Last night it got down to 68. I have ductless a/c which means each room has it's own temperature control. For me, I only turn on the air in the room I am in. Maui had an absurdly HOT summer, breaking 14 heat records. It was still pretty warm when I returned but now I can feel it changing ... to winter!
I decided to let in the fresh air in the great room and one bedroom (I slept with the a/c on in my room). It was so cool when I got up at 7:00 am, I had to put on my robe! I closed up all the windows and sliding doors and may not even need to turn on the a/c in the great room until this afternoon! This is the season everyone loves Maui.
Despite getting solar panels last year, the electric bill this summer was NOT $20 as predicted ... over $100 and sometimes $150! At first we thought the panels might not all be working. The company did a remote check and everything is working fine. Then we called the electric company ... oh yeh, we really did use that many kWh. Once you use past a certain miniscule amount, the rates go way UP.
Personally, I think Maui Electric is just mad that so many homes now have solar. They will just keep raising their rates until I am back to paying $300/month like we were prior to photovoltaic (new fancy word for solar!). But I can outfox them. I love line dried clothing so I'm hanging my clothes in the garage to dry and saving that electricity. I have a small toaster/oven in the garage which is perfect for one. Love my microwave.
But I cannot sleep in a warm room. Even with the ceiling fan. My bedroom will always have the a/c on. At least for those delightful 8-10 hours of bedtime!