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View Poll Results: my typical electric bill a month is:
under $100 7 15.56%
$100-$150 15 33.33%
$150-$200 12 26.67%
over $200 11 24.44%
not sure 0 0%
Voters: 45. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 02-11-2012, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Was wondering what your typical electric bill runs. We're pretty conservative with the A/C in the summer and keeping lights/tv on only when being used. We have a total of about 10 hi-hats that are on in the evening hours but I calculated it to only be about $2/night. I also work at home full time so the computer is always on (but shouldn't use that much energy).

For a ~2500sqft home with 4 people in it, we're up to about $150/month (slightly less than half of this is considered Power Supply charges). Is this considered high or avg? Another way to ask this is ... is 900kwh/month high?
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Last year my electric ran $186 month. I have an electric dryer and a 7 x 7 hot tub that is one all year.

One comment, the question was PER MONTH not per 2 months which is how LIPA bills are measured.
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Yes per month.

And I just realized the $2/night for lights was wrong... it's actually just $0.30/night for those lights if I'm doing the math right. $9/month = negligible.

Adding the two costs:
delivery & system charges: $0.0857
power supply charges: $0.0833
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$0.168 per kwh (similar to this chart http://www.greenrayled.com/learning/average-price-of-electricity/ (broken link))

If that's the correct cost per kwh, a 175-watt tv on for 5hrs a day = only 26kwh a month (= $4.41/month).

Where are my 926kwh per month coming from?! Where are the big costs?

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Old 02-11-2012, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Suffolk County
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We pay over $300.00 per LIPA bill for a 2500 sq ft colonial. Mostly due to laundry and the 5 kids that live here, lol!
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:35 PM
 
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Was wondering what your typical electric bill runs. We're pretty conservative with the A/C in the summer and keeping lights/tv on only when being used. We have a total of about 10 hi-hats that are on in the evening hours but I calculated it to only be about $2/night. I also work at home full time so the computer is always on (but shouldn't use that much energy).

For a ~2500sqft home with 4 people in it, we're up to about $150/month (slightly less than half of this is considered Power Supply charges). Is this considered high or avg? Another way to ask this is ... is 900kwh/month high?
You are assuming about $0.16/kWh. My rate for the last year has been between $0.21-$0.25 per kWh after all taxes and fees are taken into account, i.e. if you simply divide the total bill by the kWh.

My bill is about $50 a month, and my usage is typically 160 to 250 kWh per month. No AC, I survive on fans w/o too much trouble since the area is wooded.

As for your calculations on the light bulbs - for example, 5 bulbs @ 60W each, all used 10h a day continuously, will be 100kWh a month (about $20 a month). Energy-efficient ones bring the used power down (produce more lumens per watt energy).
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Smithtown, NY
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$150 to $200, 2200 sq. ft. with central air. LIPA budget plan fluctuates to the higher end in the summer.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:12 AM
 
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Holey batman. Can I come to your house and study what you're doing? I assume you're not using an electric dryer and stove right? If you are then we need to study your house as a model of efficiency.

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Was wondering what your typical electric bill runs. We're pretty conservative with the A/C in the summer and keeping lights/tv on only when being used. We have a total of about 10 hi-hats that are on in the evening hours but I calculated it to only be about $2/night. I also work at home full time so the computer is always on (but shouldn't use that much energy).

For a ~2500sqft home with 4 people in it, we're up to about $150/month (slightly less than half of this is considered Power Supply charges). Is this considered high or avg? Another way to ask this is ... is 900kwh/month high?
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:19 AM
 
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$142 per month on balanced billing...

a year or so ago, it was about $190 per month, but since then i've changed most bulbs to CFLs and have become an off-switch nazi


edit: some info on casa de enfd to put it in perspective with everyone else's pads...

1800 sq ft, oil heat, 2 kids, 1 wife and me
3 ac window units used somewhat sparingly during the summer
dishwasher, fridge and freezer, oven/range in kitchen
chest freezer from nineteen aught three in the basement
dryer / washing machine
small bar fridge
couple of laptops
1 flat pannel hdtv, 1 flat screen hdtv, 1 old 19" tv

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Old 02-13-2012, 07:51 AM
 
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It seems not matter what we do we still end up close to $500 every two months. Large house so lot's of lights even thought I have changed them all to CFL and I am in the process of going to LED's. Here is my run down:
2 Electric stoves (one person cooks a lot)
2 Fridges (1 new the other needs to be replaced)
Washer and 1 Electric dryer (3 kids under 7 two babies so the dryer never stops)
2 adults and the 2 babies home all day.
In the main part of the house including basement which is finished I have 38 lights. Yes i am always chasing people down and trying to keep them off and I am trying to put LED"s in the most used areas.

I cannot see any way of cutting of LIPA's love affair with me. I am looking at quotes to run my gas line to the stoves and dryer but my wife is not convinced it's worth the money and that we will see a noticeable difference in our bill.

Any suggestions? I am already married and LIPA seems to be in love with me.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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I'm at $265 a month on balanced billing. Outdoor year round hot tub, 14 high hats (switching to cfl as bulbs blow) in 3 different rooms, dishwasher, washing machine fridge, chest freezer, 5 cable boxes & flat screens, Verizon Fios phone and www, multiple computers, blow dryers, phone chargers, outdoor lighting, CAC, bathroom heat lamp, ceiling fans, All lamps are cfl.
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