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Old 03-14-2010, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Youngsville NC
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I am in absolute shock at my electric bill from 1/28/10 to 3/01/10
(32 days)
The amount is $484.85
The bill states we used 4159 KWH.
I have a 1280 square foot home. (all electric)

My previous months bill was 360.86.

We have an electric heat pump, one computer & a flat screen TV.
The computer runs a lot

In January, we purchased a used 2 year old Whirlpool Front Load Washer. It may be a coincidence but it seems that since weve purchased the washer, our bills have skyrocketed? I thought front loaders were more energy efficient though? Its probably coincidence but I wanted to mention it.

Our bills used to average 180.00 to 260.00 depending on the season!! Its ridiculous how high they are now! Any suggestions are appreciated!
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:37 AM
 
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This is partly due to colder weather of course, but the majority of it is due to Progress Energy's "estimated usage" numbers they use whenever it gets cold. Thier way to charge you more $$ legally.
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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I am not sure but we just bought this house last year, our average bill was $80.00-120.00 this winter it was 206.00. I am putting it as a very cold winter. We have 1300SQft, and an electric heat pump. and have Wake Electric.
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest (New Light area)
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That seems extremely high to me. We also have Wake Electric and our bill has never been over $220. 3500 sq.ft house, 2 refrigerators running, chest freezer, front end loading washer/dryer. Our average is somewhere around $150/mo, depending on the season. We do have gas heat though...
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:23 AM
 
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If you are using heat pump and temp below 25 the heat strips kick in and meter looks like a helicopter taking off!!We had 97 days of below freezing temps here in North Florida abd bill for same period $128.Are you heating straight electric,no heat pump?
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:40 AM
 
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WOW! That's very high. I have a 2000sq ft home, on Progress Energy and our bills range about $110-125 in winter/spring/fall and $200-250 in summer. I have 3 teens, there are 4 tvs that run most of the time, and 5 computers that run all the time. I wash about 2 loads of clothing a day but my dryer is gas. My dishwasher runs every night, and sometimes 2x in summer. Other than gas water heater, the rest of my home is electric. We also have a 500gal spa out back that we heat year round.
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Any suggestions are appreciated!
Try turning down the heat.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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I would venture that you are running your backup electric strip heat, especially when we had the stretch of 20 degree weather. When adjusting the temperature on a heat pump, only move in 2 degree increments or you strips will kick on. They cost 4-5 times what normal heat pump heat costs.
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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$781 for Jan.
$580 for Feb.
heat pumps! we are not amused!
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Don't be so snarky
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Geez.

3000sq ft gas heat - so electric is avg'ng about $75/month and I thought that was kind of expensive.
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