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Old 05-16-2010, 02:44 AM
 
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There is a vast difference between a heat pump and direct electric. 2.5X if I remember. I heat for half the cooling bills.

We run a base of around $225-250. We go to $600 in the summer peak and $450 in the winter peak.

3000 SF 1984 home. The ACs are antiques we have been trying to talk into failing without success. House is cellulose insulated though I think I may do an IR scan and perhaps rework the attic.
with electric bills going to $600 it is worth going solar
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Old 05-16-2010, 07:38 AM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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with electric bills going to $600 it is worth going solar
Not at local rates here it is not. Need another factor of 2 or a little more.
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Old 05-16-2010, 03:11 PM
 
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I live in a high rise(2 bedrooms) and the electric in Winter is $30-40 in Summer(A/C at 74) $70-80.
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Old 05-16-2010, 04:43 PM
 
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I'm not home all day running the AC, no pool, electric hot water heater. Avg bill $350 for one person. By comparison, my office which is the same size ~4000 sq ft + 6500 warehouse w/ swamp coolers, AC blasting 24/7, computers never turned off, etc is about $160 a month.

What gives?
This might be a stupid idea, but what the hell?

How old is your house, do your water pipes run over the attic, or in the concrete slab?

I'm thinking SLAB LEAK, if your water pipes are underground, you could be losing hot water (from the electric water heater) as a hot pipe is leaking underground you don't know about.

That would make the water heater keep the heating elements on 24/7 as water is always running though like your hot shower is always running, and eat you out of $$$ for electric.

Is the water bill high?

Turn off ALL water in your house (don't turn off the main water valve though), then go look at your meter and watch to see if the little "triangle" is spinning around in circles with everything off.

If it is, you probably have a slab leak, and need a plumber.

If it's not this, I have no other ideas right now.
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Old 05-16-2010, 04:47 PM
 
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The triangle is right above the needle in this picture, watch it for about a minute at least, the triangle could be moving way slow, if it turns any, you will know!
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:04 PM
 
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I'll try that. I dont know exactly what they water bill is monthly, but I think it was 20-30 a month. Problem is I dont keep track well enough, which is what I'm beginning to notice. What I usually do is when I get around to paying bills I pay months in advance, i.e. I sent $1000 to the cable company and figured they'd let me know when I owed them more.
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:37 PM
 
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My bill last month was $200.68 for a two-story, 2505 sq. ft. house with pool motor running 6hrs/day. No a/c use yet, but heat still clicked on at night.
Just received another statement today for the period from April 14 - May 13. The bill went down to $152.69 from $200.68 the previous month. I have a very strong suspicion that they will only be going up from here.

Way up.
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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I talked to my neighbor yesterday and he pays a third of what I pay, but his stove, water heater, and dryer are propane which runs him another $100. That said he has a wife, 2 kids and the inlaws always appear to be there.

The pursuit to find the culprit continues.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Thumbs down What the heck?

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POWER SURGE: Peak-pricing test will mean high bills for summer - Business - ReviewJournal.com
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:34 AM
 
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POWER SURGE: Peak-pricing test will mean high bills for summer - Business - ReviewJournal.com
Not me. I don't like this at all. One step closer to rationed energy during brownouts. I'm afraid digital meters are not far away and will not be voluntary.
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