From: Dave on

>
> For what it's worth, from 3/16 to 4/17, I used 329 kwh, for a house w/
> washer and dryer, and for GFA furnace, and a large collection of wall
> warts. I have almost all compact fluorescent bulbs, and a standard
> selection of electronica.
>

That's really low. As far as electricity goes, you've got a really frugal
household. You're using about 50% of the average household, as far as
electricity use goes. We've got lots of gadgets in our household. Lowest
I've seen our electricity drop is just under 500KWH. Even that is below
average. But we "conserve" a bit by only running one fluorescent light
fixture (usually) at night, and all other light fixtures are CF. We also
don't heat anything by electricity, and our fridge is fairly new. Outside
lighting is fluorescent, on photo cell. Each fixture uses about 13W, but
only after dark. -Dave

From: barbie gee on


On Wed, 2 May 2007, s wrote:

> On May 2, 9:22 pm, "Dave" <n...(a)nohow.not> wrote:
>>> 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?
>>> '
>>
>> S - don't take this the wrong way, but either you are a troll, or your
>> neighbors' electric meters are WAY off, apparently only reporting about
>> 10-25% of the electricty that your neighbors are actually using.
>
> Dave,
> Thanks for the reply. But, what made you think I am a troll? The
> people with whom I checked at work live in a different area than mine.
> So, their landlord might have given them better equipment than mine.
> Also, there are many things they might have tweaked which I did not
> like adjusting temperature of water heater, cleaning of fridge filters
> and other things. I need to determine what are those tweaks so I
> posted in this group seeking aid.
>
>> One
>> average sized window A/C unit for example, will use about 160-250KWH per
>> month, all by itself. That's twice the total you claim someone else using
>> A/C is using, for their entire household. Typical household electricity
>> usage is about 700KWH per month, unless they run A/C also, in which case
>> totals over 1000KWH per month are not unusal.
>
> Not quite. Many people with whom I have checked use only 140-200KWH
> per month.
> My understanding is it depends on type of equipment,how well it is
> tweaked and amount of usage.
> Tell me if someone uses electricity as I posted in my first post
> shouldn't it be about 160KWH(assuming we factor 70KWH per month for
> water heater and an energy efficient refrigerator which uses about
> 70KWH/month)? They might have energy equipment unlike mine.
>
> People who get more than 700KWH are those who use the A/C 12-14 hours
> per day in my area. As I mentioned before I am new so am estimating on
> how much others are using, what their charges are. Then I am trying to
> figure why inspite of using lot less than others I am getting far more
> bills.

okay, more comes to mind;

1) this "checking" and "asking"... are you actually seeing peoples
electric bills? for the same time periods? or are these self-reported
numbers from memory or "off the top of the head"?
2) are the meter readings ACTUAL or ESTIMATED? Around here, if a reader
can't get in to see the meter, you get an Estimated reading until the
month they actually read the meter, which is the time corrections get
made. Does the actual reading on your meter come close to the number on
the bill?
2.5) get an electrician/friend to come out and look at your breaker box,
and figure out if you're paying for stuff not yours.
3) The water/discharge/so on stuff. That is all pro-rated by the
municipality? They bill you directly? Make your case to them, not your
landlord.
From: barbie gee on


On Thu, 3 May 2007, Dave wrote:

>
>>
>> For what it's worth, from 3/16 to 4/17, I used 329 kwh, for a house w/
>> washer and dryer, and for GFA furnace, and a large collection of wall
>> warts. I have almost all compact fluorescent bulbs, and a standard
>> selection of electronica.
>>
>
> That's really low. As far as electricity goes, you've got a really frugal
> household. You're using about 50% of the average household, as far as
> electricity use goes. We've got lots of gadgets in our household. Lowest
> I've seen our electricity drop is just under 500KWH. Even that is below
> average. But we "conserve" a bit by only running one fluorescent light
> fixture (usually) at night, and all other light fixtures are CF. We also
> don't heat anything by electricity, and our fridge is fairly new. Outside
> lighting is fluorescent, on photo cell. Each fixture uses about 13W, but
> only after dark. -Dave

I looked at my bill, and realized after the fact that the end meter
reading is actual, while the start reading was an estimate, so I'm not
patting myself on the back anymore. I'd have to gather up the last few
months and find the last real reading to be sure...
but, I really do make an effort, and it's probably easy as there's only me
in the house.
From: s on
On May 2, 10:46 pm, barbie gee <barbie....(a)NOSESPAMgmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 2 May 2007, s wrote:
> > I don't want to impact anyone but I have to pay a fixed 60$ to my city
> > for other things(drainage,garbage,water,stormwater,fireservice) per
> > month. So, the only thing I could economize was electricity. Either
> > some of my equipment(refrigerator,water heater) is using far too much
> > power or something else is wrong.
>
> so, you have gone to each room in your entire apartment and accounted for
> each thing plugged into an outlet, plus each and every light fixture and
> built in electrical appliance? Electric clock radio/alarm clock? TV?
> Bathroom light? Bath exhaust fan? cordless phones? answering machines?
> and so on?
Thanks for the reply.
Yes, I live alone. No Electric clock radio/alarm clock/TV. I have an
alarm clock but that runs by battery. I accounted for bathroom and
kitchen bulbs as the two 60W bulbs. No exhaust fan and answering
machines. I have a cell phone which I charge at a library outlet/or at
my work place for 1hour daily and that is sufficient for that.

> You might be paying for lights in the common hallway, lobby, or exterior
> or basement lighting, depending on the wiring. Has it been suggested to
> turn off and unplug EVERYTHING, and go look at the meter to see if it's
> still spinning?

No, there is no common hallway, lobby, or exterior
or basement lighting. Some lights are outside the apartment but
landlord told they are being billed to him.
I turned off all items and the meter does not seem to spin. But,
someone could be tapping into my outlets/meter box when I am not at
home(which is most of the time).
Thanks for your aid and time.

> For what it's worth, from 3/16 to 4/17, I used 329 kwh, for a house w/
> washer and dryer, and for GFA furnace, and a large collection of wall
> warts. I have almost all compact fluorescent bulbs, and a standard
> selection of electronica.


From: s on
On May 3, 1:22 am, Anthony Matonak
<anthony...(a)nothing.like.socal.rr.com> wrote:
> s wrote:
> >> How do you cook? Gas?
>
> > Yes, gas.
>
> You should be aware that most gas ovens use glow bars. These are
> electric heater elements that run into hundreds of watts and remain
> on during the entire period the oven is turned on.

Thanks for the reply.
No, mine does not. I checked my stove. There are no wires going into
or coming out of it.

> You can also purchase a kill-a-watt meter to see what each
> appliance, like a fridge, might be using. It'll record the
> total kWh used over a period of time.
>
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16882715001

I will do that.

> You might also look for non-obvious electric stuff. Doorbell
> transformers, porch lights, coffee machines, microwave ovens,
> cordless phones, emergency lights, fire alarms, CO alarms,
> anything with a timer, remote control or transformer (wall wart).

No doorbell, porch lights, coffee machines, microwave ovens,
cordless phones, emergency lights, fire alarms, CO alarms,
anything with a timer, remote control or transformer (wall wart).
Just a smoke alarm which runs by battery and my cell phone I charge at
work place or library outlet.
Thanks for your aid and time.
> Anthony


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