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HautingLu 08-26-2009 09:05 PM

High electric Bill?
I was going to post a similar question maybe someone might be able to help with:

-The previous owner's electric bill was on average $140.
-When I moved in, I didn't use a lot of electricity (just 1 person). My first bill was $50. This included an old 80-gal electric water heater (from 70's?), well water pump, and an old refrigerator that was always running.
-Then after the first bill, I'm in the house for 1 more week with a new refrigerator, and then on vacation for 3 weeks -- pump, refrig, water heater, tv all turned off.
-My second bill is $25 :huh: I was expecting a 75% reduction, not 50%.

Does this sound right? The only thing I can think of it I ran a dehumidifier that one week (sometimes overnight) I was actually there. That might have spiked the bill in a short period of time.

I just need to install the new 40-gal water heater that should shave off some $.


iMisspell 08-26-2009 11:41 PM

Are you(s) comparing the dollar amounts or consumption ?


Scuba_Dave 08-27-2009 08:46 AM

Dehumidifers use up a lot of juice
Same as an AC depending upon the size
I'd bet that's it

HautingLu 08-27-2009 11:44 AM

I was working late last night when I posted, so I guess I kind of answered my own question because I didn't remember running the dehumid. before leaving.

Hopefully replacing the 80-gal beast of a water heater will help knock that bill down.

Sephora 08-27-2009 12:01 PM

All I know is that $25 sounds pretty good to me for an electricity bill! Is it possible the company hiked their rates in that month?

HomeGirl26 08-28-2009 01:51 AM

Doesn't sound too bad to me!

Bud Cline 08-28-2009 08:39 AM

Be happy to trade you bills at any time.:)

4just1don 08-28-2009 09:26 AM

My guess is that is a pretty much minimum bill. If you had everything shut off,it would still be that because they have a minimum charge. That OLD frig will eat more juice than the dehumifier.

I had a NICE 20 year old frig that still worked well,,but heard a modern frig will save alot.bought a new modern one and it took 15-20 bucks a month OFF the bill,,per month

Yoyizit 08-28-2009 11:12 AM
Maybe 1 kw for your dehumidifier

Scuba_Dave 08-28-2009 12:39 PM


Originally Posted by 4just1don (Post 320480)
That OLD frig will eat more juice than the dehumifier


Originally Posted by HautingLu (Post 319836)
-Then after the first bill, I'm in the house for 1 more week with a new refrigerator

He already had a new fridge in
Our old 18 cuft is in the pool cabana
Upgraded to a 26 cu ft that uses ~10% less power

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