New HVAC system, higher SEER--higher bills?


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As others have pointed out earlier in this thread, that "energy efficient neighbors" number is purely statistics. From

I would point out that SMECO likely does not have very accurate information on your house size and characteristics. Shucks, all too often not even realtors can give two or three good comparables for your house; how could SMECO get it right in bulk?

I say ignore this number; it's purely marketing designed to get you to make your house more energy-efficient so they can meet their government mandates.

THey also don't know what type of HVAC and water heater you have, so its probably just total usage they go by.