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Old 04-01-2013, 09:10 PM   #31
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1910 home huh? Do you know if there is any insulation in the walls? We have a home built between 1910-1920 and all the walls that weren't renovated over the years had NOTHING between the studs behind the lath and plaster. They just didn't really have anything to use in those days.

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Old 04-02-2013, 12:04 PM   #32
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1910 home huh? Do you know if there is any insulation in the walls? We have a home built between 1910-1920 and all the walls that weren't renovated over the years had NOTHING between the studs behind the lath and plaster. They just didn't really have anything to use in those days.
I don't think there's much. The older walls (where they drywalled over the plaster) feel colder than the newer walls that just have drywall. I know when we re-side the house we'd like to do blow in insulation.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:23 PM   #33
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[QUOTE=cibula11;1132346]We are on propane, which runs our furnace and hot water heater./QUOTE]

I can't go along with the poor insulation. You said you heat with propane and are using some space heaters. The aux heaters will use more electric, but I still think you may have a billing / unknown usage problem.

Did you have the high bills prior to the heating season and using electric heat?
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We are on propane, which runs our furnace and hot water heater./QUOTE]

I can't go along with the poor insulation. You said you heat with propane and are using some space heaters. The aux heaters will use more electric, but I still think you may have a billing / unknown usage problem.

Did you have the high bills prior to the heating season and using electric heat?
We just moved to this home in November. Our previous home on the same company, but much smaller was 2.5 times less, avg around $75 per month.

I called the company and they said the 24 month avg. for our current home is $150....I just don't know where it's all going.

As soon as we saw the $200 bill, we stopped using the space heaters and shaved about $30 off our bill.

LIke I mentioned earlier, the ONLY thing that has changed (electric wise) is that we had the old and unsafe 100 amp panel upgraded to a 200 amp, and we had an area light installed (100W metal halide). I don't think installing of these items or even improper installation of these items would cause a spike, but I guess I'm not sure.

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$200 for electric bills…that’s way too much.
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$200 for electric bills…that’s way too much.
It is probably water and sewer also. It is common for our household to get a bill over $200. 1) Due to rate increases, 2) due to using the a/c in the Summer or heat in winter.

I know that some with all electric households in some areas of the U.S., their electric alone is over $200, not with sewer or water included.

Really I would not see this as far-fetched that someone can have a high use bill. It also really depends on how large their home is.

When we visit friends of ours, their teen daughter will have every light on in the downstairs, her tv on playing music from Pandora, upstairs every other light is on, then add in that they have a swimming pool, so you have not only the pump, but the salt-water regenerator, and the a/c running in the house.

Even at their condo, the kids leave all the lights on in their daughter's bedroom, and the tv on all night, after falling asleep.
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Last bill was $170 and we used roughly 1900 kW....or just under 70 per day. Our cost was about $5.75 per day
Definately need to find what is using the electricity. 1900-2100KWh is what I use during summer months with the AC running and thermostat set to 78 (lots of over 100 days in summer) 1200ft house. Unless it is bone chilling cold you should not be using that much electricity during winter.

BTW that 1900KWh costs me A LOT MORE here in SoCal, like $500/month $150-$175/month is my winter bill when I am around 800KWh
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It's an old thread guys, resurrected by henrylarry

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