Will the A/C Make the Electric Bill Unbearable?

Will the A/C Make the Electric Bill Unbearable?

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Kill-A-Watt EZ Electricity Usage MonitorSummer is upon us. It came in like a flash.

It was just Thursday evening when I turned on the heat to take the chill out of the air.

By Saturday afternoon though, we were in the mid-90’s and we’ve been there since. It’s humid too. Uncomfortable. Not unbearable, yet, but uncomfortable, for sure.

So before we went to bed on Saturday, I ventured up into the attic to bring down one of the air conditioners. It’s just one of those small window units — I think it may have cost $75 from Walmart a few years ago. Nothing fancy.

We set it in one of the windows in our bedroom and I plugged it into the Kill-A-Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor that I got for Christmas. (Thanks Mom!)

I haven’t used the gadget as much as I’d wanted or expected, but the air conditioner is one of the appliances I specifically bought it for.

Air conditioners have traditionally been considered major resource hogs. Likely with reason too…
I remember when I was young, the lights would dim when the big one would turn on. Obviously an energy hog — comparable even to my mom’s sewing machine which would practically turn the television off.

But I was curious to see what it was really pulling down and, more importantly, what it was actually costing me to run. Often times, when I really look at things expecting the worst, they turn out to be not so bad.

The air conditioner was no different.

After two nights of having it run for around 12 hours, the meter read that it was costing me 4 cents per hour to run.

Per day (my daily usage, being just 12 hours), the rate was $1.12.

Dividing that out, it’s actually costing me around 5 cents per hour.

That doesn’t sting so bad.

I mean, if it were something that I ran 24/7 all year long, well, yeah, that would get pretty expensive, but when it’s just at night and only when it’s oppressively hot and humid — well, I won’t hesitate turning it on anymore due to concerns about the electric bill…

A good night’s sleep is definitely worth $1.12.