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Henryjr 08-26-2009 12:16 PM

Unusually high electrical bill
I'm looking for help diagnosing unusually high electrical usage in my home. There is no obvious reason for the increased bill. Thanks. :(

Scuba_Dave 08-26-2009 12:24 PM

Do you have a well or other type of pump?

Leah Frances 08-26-2009 12:29 PM

No joke. Are there any unexplained wires running from your meter, house, garage? Electric theft does happen.

Henryjr 08-26-2009 12:36 PM

Yes both. Inground pool.

Henryjr 08-26-2009 12:37 PM

Thanks Leah, but there are no unusual wires ... Think it's an "inside" job!

Scuba_Dave 08-26-2009 12:42 PM

Can you tell if the well pump is running a lot?
Some have posted about leaks & well pump running almost non-stop to keep up pressure
Pool pump if failing or obstructed water line could be causing back presure & making the pump work harder

LeviDIY 08-26-2009 01:15 PM

PEPCO in Maryland and DC area bills unexpectedly spiked this past winter... when asked they said "must be your usage" but recent news articles are out that meters are malfunctioning... I smell bill credit soon.. check out news on your power company.

Henryjr 08-26-2009 01:29 PM

Thanks for your help. Will look into pumps.

vsheetz 08-26-2009 01:56 PM

Three months ago I had a unually high bill - nearly double the norm - Ouch!

Found the timer for the pump/filter on my inground pool had gone bad and causing it to run way too many hours in a day. A trip to a big box store for a replacement timer and all was good again.

Yoyizit 08-26-2009 04:52 PM


Originally Posted by Henryjr (Post 319597)
I'm looking for help diagnosing unusually high electrical usage in my home. There is no obvious reason for the increased bill. Thanks. :(

You can also use your wattmeter as an ammeter, if you're interested in isolating the problem to a specific appliance.

If you post a few samples of normal bills and of high bills, the chance of this happening "by chance" can be figured by using
somewhere I have a disk with a BASIC program on it that does this.

jerryh3 08-26-2009 05:04 PM

Teenage son?

RStephen 10-18-2010 11:45 PM


Yes, it happens. I hope you are not in a "Cooperative" and you are where they regulate.

You can get a Kill o Watt EZ and test the appliances yourself to make sure there is nothing on your end. Document everything.

If you have a new digital meter, several "experts" have documented faulty installation causing high bills.

hyunelan2 10-19-2010 07:17 AM

Have your bills been "actual" reads or just "estimates?" Here, ComEd does no read the meter every month. They only read the meter like once every 3 months and issue "estimated" reads in-between. I have had the occasion where they underestimate the reads, then the actual read is high and I have a high bill to catch up.

fabrk8r 10-19-2010 08:05 AM

Do you happen to have a heat pump?

I had one case where the A-coil had a leak and the homeowner didn't realize it until they got a really high electric bill because the home was being heated by emergency heat for a month.

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