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Old 06-11-2015, 04:14 PM
 
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I'm not seeing the cost savings.

To keep the house on 80 is $180 Electric Bill?

We've lived in 4 different places in the last 12 years. With the ridiculous rates that Baltimore Gas & Electirc (BGE) and Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) have, yet not once did we ever come near to using 75KWH in 1 day!

Something isn't right. I signed up on the prepaid program and can track daily usage and determine averages.
We've averaged less than 40KW a day for 12 years, yet since we moved to our new house, the usage has jumped with several days into the 60-70 KW range and as high as 76 KW. For our family, this is statistically impossible. The only thing on is the air and it's not even on all the time. We have it set at 80, yet at this rate, that supposedly isn't high enough.

We're on pace supposedly to top 1,800 KwH in a month (we've had 4 months in 10 years over 1,000 with the highest just under 1200) and I can't figure out why. Our laundry/cooking patterns haven't changed, and I'm not even home most of the day

SECO is just electric and not Water, yet the total bill is coming out higher than what GRU was when water was included. Two weeks ago, I added funds to make the prepaid balance $150 (28 May) and in less than 2 weeks we've burned through almost $90?

Are they scamming people with the heat wave and just averaging usage and applying it to everyone's meters? This is ridiculous. I sent a request to them, but I doubt I'll get any decent answers.
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:59 PM
 
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There is no scam. It depends how cool you keep your home and/or the home energy efficiency. Electricity is certainly not a cheap utility in this county. They don't raise utility costs when it gets hotter during the summer.
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:21 PM
 
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Sounds like its your house. You might have poor insulation. Im on Duke Energy and just this month had an electric bill over $100. I keep my house at 78 during the day and 72 at night, so I can sleep.
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Old 06-17-2015, 04:13 PM
 
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On Monday, says we used 73 KWh.

Impossible, house is set at 80 so unless it costs $300 a month to keep house at 80, something is not right
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Old 06-17-2015, 06:19 PM
 
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Hire a contractor to evaluate the energy efficiency of the home. Complaining about it will resolve nothing.
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Old 06-17-2015, 06:49 PM
 
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On Monday, says we used 73 KWh.

Impossible, house is set at 80 so unless it costs $300 a month to keep house at 80, something is not right
Call SECO. I believe they will do an energy audit for free. I would be checking duct work, hot water heater setting, a faulty meter, etc.
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:03 PM
 
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Call SECO. I believe they will do an energy audit for free. I would be checking duct work, hot water heater setting, a faulty meter, etc.
Excellent suggestions as well.

Clearly this is some type of issue with the home. Could include inadequate attic insulation, poor door/window seals, single pane glass windows (extremely inefficient), un-shaded windows, blocked/inadequate attic vents to name a few more of the usual suspects.
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Old 06-18-2015, 04:35 AM
 
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Thanks. About the insulation, it's fine here. It takes very little for the air to run to keep in at 80. Everything is solid.

I contacted them last week, but never heard anything back. When I contacted them yesterday via email, about 20 minutes later SW Marion had that power outage for about 45 minutes.

This is an 1800SF Home in Oak Run, well built and insulated.

I mean if we're paying $8-$9 a day for Electric according to SECO, then my thermostat better be on 70 or something. But this is just ridiculous. Not even GRU tries to get away with that.
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:29 AM
 
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There is no conspiracy by SECO. Some good advice has already been offered already.
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Old 06-18-2015, 01:53 PM
 
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I have SECO. I have an 1800 sf house that the A/C is on 78 during the day and 76 at night. I'm running an 18 x 45 foot pool and a hot tub. I pay $186 a month on the equal payment plan. I keep the heat on 78 in the winter, too.

Pick up the phone and call SECO again. They'll come do an energy audit. Email is easy to ignore.
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