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Old 06-30-2008, 08:55 PM
 
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Hello

I moved in to a 1000 sq apartment 01 May and recieved me first electric bill for 78.00$ (540Kwh) TXU 14.2cents. I was very pleased and suprised.

This months bill for June 148.00$ (1030 kw). Do you think that is normal for your usage to double from one month to another, even though you lived the same way like the previous month? AC set at 82 at night and 78 daytime.

Maybe they made a mistake with the first bill

Pat33
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:14 PM
 
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Was the first bill for a full month? Sometimes if you move in between billing cycles it might not be a full bill?
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:18 AM
 
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The bill states previous meter reading 04/30/08 7028
and current meter reading 05/27/08 7082 wich is 540 kWh used 77.38$.

And the service period was from Apr30- May27 so I guess that was a full month.

Thanks
Pat33
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Clear Lake, Houston TX
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Are you on the top floor? If your AC unit is old/inefficient it could easily pull that much juice.
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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April to May this year was VERY Mild for Houston. When you crank up to the mid-90's bills usually go up 30-50%.
June, July and August are the hottest months of the year.
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:45 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Just about everyone I know had their bill double from may to june. May was very mild and June was definitely not.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:24 AM
 
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June was pretty hot and May was pretty mild. Add to that, the fact that most rates went up as well, and you have high bills last month.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:25 AM
 
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Our bill did the same thing.

We used about 300 more kwh... and our electricity cost also jumped. The bill was 75% higher.
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:22 AM
 
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Sometimes your meter is not actually read every single month. If it is not then the electric company tries to estimate what it thinks you might use. If they underestimated and then read your meter the next month it would look like a big increase in usage. You may have actually used more like 650 or 700 kWh in May.
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Fondren SW Yo
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Hello

I moved in to a 1000 sq apartment 01 May and recieved me first electric bill for 78.00$ (540Kwh) TXU 14.2cents. I was very pleased and suprised.

This months bill for June 148.00$ (1030 kw). Do you think that is normal for your usage to double from one month to another, even though you lived the same way like the previous month? AC set at 82 at night and 78 daytime.

Maybe they made a mistake with the first bill

Pat33

I'm in Dallas and our electric bill went from $100 to $217 this month for 5-19 to 6-19. Now, we used the A/C as if it were free, and over the last two week s have cut it down to 78 day/80 night. By reading the meter I estimate our next bill will be $175 (I just figured out what we used over a 10 day spread and pro-rated that to 31 days). Welcome to Texas and the expensive heat.....
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