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Readers Respond: Monthly Expenses-How Much Does Electricity Cost in the Desert?

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My highest electricity usage usage is typically over $300 in August, but less than $125 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
Monthly Electric Bill?

Diminishing Efficiency of A/C unit(s)

Regarding "For no obvious reason, our electric usage in kilowatt hours has increased significantly over similar time periods in previous years." I believe that central a/c units become less efficient as they age thereby requiring them to run longer to provide the same cooling efficiency. I know this to be true for central gas forced air heating. When a new unit is installed it is at its peak efficiency/lowest electricity cost and gradually deteriorates as it ages. Maybe if any readers are HVAC Engineers they could weigh in.
—Guest TomT

avoid AC as much as possible

paid around $225 in August 213. We do not use overhead AC but jump in the pool (18 ft Intex baby pool 8 ft in diameter) and walk around the house in swimsuits, stay well all summer. $135 for June AC
—Guest pooldweller

Costs Are Variable

In Tucson, we spend less than our neighbors and friends in the area because we choose to manage our electric use primarily on cooling. We don't hold back on cooking, washing or computer equipment, just use fans instead of the A/C 90% of the time. Our last bill from mid May to mid June was $95. Previous 3 months were $78-$88. Granted we live in a 2005 nicely built 1700 sq ft single story 3 bdrm home. We use ceiling fans and keep the thermostat between 81-83 allowing temperatures between 81-85. And we come from the Midwest. We also turn off lights when leaving rooms. Our computer equipment uses SSD hard drives. We embrace the heat and enjoy it.
—TuacaTom

too much

I am spoiled with low electricity in Northern California for 9 months out of the Paying 300.00 a month in Scottsdale seems like flushing money, Wish there was not a summer in Scottsdale. Such a negative, but love the desert. When the economy is bad you do want to rethink your decisions to move to Scottsdale.
—Guest glen

electricity costs

I am stay at home mother I have 1910sq foot house single story APS in summer my first bill was 550 so I tried like crazy to save by turning off air con during peak 12 to 7 got my bill to 480 I do not wash clothes or use dishwasher ever during those times I have high energy appliances and double pane windows my house faces north south and both houses on either side are approx only a meter and half away so they block a lot off sun I have energy saving curtains plus wood blinds. My air con is 11 years old . I change my filters every two weeks. So even with all these energy tips they give you it seems to make no difference to my bill its still outrageous.
—mel

1800 sq ft house VS 2500sq ft house

I used to live in Chanlder in a 1800sq ft house, 2 story (b.. the bills are around $50-$90 for November-April.. for May- October it's around $100-$240 (july and august are the highest). We moved into our new home June 2013. I did some home improvments before we moved in like attic insullation (10 bags of CattiCat) to the attic and also do weather stripping around the house + switch and outlets. Our gilbert house is a 2500sq ft. also 2 story.. the bill for July was $130.. August $149.. septer $100.. october - december dropped down to around $45-$50.. i'm expecting the same for january and february (or maybe lower). in both houses we have SRP and on Time of Use (avoid 3pm-6pm) **Please note.. i set my adjustable thermostat at specific temperatures through out the day.. 78 during the day and at night 75.. during the winter.. it's also at 65. I have a high tolerance for cold so i'm still wearing short and t-shirt at 65.. Just some basic weatherization can help lowering your bills
—Guest Bruce

Cheap Electric not Possible

In Phoenix, the service fees just for having electricity comprise more than $13 a month, even if you don't use any electricity at all. it isn't possible to have a total bill of that amount. Check the APS and SRP websites to see that fact.
—Guest FreedomElf

Srp apartment in ahwatukee

Just moved in on December 28th and on the 29th of using nothing got a bill for 30$ Today (dec 29th) had ac off and everything. Still trying to figure this out.
—Guest David

Electrical

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.
—Ronaldcanady7933

Candy1

You should try paying 600-700 monthly, with just 2400 sq ft. Then would know to just stay quiet.
—Ronaldcanady7933

Electric Bill

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

APS

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

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