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  •  Yikes! (5+ / 0-)

    Do you have heavy usage from air conditioning or electric water heater?

    •  Not from the water heater ,,been replaced (6+ / 0-)

      and the thermostat recently was called into question but we have had three electric audits done here.   The tax is over 75.00 not to mention fees.   Hard to maintain.. seriously.....Fortunately they work a little with me due to my husband needing equipement that runs off electricity..due to his disability and sleep apaena.   It does not take that much !!!  I keep the dishwasher off heat cycle so go figure ????? It has us bumfuzzled.. Even the pool pump is off.  Aqua therapy for husband..  found it here when we got the house.. a pool... You would think some of this would be compensated by the VA but no.  it is a handicapped equipped pool with railings.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 08:59:30 AM PDT

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      •  Any appliances on "auto-on" mode? (3+ / 0-)
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        They can add up to serious kilowatt-hours if you're not aggressive in turning those off.

      •  this company: (1+ / 0-)
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        http://www.theenergydetective.com/

        gives you the means to audit the meter readings and play detective as to where your usage is going. May need some technical skill to install and use.

      •  Assuming you do NOT have electric space heating (1+ / 0-)
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        or electric water heating or clothes drying, the two largest electrical energy consuming devices in your home will almost always be your forced draft furnace blower motor and your kitchen refrigerator.

        You can reduce both natural gas consumption and your electrical bill by lowering the thermostat to 65-68 degrees, doing house weatherization (make sure storm windows are in place for cold weather), not operating the furnace at all when you sleep (or installing a 7 day 24 hr programmable thermostat.

        Many water heaters don't have much insulation.   Adding a heater insulation kit rapidly pays for itself.   Also, make sure you operate your heater with a temperature set point that is well down from the maximum setting of the heater.

        If you are operating a refridgerator that is older, it is probable that the old unit consumers about 50-150 kilowatt-hours per month of electricity MORE than a modern, EPA Energy Star model would.

        On refrigerators, make sure any heat dissipation coils in the back of the unit are free of dust and that there is adequate room for air circulation around the coils.   Also, don't operate your refrigerator or freezer at the maximum coldest settings.

        Finally, unplug all un-necessary electrical devices in your house.   Need to use the microwave?  If an old model, then plug it in only when you are using it and unplug it afterwards.

        Outdoor clothes drying always beats using a dryer indoors.  Dryers consume large amounts of energy to function.

        Make sure you've substitute compact florescent lights for all incandescent electric light bulbs you are using.  A 100 watt incandescant bulb uses about 4 times the amount of electrical energy that a "100" CFL will use.

        •  that is usually an incorrect assumption . . . . (1+ / 0-)
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          Most of the houses in Florida were not constructed with heating systems.

          The majority of people here use space heaters in the winter.

          In the end, reality always wins.

          by Lenny Flank on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 11:28:32 AM PDT

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          •  I was responding to vetwife. At the time (0+ / 0-)

            I wrote that response I was unaware vetwife also lived in Florida, the same state as the diarist.

            While electric space heating and electric water heating can sometimes be used economically because of warm climates, that does not mean that such a means of energy utilization is the most energy efficient heat energy transfer process...   it isn't.

            The ultimate energy input associated with generating the heat input necessary to generate that electricity is the measure required for analysis and review to determine the environmental impact and overall thermodynamic heat transfer efficiency of a system for providing space or water heating.

            •  true, all. but alas for most Floridians (0+ / 0-)

              electric space heaters are the only affordable option. Few of us can afford to retrofit a heating system into our home. Regardless of thermal transfer coefficients and thermodynamic efficiency.

              In the end, reality always wins.

              by Lenny Flank on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 12:04:31 PM PDT

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            •  I have forced heat from heat pump Lenny (0+ / 0-)

              and about 90 percent sure after this electric bill there is a problem with the on/auto thermostat..... It goes black at times and then one has to switch from auto to on to get relief of air...But that happened after the guy came here and took a meter and checked vent,etc.  We were throwing out the correct amount as thermostat settings and then the thermostate started going black so that requires a Furnace/AC technician to evaluate and possibly install a new thermostat.  There most be a wire connected.
              My husband fooled with it and no telling.  After the guy left.

              We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

              by Vetwife on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 01:17:31 PM PDT

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              •  I remember that when the thermostat (0+ / 0-)

                went out in Ga the light bill was high.  I kinda have to go it alone here as hubby knows about electronics but in his quest to fix,,,sometimes the project goes undone... My son is terrible and troubleshooting and me.. I call someone .. I could have hired people to fan me day and night and fetch cold rags on our heads or throw warmed fuzzies on us upon command with what we have paid in lights for the last 6 months to a year.

                We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

                by Vetwife on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 01:22:16 PM PDT

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              •  you are a rarity then ;) (0+ / 0-)

                Most homes in Florida (at least here in Tampa Bay) have to use space heaters every winter (and quite a few people die every year because of that).

                I suppose people in Miami or Key West can get away without any heat at all.

                In the end, reality always wins.

                by Lenny Flank on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 03:10:46 PM PDT

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              •  Unfortunately, some programmable thermostats (0+ / 0-)

                are like toasters and they stop working correctly after a while.   The one thing you should always try before condemning an apparently malfunctioning electronic thermostat is to both power off your furnace at your breaker box and also take the battery out of it as well .....so the unit is dead to power for at least 10 second.....then replace the battery and bring the furnace breaker back on.    Doing this will trigger the thermostat's processor power on self testing functions, thus the equivalent of 'rebooting the disk' for the pcocessor in the thermostat.  

                If after doing the above and reprogramming the thermostat it still does not function, then it is time to condemn the thermostate.   White-Rogers thermostats I've found to be quality items.

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