Don't know about "few", maybe still "some". Out here it is manually
read by a paid part-time person (virtually always a member
"moonlighting"). We had to ditch the mail-in cards when the numbers of
installed meters at locations where there was no sentient discernible
sentient lifeform that could actually perform the task became too
Eventually will probably go to the self-reading, but that's still in the
After looking at this thread and then re-reading your initial post, this caught
eye. Presumably your dirty clothes backed up during the outage. How many loads
wash did you do when the power was restored?
If your dryer is typical it draws about 7kW. That means that it would use 7kWh
every hour of operation. Assume a load takes an hour. Mine does.
You had power for (31-6.5) = 24.5 days. If your usage was average then you used
653/31 = 21.06kWh/day. For the month that would be 24.5*21.06 = 516kWh. The
difference from your average would be 653-516 = 136.9kWh.
136.9/7kWh per load ~= 20. So if you did 20 extra loads of clothes after the
came back on, just the dryer usage (ignoring all other additional loads such as
whatever the washing machine and well pump used to support the extra clothes
would account for the difference.
Since you and your neighbors were in similar situations, it wouldn't be unusual
them to have done extra laundry too.
You probably also had dirty dishes piling up (additional well pump and maybe
dishwasher usage) and probably didn't vacuum during the outage. I bet that if
sit down and carefully recount your activities after the power came on, you could
account for most, if not all the apparent discrepancy.
I'm still betting on an estimation catch-up reading but even if they really don't
estimate, it's not very hard to account for the difference with just a few
assumptions and undoubtedly the extra degree-days involved. After all, you DID
s storm severe enough to cause an extended power outage.
John De Armond
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Yes, you're right it's the same total number of loads of laundry. But, it's
those same total number of loads spread out over just 25 days, not 31 days.
So the number per day is a bit higher and the electric usage per day is a
bit higher. And the total electric for the month is about the same even
though the power was off for 5 days.
Bottom line is, even with the electric out for 5 days, a month's worth of
laundry was still done.
Of course if their clothes dryer is NG or propane......
I recall a Firesign Theatre album (I Think We're All Bozos on This
Bus) which mentioned a government agency -- The Lost Electricity
Reclamation Bureau (a division of the Department of Redundancy
Department). You should file a claim with them.
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