I'm not the OP, but thought I'd mention that they now read my new
digital meter from their office. They send a little signal and it sends
a little signal back to them. They even read my meter while on the
phone with me. Oh, I think their new system is set to read every meter
every 30 minutes for current usage so they can better monitor usage and
prepare for it. They had a big problem at first, the whole system was
attempting to read all the meters every 30 seconds! Talk about computer
a bad fridge or heatpump can really drive up the electric bill if it
is always running. Don't worry about the little stuff like clocks
chargers, etc.; they don't use enough to matter. About the only
always-on device that can be a pig is a cable box or computer.
A blocked duct on an electric clothes dryer can also cause it to
use much more power per load. Ditto for a washer that does a lousy
job spin drying.
Good observations about cable boxes and poor spin drying.
Those cable boxes are weird -- I can't imagine what makes those things run
so goddamm hot.
Heat = $$.
Seems to be symbolic of the cable ripoff in general. As soon as I can get
that cable needle out of my arm, I'm kicking the addiction. I'll be doing
a lot of tree climbing, to get a nice high antenna.
I also wonder what shennanigans the power companies might be pulling with
these effing remote-read digital meters.
Seems they can tack on an extra 10,20,30,100 kWhrs with a mouseclick, if
they want to -- free money.
Reminds me that I am not looking forward to my electric bill this
month. I expect the bill anytime but there has been snow on the ground
the whole time and no footprints of anybody going out back of the
house to read the meter.
Last year I noticed that they guestimated my usage two months in a row
and I got bills that were nearly $300 and then a couple of months
later I got a bill that adjusted for their over guestimate that was
for only around $40.
I had one estimated a few years ago and they estimated way too high. I
just went out and read the meter and they re-billed me using my meter
reading. You can't really cheat. If you do they will get the real
reading next time around.
Really? 140 to 237? I consider my household just slightly above
average for 4 adults & we went from 1740 to 2370. and then I
remembered I left the 1000w stock tank heater on in the pond.
You're talking about 90KwH- Two 60w light bulbs left on 24/7 would
almost get you there.
1740, you waste it, my tv or computer is always on, 8 room lit at
dusk, 11 malibu lights and 4 cfl floods and only about 300kwh mo.
everything is cfl but malibu lights. Buy Kill A Watt and figure out
Around here they can estimate a reading one month, estimate it wrong,
read it wrong because they are careless, happens to me all the time.
So you checked the meter reading? A frige going bad, low freon, bad
door seal, defrost timer locked on, and not clean coil is common to
increase load. Use a meter on your frige and main panel so see what
things pull, even a boiler pump or blower motor going bad will pull
more juice, maybe somethings shorting, check everything.
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