This is going to be lengthy, I apologize ahead of time!
I moved into my apartment in August (Northern Ohio). The building is fairly old, and when I was looking at the apartment originally I was informed that they had switched from gas to electric heat in the past few years. It didn't phase me at the time, but now as we get into colder months I'm seeing some huge problems.
The heaters aren't efficient. They don't keep my apartment warm, basically, unless run on the highest setting at all times (it's a one bedroom apartment, the bathroom is tiny and the a have a "galley" kitchen, but the ceilings are high). I also don't have a gas bill, because my stove is electric and I don't pay for water. The heaters are baseboard style, except for those in the kitchen and bathroom, which are along the ceiling (heat rises, aka. not every effective).
Last month, they misread my meter and dropped a $230 bill down to $113, which still scared me. The month before that my bill was around $45. I tried to keep the heaters on lower settings, ran them only when I was at home, and turned my bedroom one on only a couple hours before I knew I'd be going to bed. A few weekends I was even at my parent's home, so the heaters stayed off.
This month my bill is about $280 and, sadly, the meter is right this time. Is this possible? Could something be wrong with the heaters or possibly with my meter? I haven't spoken with the agency I'm renting from yet, but I'd love an outside opinion!