We moved from an apartment (approx 1000 sq ft) in NH to one in MA (approx 1200 sq ft) to be closer to work (Boston). Our old apartment electric bill used to hover between $70 and $110 monthly. Our provider is the same in NH and MA (Eversource). The new place is new-ish, the building having been constructed in 2006.
Important factors that I can think of:
The old apartment had individual room air conditioners while the new place has central air. We keep the temp at 72 degrees all the time.
The old apartment had a common laundry room for the whole building while the new one has a W/D within the unit but we don't do laundry more than once a week anyway
- The new place has a lot more lighting, but we're pretty good about keeping lights off when we don't use them
- Most (if not all) electric appliances in the new place are newer. Flooring is hardwood throughout
Now, my questions:
- Is it advisable to keep the central air off or at a higher temperature when we're at work for the day?
- Is such a high delivery charge normal for the Boston area?
- Are there any other tips to help bring this insane cost down?
EDIT: Adding more details based on comments...
- Most (if not all) lights in the new place are fluorescent/LED
- The older apartment was on the first floor, corner unit. The current one is on the second floor, corner unit
- Air conditioning at the older place was used on an as-needed basis, so during the day the ACs would be off while we were at work and when we were home we would turn them on. But usually since both of us were always in the same room most of the time while we were home, only one AC was on at any given moment. Also, the ACs were ancient and had no temperature settings, only dials on a 1-10 scale for cooling. We always set them to 6-7.
- I'm not able to access our prior bills to view the billing rates. I had signed up for e-billing and whenever I click on the 'view bill details' link in the email, it takes me to my new apartment's billing. Eversource has different sub-websites for different states and it looks like my account is now MA only, and the NH part has been deactivated.