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Old 09-17-2009, 07:07 PM   #1
 
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Electric bill broke the bank


I usually have pretty low electric bills, except for the summer of course. However, this year, my bill sky rocketed about 30% higher. I suspect a rougue appliance, probablly my refridgerator. It seems to be running to much, but I can't be sure. I keep the coils clean. How can I test the fridge and other appliances? Electric company wds.
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Kill A watt meter can be used to test power use over a day or two

Do you have a well/pump?
Are you comparing actual Kw hours used, or just the cost $$







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Both! Kh was 2365, and bill was about $560. My bills used to average about $300 to $350 during summer months, about $90 during non-summer months. It's breaking my bank. Can that device be used for big appliances?
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Device only works on 15a, another one works on 20a devices
Not sure of one for 240v

So 2365 kwh now, what was the last one?
Check ALL the rates, my bill breaks out every charge
Charge for delivery
Charge for electricity
There are like 5 charges all together
And the POCO recently asked for rates increased (20% or more)

A well pump if leaking/problem will run a LOT more



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A water heater will run up a huge energy charge if you have leaky faucets or pipes in the hot water side of your plumbing.

Is yours electric?
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Nope. That's what drives me crazy about California. All of our major appliances are on gas (dryer, oven, water heater) and our bills are still higher than most of the country. And no I do not have a well.
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I recieved and outsized bill - about $200 over norm. Found I had a pool pump timer that was messed up and running excessively. Replaced the timer and the bills are back to normal...
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Device only works on 15a, another one works on 20a devices
Not sure of one for 240v

So 2365 kwh now, what was the last one?
Check ALL the rates, my bill breaks out every charge
Charge for delivery
Charge for electricity
There are like 5 charges all together
And the POCO recently asked for rates increased (20% or more)

A well pump if leaking/problem will run a LOT more
What about the miscellaneous taxes and fuel charges that the utility rate specialists slip in one way or another. What I do is I divide the NET charge by usage. Also, there's a possibility that the meter reader (person) misread one of the Five dials, slipping you in an additional One Thousand KWH. A good thing to do is call the PoCo. They have a program that keeps track of your usage pattern. If it's unusually high or unusually low they will know about it. Happened to me one time. My electric bill was One Hundred dollars higher than usual. Called the Electric company. they told me the bill was incorrect. They canceled the bill and sent a new, corrected version. (No matter what)Don't Drink and Drive, Ever!!!
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Does your utility company have any kind of audit that they will do (for free, we hope!) that would shed some light? Believe it or not, some are pretty good at helping you trim your bill.
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Yeah - I had gas use "estimated" at my last house
They estimated 1 months at what I used for 6 months
I refused to pay, took them 3 months to straighten out



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Is there something that can go wrong with a central air system that can cause an electric bill to jump like that? Maybe it's working harder than it should be for some reason?

We get bills that are unusually high a couple times a year. Just like Spark Plug said, we call the power company and they figure it out almost right away and send us a new bill.
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Check out this for monitoring power:
http://www.theenergydetective.com/st...s/ted1000.html
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Use your wattmeter as an ammeter and isolate the source.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electricity_meter
Amps = watts/240v.

Also, your PoCo might just be checking if you are vigilant. You wouldn't believe the [email protected] the GaCo tried to pull on me.

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