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Old 12-28-2018, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Sarasota
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My electric bill is up 30% year-over-year. We have a 2300 sq ft house. We are retired - home all the time.
How do I figure out what is causing this? We have fewer people in the house. The average temperature each month, according to the FPL site, is about the same. We do have some new appliances and a new larger TV. There are various apps and plugs that are offered to help determine KW usage. I thought I'd see if anyone on the forum might have a suggestion.
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Old 12-28-2018, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I think the electric company will come out and do free assessment.
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Old 12-28-2018, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Bradenton/Sarasota FL
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Inflation....my living situation is exactly the same the past 3 years if I am not more aware of leaving items on and its up about the same.

3 things I hate everytime I pay:
Razor blades (although I switched to $1 shave)
Cable
FPL
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Old 12-28-2018, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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^^^^^
Actually, the cost per kwh has gone down. And it is less than .10 cents per kwh which is a bargain for anyone who has paid for electric living in NYC. Con Ed [NYC] and LILCO [Long Island] has the most expensive rates [more than double FPL] in the U.S.
A few things that would cause a 30% increase in usage would be- changing the temp setting for A/C-heat, using an aux. heater, using the oven more than usual, using the clothes dryer more than usual.
A newer TV uses less electric than an older model TV. Refrigerator and water heater use a lot of kw but are constant month by month. And be aware that when you use more than 750 kwh, the rate increases [slightly]
You can see how much electric your house is using by looking at your meter. Big number is total KWH used on that meter. Smaller numbers below show how much volts are being delivered and how much watts the house is using at the current second.
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Old 12-29-2018, 08:28 AM
 
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The biggest energy hog by FAR in any home is your AC. Is yours getting old? Older ones start using up way more energy. Also, have you changed your temp settings.

FPL is a bargain, IMO, especially compared to what others pay. I did not have to use my AC last month, got my bill today - a "whopping" $47.00!!!
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Old 12-29-2018, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Venice
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I would talk to FPL and tell them that your bill is up 30% and you would like to see a report of how much power you are consuming on a monthly basis. This data is readily available. Your bill is based on how much electricity you consume. They can show you what you used for every billing cycle. They should also be able to look at the past few years. See where it spikes.

I don't look at the FPL bill details but I would think that they might have numbers on it that show how much electricity you consumed this billing cycle and what you consumed this same billing cycle last year. In fact, here it is (look at energy usage):

https://www.fpl.com/rates/understand-bill.html

Remember that anything that creates heat (heating elements) or pumps water (heavy duty motors) consume the most electricity.
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Old 12-30-2018, 10:04 PM
 
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The biggest energy hog by FAR in any home is your AC. Is yours getting old? Older ones start using up way more energy. Also, have you changed your temp settings.

FPL is a bargain, IMO, especially compared to what others pay. I did not have to use my AC last month, got my bill today - a "whopping" $47.00!!!
Agreed. We have FPL for both our homes and it is very inexpensive......for now.
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Old 01-05-2019, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Bradenton/Sarasota FL
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What about a Non heated pool for energy usage? Pump runs roughly from 9-5 daily
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Old 01-08-2019, 05:24 PM
 
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What about a Non heated pool for energy usage? Pump runs roughly from 9-5 daily
Easy enough to do the basic calcs on most energy devices.

I agree that FPL is cheap. I think they also have a special deal where they can hook some stuff up to a sep. meter or box and they have the right to turn it off for short periods. We had that but since we are seasonal and low energy use we did away with it.

"if you run your pool pump (2.5hp, 1800w) for 8 hours in one day, 1,864.25w multiplied by 8 and divided by 1,000 equals 14.9 kilowatt-hours."

So that pump in the example would cost $1.50 a day - that adds up. That's about what our total electric bill is!

I'd check with the experts and see the minimum time it could be left on and set a timer!
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Sarasota
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I learned that one of our energy vampires was a dehumidifier. We bought it earlier in 2018 and often had it plugged in 24x7. It really made a difference, but not worth it at this cost.
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