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Posted by Vaughn Simon on October 2, 2007, 11:08 pm

   Very simple!  We just don't run our Central AC 24/7.  In fact, we normally
don't even turn it on until early afternoon and then turn it off about an hour
before we go to bed.  The dampers are turned off in all rooms that we are not
occupying. If we are not home, the central AC is off.  At night, all we need is
a window unit in our bedroom.  I don't have an electric bill handy, but  they
run well under $00.00 in the summer and well under $00.00 the rest of the

     Our house is comfortable within ten minutes of turning on the 'air, and the
unit is cycling within 15 to 20 minutes, so there is little advantage to leaving
it running when we are not there to enjoy it.   As a side benefit, our central
AC unit seems to be lasting us forever.  It is well over 15 years old now, and
in perfect shape.

     I realize that all of these ideas won't work for everyone, but we are
"empty nesters" and our life is simple.

     A related thought:  If you want your central AC to last you a long time,
have it serviced regularly, but only by someone who is not trying to sell you a
new unit.  I have a friend in the business who moonlights occasionally.  I have
him do my routine maintenance and then I always pay him double what he asks.
That way, I get a loving and complete job and honest information & advice.


Posted by me on October 2, 2007, 10:30 pm

No but it is interesting!

Maybe someone will chime in

Posted by hubops on October 3, 2007, 1:24 am
 On Tue, 2 Oct 2007 22:49:48 +0200, "jan siepelstad"

We're the planet's biggest wastrels - period.
I'm in southern Canada and my home uses about double your electricity
even without central air cond.  (about 17-20 kWhr per day)
plus an awful lot more energy in the form of propane - for heating,
hot water, and clothes dryer  ...  
  I'd say we were about average or slightly better - in our household
conservation measures  ...  we use the clothes line; slowly converting
to CF and LED Christmas lights;  etc
yet we are still wastrels when compared to Europe.
  .... apologies to the planet ..  our poor old planet.
  .. last gasp is coming all too soon, methinks.
John T

Posted by Jim on October 3, 2007, 4:02 pm
    See what you just wrote above. My electric furnace draws about 75A @
220V. But then, it frequently gets below 0*F in the winter; summers are

Posted by Trygve Lillefosse on October 3, 2007, 5:35 pm
 On Tue, 2 Oct 2007 22:49:48 +0200, "jan siepelstad"

Is that including heating?
What is the average size of houses?

Guess your climate is pretty ideal, as you have long summers that dont
get too hot, and mild winters.

SEE YA !!!
Trygve Lillefosse
AKA - Malawi, The Fisher King

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