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Posted: 1/28/2014 3:40:45 AM EDT
Not just dollars but actual electric usage is up 30% or more compared to same months one year ago.  Heat is primarily oil so that can't account for it.  No new appliances or other obvious changes to account for it.  We did have a new meter put in about 14 months ago.  Do meters ever read fast?  Or the old one slow?  Any thoughts on what might be sucking electricity?  Electric hot water, cooking, well pump, basement electric heating baseboard units.  
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 3:42:34 AM EDT
magnets
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 3:43:04 AM EDT
You are growing weed.






Link Posted: 1/28/2014 3:43:05 AM EDT
My wife retired from a utility company and has always said meters can sometimes not read properly.

She would recommend you call the utility company and tell them about this.

They will come out and check your meter.
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This is a serious thought in the back of my mind,  here comes the no-knock.



 
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Is it uniformity up every month over the past year?
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Is it uniformity up every month over the past year?

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I haven't dug out all the old bills yet.  Some were higher during Summer, Fall, but I kind of wrote it off to warmer weather and more AC usage but the last few months have been consistently higher and I know something is up.  Later today I plan on digging out the old bills and see if I can pinpoint anything.



 
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basement electric heating baseboard units.  






Basement is set a 60°  which is about 5 degrees cooler than we had it set last year.



 
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 3:52:04 AM EDT
We had a water heater fill up with "sediment" and it raised the electric about 45% in 1 year.

Drained that shit out, bill went back to "normal".
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I haven't dug out all the old bills yet.  Some were higher during Summer, Fall, but I kind of wrote it off to warmer weather and more AC usage but the last few months have been consistently higher and I know something is up.  Later today I plan on digging out the old bills and see if I can pinpoint anything.

 
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Originally Posted By Palm:

Is it uniformity up every month over the past year?

I haven't dug out all the old bills yet.  Some were higher during Summer, Fall, but I kind of wrote it off to warmer weather and more AC usage but the last few months have been consistently higher and I know something is up.  Later today I plan on digging out the old bills and see if I can pinpoint anything.

 




 
Were these ACTUAL measurements or ESTIMATED measurements?  
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We had a water heater fill up with "sediment" and it raised the electric about 45% in 1 year.



Drained that shit out, bill went back to "normal".
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We do have a lot of sediment in our water.



 
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Originally Posted By Palm:


Is it uniformity up every month over the past year?


I haven't dug out all the old bills yet.  Some were higher during Summer, Fall, but I kind of wrote it off to warmer weather and more AC usage but the last few months have been consistently higher and I know something is up.  Later today I plan on digging out the old bills and see if I can pinpoint anything.


 



 

Were these ACTUAL measurements or ESTIMATED measurements?  
Actual, and with the new meter they can just read it remotely.





 
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sounds like witchcraft but, I will look into it.





 
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 3:56:55 AM EDT
Wife purchased a hitachi and didn't tell you?
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It's gas powered for more HP.



 
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It's gas powered for more HP.
 
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Wife purchased a hitachi and didn't tell you?
It's gas powered for more HP.
 

we opted for the 3 phase model
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 4:01:38 AM EDT
Turn off your driveway heater?
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 4:39:46 AM EDT
Leaking well check valve? I had this problem last year.

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Link Posted: 1/28/2014 4:47:44 AM EDT
ours has been high as well, i attributed it to the fucking insane cold temps we've had here this winter.  we've had days and days of it being less than 32 and that shit doesnt happen here much.  fucking george bush's fault.
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Originally Posted By Palm:

Is it uniformity up every month over the past year?

I haven't dug out all the old bills yet.  Some were higher during Summer, Fall, but I kind of wrote it off to warmer weather and more AC usage but the last few months have been consistently higher and I know something is up.  Later today I plan on digging out the old bills and see if I can pinpoint anything.

 


 
Were these ACTUAL measurements or ESTIMATED measurements?  
Actual, and with the new meter they can just read it remotely.

 
gotcha

 
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 5:23:59 AM EDT
You live in Pa., your furnace is running more.
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Let me guess, you got the new smart meters right?  


People all over the country are learning about the accuracy of the smart metering system.  Some people's bills skyrocketed and others went down.   The new digital meters are insanely accurate and are going to pay for themselves literally in no time.


My guess is that your old meter wasn't accurate.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 5:29:25 AM EDT
Mexicans living in your attic.








Link Posted: 1/28/2014 5:31:20 AM EDT
If I remember correctly, the halfrican said he was going to bankrupt coal burning utilities.
They're not about to absorb higher costs. They will pass them on.
America deserves everything we get...
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 5:32:36 AM EDT
Barack Obama: "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." (January 2008)

I note that you said it's actual usage that's up, but I can't skip the chance to quote the tyrant.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 5:37:14 AM EDT
You got any Christmas decorations out?

Friend of mine's wife had a deer looking thing on his lawn that had christmas lights attached to it.  Somehow something turned it into an electricity sucking hole of Calcutta.

"Fucking Deer" is how he put it.
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My wife retired from a utility company and has always said meters can sometimes not read properly.

She would recommend you call the utility company and tell them about this.

They will come out and check your meter.
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I would recommend this especially since your new meter lines up with when you noted higher use. Maybe it will confirm your old meter was giving you a good deal all those years
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We do have a lot of sediment in our water.
 
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Originally Posted By webtaz99:
We had a water heater fill up with "sediment" and it raised the electric about 45% in 1 year.

Drained that shit out, bill went back to "normal".
We do have a lot of sediment in our water.
 


I would start there, especially if it's an older water heater.  I replaced a 15 year old water heater and my power bill immediately dropped around 20% a month.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 5:50:38 AM EDT


Bad element in your hot water heater.


Or you have holes in your well line and it's just constantly pumping water inside the well casing.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 5:54:54 AM EDT
Probably due to the colder temps we are having in PA this year compared to last year.
While your heat is oil if you have forced air you still have a motor running the fan to circulate the air and to run the pump for the oil to feed into the furnace.  Also your electric hot water heater is probably running more to keep that water hot.  I know my furnace is running a whole lot more in these colder temperatures and I keep the house at 66 during the day.
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Let me guess, you got the new smart meters right?  


People all over the country are learning about the accuracy of the smart metering system.  Some people's bills skyrocketed and others went down.   The new digital meters are insanely accurate and are going to pay for themselves literally in no time.


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Many of my neighbors have found this too. The "Smart Meters" are more sensitive to very low draw, such as LED "power" indicators and such. Get enough of them and they start adding up. You may have for example, an electric sprinkler timer that was never appearing before. Now it might be.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 5:56:32 AM EDT
Mine is higher too, I just chalk it up to the really cold weather.
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PA also allowed utility rates to increase by around 30% within the last 2 years or so. Maybe 3 or 4 years ago.


That might be your entire increase right there.
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