Test: GMAT Verbal

After replacing her old air conditioner with a new, energy-efficient unit, Paula’s electric bills increased.

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Each of the following, if true, contributes to an explanation of the increase mentioned above EXCEPT:

The new air conditioner uses a smaller share of the electricity used by Paula’s home than did the old unit.

Paula installed an electricity-intensive indoor tanning bed after she replaced her air conitioning unit.

Following the installation of her new air conditioner, Paula's neighborhood experienced a prolonged and severe heat wave, requiring heavy use of the new unit.

Soon after the new air conditioner was installed, Paula adopted a child, doubling the size of her household.

Paula's electricity costs increased by 15 cents per kilowatt hour after she replaced her air conditioner.

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