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Old July 18th, 2008, 07:52 AM   #1
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Just wondering what your electric bills are. Mine is about $50 a month with the ac set around 75. There is a guy at work who says his bill is around $200 a month with no ac or tv. This past month it jumped to $310 and he doesn't know why. Does anyone know how to go about seeing if the meter is reading wrong?
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Old July 18th, 2008, 07:59 AM   #2
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1300 sq feet house moderate use of AC, try to conserve when possible last month was $85. i am assuming the use this month will be way more because of the heat.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 07:59 AM   #3
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are you comparing apples to apples?

e.g. are you in an apartment, and he in a house?

for what it's worth, my combined gas/electric from consumers, in our 1800 or so sq ft, 12 year old house averages about $275-$300ish/month in the summer, running the AC, couple of computers on 24x7, some night time landscaping lights, quickset pool pump, electric stove/oven, 4 of us living there. ooh, forgot about ceiling fans. 4 running pretty much year round, even with the AC on. 3 fairly large TVs that are seemingly always on, and it's not unusual for 1, if not all 3 of my wife's curling irons to be "warming up" at any given time. yeah. we're not very green...

to the 2nd question at hand, no I don't know what is involved in determining if the meter is running correctly, but if I questioned mine, I'd be calling the utility company.

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Old July 18th, 2008, 08:02 AM   #4
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FWIW Consumers raised their rates last month.... AND the bill was for 38 days IIRC instead of whatever the normal was.

If I run no a/c but everything else I normally do $70-80 in the summer, and 130 or so running the A/c (gas electric combined)

Winter gas/electric combined has never went over $230/month
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First he needs to understand what the bill contains. There are several factors that impact your bill. Usage changes from month to month. Maybe the retail tariff rate increased. The cost of fuel the utility buys is passed directly through to the customer and coal/gas costs have skyrocketed. I also know that Consumers is in the process of implementing SAP, so double check your bills for a while...

The other issue is that maybe he is on a budget plan that you pay a set amount 11 months of the year, then you have a make-up month where your actual useage is reconciled to what you paid. If you used more than your budgeted amount, you pay the larger amount. If you used less than your budgeted amount, you pay less that month. It could have been the month they reconcile his budget.
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My electric bill runs about $150-180 year round. House is a 1200 sq ft. bungalow running the AC at about 72 degrees, Hot tub, exterior garage lights all night, 100 amp service in garage to run all my crap (Compressor, welder etc).
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If he suspects a problem, first couple of places to look are hot water heater and refrigerator. To check things like that, this is a useful tool.

BTW, 1600 sq/ft $56 a month before AC. That is computer running 24/7, TV, big stereo, old fridge, electric hot water heater, washer, dryer and stove/oven, and two large outdoor lights. One and a half occupants.

When I bought a window AC unit, it went up about $10 in the first month.
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look at the back of the bill. it'll have a short history of usage.

last month vs. current month vs. same month last year.

also look over the days in billing cycle. seems the utilities like to change these for some inconvenient reason.

check to see if it's estimated or actual. if it's estimated, it always seems to be HIGH. it'll catch up the next month when it's read. usually a cheap month after an estimated billing cycle.

like a previous post, compare your sq.footage's, etc.

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1400 square foot two story townhome, 2 car garage and unfinished basement. A/C is set at 72, TV is used and computer is turned off when not in use. Fans are used every night, electric bill is about $90 a month.
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