Question About Elect. Bill

woodlandgalAugust 9, 2010

Our electric rates have gone up alot in the last 4 years we have lived in our total electric new house, but we think our bill is too high at $130 a month average. With this hot summer we have been using the AC alot which we understand will make it much higher.

I am wondering if it makes a difference if the meter is on your house or 300 feet away by the road. I tried searching, but couldbn't find any answers. Thanks for any info you can give me.

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A tiny bit of power is lost in a 300 ft run of wire. All current produces a small amount of heat due to the resistance of the wire, so that is being lost. However, it is such a small amount that it won't affect your bill one way or another.

You have a big bill because you are using a lot of power. It is that simple. If you want to lower your bill, you'll need to cut back AND/OR invest in energy saving products - sealing and insulating, energy efficient appliances, lights etc. If your electricity usage (not the bill but the usage) has gone up a lot in a short period, you might have a malfunctioning appliance that needs a tuneup or repair.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 1:53PM
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Check what is the KWH usage on your bills. That's how electricity is billed, for how many KWH (KiloWatt Hours) are used. One KWH is 1000 watts of power used for one hour of time. Or 2000 watts run for 30 mins. Or 100 watts for 10 hours. Etc.

You can figure how much a particular appliance or electric item costs to run by checking the power rating label on the item. Most everything is labeled for how much wattage it pulls. Or if not, amps x voltage = watts close enough. Divide the wattage by 1000, then multiply by your electric rate to see how much it costs to run per hour. For example, an air conditioner that pulls 5,000 watts when running, uses 5 KWH per hour (5,000 / 1,000 = 5). On a power rate of 13 cents per KWH, it'd cost 65 cents per hour (5 x $0.13 = $0.65) of operating time. Operating time of course is when it's actually running ... does not include the time when it cycles off and is sitting idle.

If you don't know your power cost per KWH, figure that by dividing the total amount of the bill by the KWH used. For example 1,700 KWH used at a cost of $200 is $0.1175 per KWH ($200 / 1,700 = $0.117647).

You didn't say in what area of the country you live. I'm on the mid-upper coast of TX. My bill for the last 12 months averages $146.80/month.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 3:31PM
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As stated above, this largely depends on where you live. We live in Northern WV and are paying about $125/mo on our electric bill. The only significant appliances we have on electric are our clothes dryer and our central A/C unit. We have a gas furnace, stove and water heater. If you're only paying $130/mo and your house is 100% electric, you must live in a warmer climate than we do.

You don't have it that bad. We just bought a house with a 40+yr old furnace and this past winter we were stuck with $400 gas bills PLUS $75 electric bills over a 4-5 month period.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2010 at 11:11AM
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One thing you might check on is the glazing on your windows. Last year our heating and cooling was higher than normal. Hubby does not like to have the windows open so other than washing the windows never paid attention to the putty. Have discovered that most of our windows need reglazing. Had the house painted two years ago and part of the cost was to reglaze if needed. It appears all they did was paint over the old putty which kept the window glass tight but now the paint is drying and the putty is popping again.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2010 at 10:02PM
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