My last two (actual read) bills from our electric power company (ComEd) show greater kWh useage than I expected, given our cool late summer and autumn. We didn't use the A/C at all.
The company refuses to put in an order to check the lines and meter until after the next monthly reading (early December). After the order is placed, it could be another month before anyone comes out to do the check.
The meter reader seems to be recording accurately, but when I look at the meter, it's spinning like crazy -- while we have nothing drawing heavy power inside the house. How can I check to see if the meter is reflecting some unknown power draw in our house?
Our current bill for the month of October shows 2152 kWh.
Our 2009 bill for the month of October showed 1078 kWh.
Our current bill for the month of September shows 1236 kWh.
Our 2009 bill for Sept. (warmer weather; A/C use) shows 1229 kWh.
The only *new* electrically powered items in the house are a 40" Sony LCD TV, replacing a 36" Sony tube-TV, and a Nintendo Wii-Fit game.
Other power draws, in the house from the time it was built in 2001, are: Refrig-Freezer, cooktop, oven, microwave, small kitchen appliances, NuHeat under the tile floor in one bathroom, lights, laptop computer, router, cordless phones, the new TV and one old 13" tube TV, garage door openers.
I'm paying almost double for electricity, this year over last, but I'd thought that was due to rate increases.
I'm 30 miles north of Chicago. The meter is not new. We did have a four-hour power outtage Oct. 26 and have had several 'blips' (unusual in our nine years residence here).