*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.
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.
Hmm, so coming into the colder months... makes it sound like some kind of
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
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