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Old 02-04-09, 01:12 AM   #1
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How many KWH on your last month's bill?

Lets check those carbon footprints again... My bill last month says I consumed 1,748 KHW.

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Old 02-04-09, 01:15 AM   #2
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Funnily enough, I have my bill right here... it says 64kWh, which sounds like a lot less than yours.
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Funnily enough, I have my bill right here... it says 64kWh, which sounds like a lot less than yours.
Holly crap! I've pwned on the first post... I'm gonna turn off some lights
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Well, considering I'm not at home during the day, have a single, small refrigerator, mostly fluorescent bulbs and only turn the heaters (A/C units) when I get home (650 square feet or so) it's not all that surprising. In spring/autumn I don't even have to use the A/C. I also keep the TV and DVD players turned OFF, not just on standby. Washing machine is basic, cold water only. I only have a laptop, and don't plug it in at home during the day (use it at work).

But, yeah... turn off some lights!
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Oh well. I don't feel so bad now. I have a family of 4 with a stay@home wife and baby daughter. Heating/Cooling is on 24 by 7. Everybody takes long hot showers and my PC is rarely turn off. All TVs, DVDs, Cable Boxes are on, or on stand-by.
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Old 02-04-09, 01:49 AM   #6
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140 kwh. I can get under to about 90 if I turn off my PC and unplug things when not using them, but it doesn't save me much money, as I'm already using barely anything over the base rate of the power company.
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399 kWh for three bachelors in a relatively large house. That's a little above average for us. We're normally closer to 300.

There was a yard light hardwired on when I moved in. I wired a switch in and have left it off ever since. That alone probably cut 40-50 kWh off our bill.
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We average about 1700 kwh, that's in a 4500 sf house that also contains my business. I would guess a couple of hundred kwh goes to the radon mitigation system we have in the basement, which keeps an air pump running 24/7 to lower radon levels down there (they were borderline high, that's where the business is located, we had to install it in my view).
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Old 02-04-09, 04:04 AM   #9
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On average (over the year), about 1000kWh per month. During winter months, maybe 1400kWh per month. I have electrically heated 90m2 house. Guess who is looking into air source heat pumps?

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Old 02-04-09, 04:52 AM   #10
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I average about 1000kWH/month... which anyone in PA will tell you costs an arm and a leg.

edit: My record high since moving into my house was 1549 kWH last winter. With heating oil at almost $4/gallon, it became much more cost effective to heat one room with electricity than to heat the whole house with oil, so I started turning the house down to 55 at night and using an electric space heater in my room.

I am going to have another big month this month since I was out of oil for almost 3 days and had to use electric heaters to heat the whole house while I waited for a delivery.

1549 kWH cost $234.49...
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I average 520kwh a month in the summer and 650kwh a month in the winter.
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1100kwh on 978 sf, but we also run 2 yard lights, and that includes my small shop which I keep heated to the low 50's, as well as leaving a light on in the small barn for the chickens.

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Incidentally, this is a cool little device:



I've used one to measure a lot of devices in my house. I know that my computing "complex" in the basement, which consists of the file server/router, 24+2 Ethernet Switch, Cable Modem, External USB hard disk, and UPS, consumes 243 watts, 24/7, for about 175 kWH/month...

Heh.. I suppose I could do something about that...
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not sure off the top of my head but we lowered it quite a bit just by unplugging appliances when not in use...or anything for that matter. even though FPL raised prices 18% (got to love hurricanes) we are over $100 cheaper than last year.

unplugging your cellphone chargers, coffee pots (big user of electricity) toaster, etc.

the laptops are unplugged and charged when needed...my laptop battery lasts almost 8 hours so I charge it at night and unplug it in the morning.

I'll find the bill later.

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228 for Nov.

323 for Dec....our bill this month nearly doubled as the $/kw went up drastically for 2009

Dunno if I want to start unplugging everything but we keep everything turned off....except the computer, and after the last bill I've started shutting that down overnight and while we're at work all day.
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colder places just consume more to heat the house, no way around it.
Canada and a few other northern countries have a relatively high energy consumption/population ratio.
though part of our canadian problem is that we have poor energy saving incentives.
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Dunno if I want to start unplugging everything but we keep everything turned off....
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But then, I'm old skool. There are extension chords with remote control, or "master plug" configuration, but I doubt they'd be much more practical in my case. Most of my TV/audio/PC equipment go to standby (not ON) after power loss, with the exception of my old CD and stereo amp, which have old-fashioned mechanical power switches.

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1023 KwH.

...but it's very dark and very cold in North Dakota during the Winter months. That, and the Christmas lights.
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About 460-470kwh/mo.

I attribute most of that low usage to a small house (1100 sq ft), 8" of blow-in insulation in the attic, efficient appliances, very little TV usage and efficient computers that I leave on 24/7.

It may go up a bit once my shop is finished. It has electric baseboard heat, but is only 200 sq ft (insulated) and will be kept cool.
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But then, I'm old skool. There are extension chords with remote control, or "master plug" configuration, but I doubt they'd be much more practical in my case. Most of my TV/audio/PC equipment go to standby (not ON) after power loss, with the exception of my old CD and stereo amp, which have old-fashioned mechanical power switches.

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Lets check those carbon footprints again... My bill last month says I consumed 1,748 KHW.

Your turn...
hafta look, but it's winter. the KW usage goes waaaay down.
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Oh, we also use fluorescent bulbs everywhere but the bathroom.

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+1, the Kill-A-Watt rocks.

Oh, and 320 kWh. My 1 bedroom apartment with nothing but south facing windows is very easy to heat in the sunny (but cold) Minnesota winters without turning on my electric heater. It's a bit of a task to cool it in the summer, though...
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+1, the Kill-A-Watt rocks.
Have you ever used one as an instantaneous load meter for a server?
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