Cooling costs

Cooling costs

So I live in a two-bedroom apartment (second floor) with my fiance. We are going on a year living at this apartment in July/August. I don't recall what we did last year, and we haven't been able to track this... We have been keeping our central a/c on for the last week for most of the time (it's just been getting to be too humid). My fiance has me turn off the a/c while we're working our 8 hour day jobs (since I'm the last one here). We then turn it on when we get home in the afternoon. I have noticed that it takes quite a while to cool the apartment back down. I mentioned this to him, and he noticed it runs constantly for a good half-hour to an hour depending on the weather. I've been keeping track of this, and it just depends on the weather. I told him that maybe it's better to turn the a/c up to maybe 80 when we're gone so it doesn't take so long to get to 77/78. We are trying to keep it at that temp (our landlord is putting in new windows soon so they should make a difference). From your own experience, what's better on the pocketbook? Turning it off when we leave then turning it back on when we return OR keeping it on constantly and maybe using a timer or keeping it around 80 or so? I looked on the AEP Ohio website, but it didn't answer this specific cooling query. We really try to use fans as often as possible and not have the a/c on. There are no ceiling fans here as well. Oh and is there much of a difference in cost if any of you have tracked this (keeping a/c on constantly with a timer vs. turning it off before work and back on after work)? Thanks for your help!
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