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Old 08-17-2010, 09:43 AM   #16
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ComEd is telling us their is no way it's a faulty meter that "never" happens and we had to "twist" their arm to get them to come out on Sept 24th....holy crap 5 weeks seriously????

Any ideas guys?
Take a hammer and smash the glass on the meter. Call them and tell them some neighborhood kids vandalized it. Watch how fast they come out to replace.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:50 AM   #17
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The important thing to do is not just sit there and wait for the power company to inspect the meter in September or whenver.

You need to check the various circuits, including running nothing but one circuit with nothing but a known quantity of wattage such as two 100 watt incandescent light bulbs and taking meter measurements over two or three hour periods. (Tiny things like a compact fluorescent will not give useful data.)
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:38 AM   #18
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9000KWH per month is 300KWH per day, or an average of 12.5kw per hour per day.
If your A/C is really a heat pump, make sure the heat strips aren't coming on with the A/C.
Yeah, I still think this is likely. It's an easy malfunction to have, and not always obvious to detect without digging into it. If the AC is powerful enough to "beat" the heat strips, the system will still cycle and appear to work normally.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:11 AM   #19
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Just a thought, it might be a grow op. What that is you get someone who rents a house next to you and steals your electricity so they can grow Mariana plants in that home. That would explain the recent spike in your electricity bill. It happens over here all the time.
Mariana?
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Are you on a well? Maybe the pressure switch has malfunctioned and your pump is running all the time.
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We got a bill once for over $3,000.... we had to laugh....(after we changed our underwear)...

They read the meter wrong.

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Mariana?
It's a plant that only grows in the deepest parts of the Atlantic Ocean.
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Is this 'drug humor'?

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Frequent culprits are:

1. electric water heater (bad element)
2. well pump
3. HVAC
4. Stealing

In any case, you should have the POCO verify or replace the meter. The meter is not immune to failure, and although they are reliable, they do fail. From what I understand, most failures cause the disk to turn slower, but several causes can do the opposite.

**For my second apartment, I lived in the lower floor of a house, another family lived in the upper floor. I came from an all electric apartment, and my new bills were much higher than my old apartment was. POCO told me it would be $20-60 charge to check my meter, so I didn't do it (STUPID!).

Two years later I was installing an AC circuit in my panel, and the upstairs family called me to check their panel for a tripped breaker (the panels were in the basement, which I had access to). Turns out most of their receptacles were off of my panel! Whoever separated the floors to rent out the house made a mistake...cost me big time because I was too cheap to go with my gut and begin the search for a reason, starting with the meter. (Not saying the meter was bad, cause it probably wasn't, but I just stopped being concerned with the possibility of a problem...)
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The first thing I would do is what was previously suggested.

If you are competent enough, go buy a clamp on RMS meter and measure the mains and see what your total house draw is.

Then start measuring each circuits until you find the higher than normal one(s).

What is your normal total kwhr usage per month?

An RMS Meter can be purchased from any of the big box suppliers (Lowes/Home Depot) or even Sears.


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It's a plant that only grows in the deepest parts of the Atlantic Ocean.
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