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Old 01-25-2010, 09:31 AM
 
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I found out what it was. Someone accidentally set off the Em Heat. It made my bill triple. So check your thermostat.
Someone? Doesn't it automatically come on when needed?
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Willow Spring, North Carolina
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ours was MUCHO higher this past month.... never saw it that high.. time to go for the equal payment plan LOL Its a good plan, I looked and read and asked every question... and no you don't pay the diffrence in a lump at year's end you just get a new average. I have all electric house and we kept thermostat at 67 90% of the time.. used lots of sweaters LOL
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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Someone? Doesn't it automatically come on when needed?
I believe there is a switch on the thermostat that will keep it on Emergency Heat only - at least that's how it was back when I had a heat pump.
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:34 PM
 
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I believe there is a switch on the thermostat that will keep it on Emergency Heat only - at least that's how it was back when I had a heat pump.
Yeah, it is there in case your compressor starts having trouble. You can flip on the emergency heat so that only the electric strips (or gas backup) are used and not have to worry about doing any further damage to your compressor.
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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mine in december was $144 then we had that cold snap. Just got the bill up till jan 25th and it was $187. The lowest I have had is $75 in october. Normally it is around 90-100 a month.


I consider myself lucky after reading the horror stories on here of triple etc.

I kept the thermostat on 68 at night and no higher than 70 when I was awake etc.....

all electric house and no gas, except from that hot dog I ate a little while ago..

:-)
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Triangle NC
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Ouch! I was super nervous about our bill after I read this thread. Ours is $103 and our usage is a bit less than Jan 09. We heat with natural gas and that bill was $202 (highest ever). Thank goodness for low natural gas prices. Im not complaining, $305 isnt too bad for 2600 sq ft. We paid just about double that for heating oil and electricity this time of year in MA.
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:18 PM
 
Location: "FV" (most can't pronounce it)
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Oh yeah, your heat was running on AUX. Enjoy that 73 degree sauna, hope it was worth $400. There are also these things called "long sleeve shirts" and "sweaters", you might look into them. :-)
Well let me see I'm from NH and wear LAYERS called camisol, turtleneck, sweater/sweatshirt - (and trust me with the large rooms - it was no where near a sauna) - and I even wore a bathrobe OVER the aforementioned 3 layers in my 73 degree house. Still shouldn't have cost me over $400 - and no it didn't go on AUX all that often. We have now learned to shut every dang door to every interior room and at least 70 degrees is warmer than 73 with all the doors to every interior room open.
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Old 01-27-2010, 05:40 AM
 
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Shutting the doors won't allow the air to circulate...with a properly designed heat pump you should keep them open.
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