From: Dave on

> Well, I moved in on Mar 21,2007. First bill I got was for only
> deposits. This month's bill is only for my usage from 3/21 to 4/22. I
> checked bills of my previous and surrounding tenants but they have lot
> more appliances,people and usage of those appliances than me so I
> cannot get a estimate. I saw the bills of few people who were using
> twice as much as me and they were using 142KHW. The household I
> checked had two people who were using A.C.,TV,staying in the house
> more than me still their usage was less than half of mine.

Your usage is correct, THEIR usage is way low. -Dave
From: Dave on

>
> Well, my neighbour's water usage is 20 gallons per month and there are
> two people in his home and he cooks a lot more than me. This is what
> made me think something is wrong.
>

I agree, but YOUR water usage is about right. 20 gallons per month wouldn't
be enough to cover light cooking. -Dave

From: Jeff on
Jeff wrote:

>
>>
>> Well, this link http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2001/SambitMishra.shtml
>> told me a typical refrigerator should use 30-40KWH. Granted, I don't
>> know how accurate the link is, what are the specifications of my
>> refrigerator but based on that I formed an estimate.
>
>
> That would be for new energy star refrigerator of modest size

<URL: http://www.ueinet.com/documents/Appliances_-_Energy_Use_Costs1.pdf/>
>
> Jeff
>
>>
>>
>>> FWIW, 297KWH per month is rather low, even for one person. I'm
>>> guessing you
>>> don't have a lot of electronics toys. Those consume electricity just
>>> BEING
>>> PLUGGED IN.
>>
>>
>>
>> Not quite. I checked with a person who works with me. His monthly
>> usage was 142KWH with two people,A.C.,T.V and he stays in his house
>> lot more than me with his spouse. In a week of 168 hours I spend about
>> 40 in my house and most times even less than that. Yes, other than the
>> devices I mentioned I have absolutely nothing plugged in.
>>
>>
>>> Your water usage is about right, for one person. We average 12,000
>>> gallons
>>> every 3 months in a 2-person household. We each take one short shower a
>>> day. 12K gallons per 3 months averages out to about 71 gallons per
>>> day, per
>>> person. But the local water department estimates that we should use
>>> more
>>> than we actually do. So our usage is on the "low" side (per person)
>>> for our
>>> area. 87 gallons per day per person sounds about right.
>>
>>
>>
>> Well, my neighbour's water usage is 20 gallons per month and there are
>> two people in his home and he cooks a lot more than me. This is what
>> made me think something is wrong.
>>
>>
>>> You really don't need to reduce your electricity or water
>>> consumption. Both
>>> are about where they should be, for one person.
>>
>>
>>
>> Well, when I compare my usage with people who are using lot more than
>> me and getting lower bills I am surprised. I am on the extreme low end
>> of income and those people have two incomes coming in so I have to
>> determine where the charges are coming from. And being billed by the
>> City I have fixed certain charges per month as follows
>> Garbage pickup 15.30
>> Drainage 17.64
>> Fireservice 7
>> Stormwater service 7
>> These add upto about 47 which cannot be reduced for any month. All
>> people in my neighbourhood dump their garbage in my bins, i need to
>> walk elsewhere to dump mine, but neither the City nor my landlord want
>> to do anything to fix it. Also, our city has a policy for the first
>> time tenants in a household they will charge maximum amount of
>> Drainage. So, even though I am using 2600gallons per month for water
>> they will charge me for drainage for 8000gallons. So, I am paying
>> thrice for my drainage which the City won't change.
>>
>>
>>
>>> However, if you have extra
>>> room, you don't necessarily need to get the landlord involved, if you
>>> want a
>>> more efficient refrigerator. That is, you could buy one yourself, and
>>> unplug the ancient one that the landlord provided. It would take a few
>>> years to pay for itself, though. -Dave- Hide quoted text -
>>
>>
>>
>> I don't know how long I will be here so don't want to incur additional
>> expense. Besides, I am on very low end of income.
>>
>> Thanks for your reply and time.
>>
>>
>>
From: s on
On May 2, 10:57 am, "Dave" <n...(a)nohow.not> wrote:
> > Well, I moved in on Mar 21,2007. First bill I got was for only
> > deposits. This month's bill is only for my usage from 3/21 to 4/22. I
> > checked bills of my previous and surrounding tenants but they have lot
> > more appliances,people and usage of those appliances than me so I
> > cannot get a estimate. I saw the bills of few people who were using
> > twice as much as me and they were using 142KHW. The household I
> > checked had two people who were using A.C.,TV,staying in the house
> > more than me still their usage was less than half of mine.
>
> Your usage is correct, THEIR usage is way low. -Dave

Well, when I checked with other people at my work they all report
around that number 140KWH. This made me feel something is wrong with
my usage. Besides, if I stay at home less than them and don't have
devices like T.V.,A.C. why should be mine higher than them?

From: s on
On May 2, 11:00 am, "Dave" <n...(a)nohow.not> wrote:
> > Well, my neighbour's water usage is 20 gallons per month and there are
> > two people in his home and he cooks a lot more than me. This is what
> > made me think something is wrong.
>
> I agree, but YOUR water usage is about right. 20 gallons per month wouldn't
> be enough to cover light cooking. -Dave

Apologies, my neighbour's usage was 2000 gallons per month(which I
just described as 20). My confusion is why are my electricity and
water bills lot more than people who use lot more resources than me.

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