Insane Power Usage over 200kw/Day
Hi everyone, reality is hitting hard at my house. It's our first winter, 2500 sq ft ranch, about 800 sq ft of raised 20ft ceiling with no (Zero) insuallation in the ceiling. Exposed wood and beam ceiling is part of the beauty of the home, along with the approx 28 linear ft of glass doors and windows to take in the view.
We saw Novembers bill. Used over 6,000kw around $850. In December, we paid more attention, and bought a nice wood stove insert for the main big room, installed around Dec 22 (I started the Clydesdale post that some of you have commented on) December was just over 5,000kw. Divided by 30 and it came to around 170kw/day.
Bought the NEST thermostat as I started reading about auxiliary heat on my heat pump. Never owned a heat pump before, cheap natural gas furnace in NJ, heated your house and you never thought twice about it. So the NEST is doing a good job, but Aux is still kicking in with these low temps in Maryland. I've been paying attention to my daily usage, nice digital meter on the side of the house. 200kw overnight, just keeping the house at 63 degrees, with a cool woodstove running to help. Now that's just 12:00 midnight to 8:00am.
My first question: Even knowing I'm using Aux heat, it still seems excessive usage for one air handler with a certain KW heat element. To add to that, we have one bedroom in the house that runs off of hydotherm baseboard electric heat. I do not complain about my daughter staying warm:), but she does keep it below 68.
Is my Heat Pump Aux Heat that ineffecient?
Fortunately we shut the heat off completely at 8:00am, as we get the wood stove cooking. But then I'm spending another 200 per month on wood!, Yea I know, I can get it for less and even for free with some work, but it's new to me right now, so I'm buying. Went through a cord in less than a month.
If I updated the HVAC system, new air handler, would it help.
Are the newer mitsubishi HVAC units more efficient than that hydro electric? That bedroom is large, around 400 sq ft, but it is well insulated, on top at least.
Any thoughts appreciated, the good news is I have a decent job to support all of this. Patiently waiting for Spring:)