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Old 12-28-2007, 07:46 AM
 
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Hi all,
This is my first winter here and I was shocked when I looked at my power bill for December which was $190.00.We live in a one bedroom apt and we are only two people.We do not even have a laundry facility inside the apartment.
Is it too much?
How much do you pay for electricity?

What would it be for a house? say approx 2000 Sqft and 3 bedroom/2 bath.

~AV.
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Old 12-28-2007, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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The amount of your power bill is going to depend on a lot more than how big your place is. What type of heat do you have in your apartment? Heat pump, electric coil heat, etc.
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Old 12-28-2007, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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I have a 2200 square foot brick home with 3 br/3 baths and 3 people living here. I received my December bill from SCE&G and it was $228.00. Your bill sounds very high for such a small space. Perhaps you keep your thermostat set very high or it has an inefficient heating system?
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:27 AM
 
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I think it has a heat pump.the bill is around 100$ each month but this month it is huge.
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:28 AM
 
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Maybe they were estimating your bill for a few months, and then they did a reading?
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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I"m in a 1600 square foot newer house with a heat pump. I got my SCE&G bill today and it was $148, last month was $120. That's with the heat set on 70.

Do you have any neighbors with a similar sized apartment? Maybe you could see what their bills are running.
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:49 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Maybe they were estimating your bill for a few months, and then they did a reading?
That is entirely possible. It is the reason my bill jumps considerably at times.
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:40 PM
 
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I live in a 70 year old, 2,700 sq ft house and my bill was only $135. Your apartment must have zero insulation or you are leaving your place at 75F.
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Old 01-01-2008, 01:26 PM
 
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I think it has a heat pump.the bill is around 100$ each month but this month it is huge.
If you have a heat pump, be sure to check to make sure it is operating correctly. On most HP systems a red light will come on the themostat when the electric heat coils come on. In Cola, that should happen only in the coldest weather---if the red light stays on a lot, that means there is something wrong, and it will use much more power than usual. A green light means only the condenser is operating---which considering the mild weather we have had, should be all that is operating most of the time. But many apartments only have electric coil heating, which is much more expensive. Also, keep in mind that SCE&G has the most expensive rates in SC....
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Old 01-01-2008, 07:12 PM
 
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Thanks for your replies.
I leave the temperature at 68F but of late I have been leaving it at 65F.
I'll look at the heating system again.
Thanks.
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