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Old 01-30-2009, 03:32 PM
 
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Well, is the furnace running at all? That'll eat energy like a soccer team. The timer is constantly using energy, as is the lamp.
Lamps don't use electricity when they're off.
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I know this doesn't have much to do with energy consumption, but I was thinking it might still be a good idea to let the water drip a bit. Call it preventative maintenance.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:24 PM
 
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The thermostat is set to 50 degrees. I called the power company, they told me even if there was no lamp & timer, yes-- the furnace blower uses electricity. Also, there is the monthly charge for just having a meter, and the pilot light. So it is about right. Just sucks to have to pay a bill when no one lives there! Thanks everyone, for your help
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:51 AM
 
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our house is empty, but our power bill went up as high as 4.6% / power company said it was something inside the house (blaming it on us) or the cold weather
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:52 AM
 
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how to solve
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I have a house for sale and it is empty. The only device that is plugged into the wall is one lamp, with one bulb, that is on a timer for 4 hours a day. But still, I get a bill for $25 a month! Does that seem right?

Furnace is gas, so it isn't that. Water is turned off, and there is nothing else drawing electricity.

For those of you who understand electricity usage, does that amount seem right?
The furnace still uses electricity to power its controls and the fan that moves the warm air to the zones. Also, there should be a transformer somewhere that sends a signal through the thermostats to the furnace's control to heat the zones. There is a good chance that the electric company still charges a service fee, even if you don't use electricity.
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Old 03-16-2019, 09:34 PM
 
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It's called an infrastructure fee where I live. It's around $20 - $25 a month.
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Old 03-17-2019, 04:31 PM
 
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The furnace still uses electricity to power its controls and the fan that moves the warm air to the zones. Also, there should be a transformer somewhere that sends a signal through the thermostats to the furnace's control to heat the zones. There is a good chance that the electric company still charges a service fee, even if you don't use electricity.
OP is 10 years old
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