add - I have box fans in the house. One runs all day in the principal day use room; another in the bedroom is aimed at me all night. Circulating the air helps make the temperature seem much lower.
Good Timing - Just got 2011 APS recap
- I'm in Phoenix, in 1/2 of a block duplex (it's not a legal duplex, but it does have its own electric service). Square footage is approx 1250 sf; no pool or spa or other major appliance. It does have a washer and dryer and dishwasher; the heat/AC is a heat pump unit on the roof, and the dryer is electric; the water heater and the stove are gas, which the landlady pays out of the rent. I live here alone most of the time, but in the summer, 2 of my grand-kids are here for 6 weeks. As shown in response title, I have APS. I keep my thermostat around 67 in the winter, and 82 in the summer. My total electric bill for 2011 was $1076; the highest in August was $203, and the lowest in April was $37. My bill-averaging monthly payment is $83, which actually would not cover the annual total, but they had it set much higher until recently, and I still have a big surplus balance from before they reduced the payment.
- I average about $10 monthly until it warms up, then its about $30-35 because of the A/C running at night, this is for a 700 sq ft apartment on the 2nd floor! [Note from About.com Guide: Are you in the Phoenix area? Curious as to how that is possible since both SRP and APS have minimum fees for just having an account and then there are taxes and such. You probably have a refrigerator and electric lights.... Does your apartment complex subsidize a portion of your electric bill?]
- —Guest Gene
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