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Stormin Mormon wrote:

*If* you have electric restive heat (not a heat pump), refrigerators, ovens, lights and almost anything electric inside the house brakes even. The energy they use is turned into heat and it helps heat the house. Two big exceptions are a water heater, where most of the heat goes down the drain, and a clothes dryer which blows the hot air outside.
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On 12/12/2009 12:17, Pete C. wrote:

Or it could be something you don't even suspect. Some friends bought a house and after some time the electric bill mysteriously started climbing. The first snowfall showed why. The snow on the sidewalk melted. Prior to their occupancy someone had installed power out to the garage in a nonsensical non-standard fashion as is often advocated here. The cable was a few inches deep and a rock rubbed through the wire. Soil there is damp because a stream is not far away. Current was flowing 24x7 keeping the sidewalk nice and warm.
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On Sat, 12 Dec 2009 05:29:16 -0800, MikeL wrote:

Hmm, so coming into the colder months... makes it sound like some kind of heating-related problem.
Any stuff (particularly heaters!) under load control? If so, maybe the switchgear's jammed permanently on, or something's messed up such that they're not getting a cheaper rate for the load-controlled devices (been there, done that when we first moved into our place - took a couple of bills to figure out what was going on and get the power company in to fix it)
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Jules
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