I should have taken my own advice

On Lamar Outdoor’s Live Twitter billboard, about 11 pm Wednesday:

Warning: Do not look directly at the electric bill.

Normally it’s no big deal if they read the meter on the 33rd day, but 23 of those 33 days, we had high temperatures of 100 or over. So the A/C has been busy.

Or I can think of it as “five bucks a day to stay out of the heat,” and it doesn’t feel quite so bad. (And then, of course, I wrote the check.)


  1. Jeffro »

    15 July 2011 · 9:21 pm

    I knew it! You really are famous!

  2. CGHill »

    15 July 2011 · 9:27 pm

    Yeah, for about a two-block radius.

    This is actually the second time I’ve made Lamar’s billboard. (Here’s the first.)

  3. Tatyana »

    16 July 2011 · 7:10 am

    do you give autographs?
    [stay cool. whatever it takes]

  4. KingShamus »

    16 July 2011 · 7:27 am

    Sound advice, CG.

  5. fillyjonk »

    16 July 2011 · 8:54 am

    “five bucks a day to stay out of the heat” is a wonderful way of looking at it. Considering what people will pay to go to Disneyland or for a latte or something. (I’m not quite averaging $5/day, but then, I think my house must be smaller).

  6. ms7168 »

    16 July 2011 · 9:18 am

    I got with only one exception biggest.electric.bill.ever! And this isn’t usually the biggest one! Usually the next one and / or one after it are larger. So I suppose we shall see. Especially if this heat wave continues.

  7. CGHill »

    16 July 2011 · 9:31 am

    In actuality, the bill was closer to $6 a day, but there are some things in the house besides the A/C that consume electricity.

    If I remember correctly, FJ, your house is a tad larger than mine.

  8. Tatyana »

    16 July 2011 · 9:42 am

    CG, are you hinting at being hotter than most?

  9. CGHill »

    16 July 2011 · 9:55 am

    Not I. I’m up against the laws of physics here: A/C can cool air by about 25 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, which is no big deal when it’s 90 outside, but when it’s 110, as it was last Saturday, the best you’re going to be able to get indoors is around 80. So we’re all sweating a bit. I am generally content with 76, though to keep my bedroom (which is at the far end of the ductwork and which presents some additional logistical issues) at 76, I have to bring the rest of the house down to 74 or so.

  10. fillyjonk »

    16 July 2011 · 10:23 am

    1360 square feet, but yeah, I keep a couple rooms semi-closed-off in the summer. And I have a big pecan tree that shades the place.

  11. fillyjonk »

    16 July 2011 · 10:24 am

    Also, I’m half considering investing in a window-unit for my bedroom, putting it in, cranking it up, turning the temperature in the rest of the house higher, and just hiding out in my bedroom. There’s no tv in there but I do have books and a radio.

    No idea what a window unit goes for these days, though.

  12. CGHill »

    16 July 2011 · 10:31 am

    Low three digits, generally. Lowe’s has a 6500 BTU unit (enough for a room no larger than 250 square feet, say the pundits) for $160.

    If you don’t want to mess up the house, there are actual portable units (70 lb or so) which can be wheeled into place as needed. These start around $300 or so.

  13. fillyjonk »

    16 July 2011 · 11:57 am

    Portable air conditioner? I wonder how Physical Plant would react to me hauling one of those units into my office. (They made a huge fuss over portable heaters until my secretary pointed out that their money-saving strategies resulted in her having an office that was 58 F sometimes in the winter.)

  14. Steve Lackmeyer »

    16 July 2011 · 12:21 pm

    Quit being modest. You knew this was going to hit a billboard when you wrote it.

  15. Mel »

    16 July 2011 · 12:22 pm

    $5.81 a day here, which has me dancing a jig!

    The electric heat in the winter takes way more KwH, although winter rates are in effect then.

    I’ve actually been reading my own meter and doing the calc’s just to make sure we wouldn’t be blind sided.

  16. Nicole »

    16 July 2011 · 7:02 pm

    Our electric bill is sky high in summer. Generally significantly over $6 a day. I think we have a poorly insulated house and I know we need new windows. We’ve had it set to 75/76 and it has been 80 for most of the evenings when we’ve been over 90 during the days. It runs constantly. I even have rooms closed off, too. We do the set price per month based on averages for previous years. This year may induce them to up our monthly set price, though.

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