On Tue, 2 Jan 2007 09:12:03 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org (---MIKE---)
Yes, not electric, but the company I worked for had an enormous phone
bill. I think that might have been what caused them to install
not-cheap software to monitor every extension and see which ones were
calling long distance.
It turned out to be the Coke machine. The coke machine was designed
to call the supplier when it was about to run out of syrup or soda or
cups. But it broke and it called constantly, 24 hours a day, day
after day. I guess the supplier was in the next country or far enough
away for it to be a toll call.
They had to install software to track all the extensions to figure this
out? One look at a detailed bill would show all the calls to a single
number and looking up that number would pretty well isolate it.
Did you read the meter when you moved in? and then
read it about every 3 days so you could check it
with the bill?
You may have excessive electric usage and you may
have a previous owner that misread the meter when
Another possibility is that someone is stealing
electricity via a hidden connection.
The answer to the question is that yes you can buy
a device to measure usage of plug in appliances.
Others here will give you a link to watt meters.
Very handy for figuring out how much electricity
various appliances actually use.
You don't need to wait an hour to get your usage. Just turn on the
appliance and count the rotations of the wheel in the city meter.
Call the utility and tell them what meter you have and they will give
you the usage per rotation.
Time to get a new fridge. The new side by side use a fraction of the
power that my old one did.
All my lights are florescent, too.
A new fridge is probably a good idea, but as an interim measure, OP may want
to get the current one serviced or cleaned. Those built-in ones often
collect a whole bunch of gunk (dust, cooking grease, etc) on the coils. Also
need to do the 'dollar bill' test on the gasket- it may be getting tired.
The freon may have leaked down a tad, as well.
Of course, if OP has to pay someone to do that, it may be a significant
fraction of the cost of a replacement. Standard logic about repair costs
versus expected remaining lifespan, compared to replacement costs and
increased energy efficency, apply.
You have received a lot of good advice. I will add that the
dehumidifier can be a heavy user and if you are living in an old swamp, even
a sump pump can use a lot.
Don't forget to compare usage with usage not $$ with $$ rates vary
greatly. Also you may have a bad meter and or the billing period may
include time other than when you owned the home and or some sort of start up
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