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Old 03-13-2013, 12:02 PM   #16
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Habits is the possible reason. Only way to get an idea of day to day use, is to hook up a Ted 5000 to your incoming lines on your main panel, and that will allow you to see what is going on. When we do laundry, run the dishwasher, have the home theater on, three tv's, we can see 44 to 55kwh on those days, rest of the time, about maybe 12kwh max.

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$170-200 seems high, but dividing that by 3 or 4 seems low. How many kWh/month do you use? I seem to use about 500-700 kWh/month in the winter. Everything is natural gas, but in the winter I don't worry about leaving the lights on, since the lights are all heat anyways.
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$170-200 seems high, but dividing that by 3 or 4 seems low. How many kWh/month do you use? I seem to use about 500-700 kWh/month in the winter. Everything is natural gas, but in the winter I don't worry about leaving the lights on, since the lights are all heat anyways.
Switch over to hydrocarbon refrigerant in your A/C for the summer then watch the savings.
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Switch over to hydrocarbon refrigerant in your A/C
Is that legal?

http://www.epa.gov/ozone/snap/refrigerants/hc-12a.html
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I see potential problems with that. If I understand AC units correctly, they are designed for a specific refrigerant. Putting something other than what it is designed for could damage the equipment.

Without more specific information from the OP as to why type of system the OP has, the suggestion to put in a "hydrocarbon refrigerant" is pretty reckless and borders on being a backyard hack.
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Can you check one of your recent bills and tell us how many kilowatt hours you used and how much you pay per kwh?
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Can you check one of your recent bills and tell us how many kilowatt hours you used and how much you pay per kwh?
Last bill was $170 and we used roughly 1900 kW....or just under 70 per day. Our cost was about $5.75 per day

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So you are using 3 times as much enery as I am. Could be something like a pump that is always running, or a heater element that never turns off.
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So you are using 3 times as much enery as I am. Could be something like a pump that is always running, or a heater element that never turns off.
Yep, three time as much as we used in our previous home too. We ran a space heater during a cold snap and figured that raised it by $30. I'm anxious to see with our warmer weather how much it lowers it because our furnace blower would run quite a bit during the winter.

Our sump pump runs quite a bit too, so that probably doesn't help out too much either. WE also have sewage ejector that runs once every couple of days, when we use the basement bathroom.

Any ideas what sort of heating element would be running continuously without me knowing?

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Where houses are heated by heat pumps, they normally have an electric heating element in it as a back up, for when it gets very cold outside. It has happened that the controls failed, and the heating element was on 100% of the time. Does not seem that this would be your situation, but what I am getting at is to look for something that should be running intermittantly, but is faulty and running continuously.
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Where houses are heated by heat pumps, they normally have an electric heating element in it as a back up, for when it gets very cold outside. It has happened that the controls failed, and the heating element was on 100% of the time. Does not seem that this would be your situation, but what I am getting at is to look for something that should be running intermittantly, but is faulty and running continuously.
Yeah, thanks.

Not sure what would be running continuously, other than a furnace....I would also assume we'd hear something running continuously. I'll keep checking.
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Are you on a well?
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Are you on a well?

Yes and no. Our home is supplied by rural water and we have a horse barn that is supplied by a well. Nothing we use for ourselves in on well....just for livestock (which we don't have right now). I actually turned the all the shut-off valves to OFF so we wouldn't have any freezing.

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