Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
You're fucking crazy.
People don't understand, electric rates will always be high in the summer whether you blast A/C or not because everybody else is using A/C, which increases the demand for energy. Higher energy demand in aggregate higher prices. The A/C is only a marginal addition.
Electric rates don't usually vary all that much in most places. The impact of increased rates will be much smaller than the impact of the AC.
Still though, AC isn't really that expensive...at least in a small spaces like apartments which are where I would think most people concerned with the AC costs live (if you are too poor to pay for AC and live in a 3000 square foot house with vaulted ceilings and an industrial AC unit...that's your own damn problem).
If I were to run my AC at full blast, 24/7 for the whole month, it would cost $34 at current rates. Granted, Chicago energy prices are pretty low, but summer temps can be quite high. That is unrealistic though, as the AC cycles itself off when it reaches a target temperature (and I raise that temp or turn it off when I am not home or on cool nights/days)...so the real monthly cost of keeping the apartment somewhere in the mid 70s is probably about half of that.
And that is using window units to cool the place...aren't big central units more efficient (and allow for the use of more efficient programmable thermostats).
Still though, I'd prefer fresh outside air and no AC noise to cold and dry AC air...but if it is 80 in my apartment or it has gotten super humid...that shit is definitely turning on.