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Old 02-06-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
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As some of you know I live in the Caribbean. One of the bad things of living in third world countries is how inefficient things are.

We're involved in a discussion on this subject here and I would like to get some answers from those who have homes and have 4 or more people living in that home over there.

In my particular case; I use an average of 1,100 kwh per month and my cost per kwh is: US$0.2381 per Kwh.

I'd like to get some input from different areas within the US (I've already contacted people in Spain and other Latin American countries).

This question is not so much what yor monthly energy bill is but more what you pay per kwh and how many kwh/month you use.

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Tampa- Tampa Electric

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kwh-5.257 cents per kwh(rate increase in May to 6.055)
May increase for anything over 1000kwh- 7.055

Fuel
1000kwh-6.416 per KWH
over 1000kwh-7.416 per KWH

My electric bill for December was 220.00.
I do not have gas, and I do not have a pool.
2683sf-2100sf conditioned
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Too much. Not exactly sure right off hand of the exact rates though.
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Houston, Tx. Flat rate of 13.9 kw/h, Stream Energy. Usual around here is 12.9-16.9
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Im always in the $300 neighborhood. 3/2 with a pool.
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Tampa- Tampa Electric

Energy
kwh-5.257 cents per kwh(rate increase in May to 6.055)
May increase for anything over 1000kwh- 7.055

Fuel
1000kwh-6.416 per KWH
over 1000kwh-7.416 per KWH

My electric bill for December was 220.00.
I do not have gas, and I do not have a pool.
2683sf-2100sf conditioned
Thanks man!

I'm I reading your info right? Do you use over 2,500 kwh/month? I ask because part of the local argument is that the electric meters are tricked but if I understand you correctly, your consumption is more than double mine.

I presume a big chunk of the difference between the kwhs/month used by you and those used by me must be due to the fact that we only use 1 A/C (a 24,000 BTU unit on my bedroom) and only for 9 hours a day.
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Guys, I know it's a hassle and I do appreciate your replies but I also need to get a sense of Kwh/month consumption. Whenever you get the chance to check your bill; just think about this thread!

The biggest issue locally is not the fact that our current energy rate is highway robbery but how does our local Kwh/month consumption compare to that of other countries.

Thanks
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Houston, Tx. Flat rate of 13.9 kw/h, Stream Energy. Usual around here is 12.9-16.9

I'm surprised by how big is the difference in rates between you guys and Fl. Wow!


Sorry to ask but; what's Stream Energy? (is it the name of the company that provides your service?)

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120-180 bucks with 14.3 cents a kw.
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My power bill is usually 50bux a month..No pool lol
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I'm surprised by how big is the difference in rates between you guys and Fl. Wow!


Sorry to ask but; what's Stream Energy? (is it the name of the company that provides your service?)

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Stream Energy is the provider. They just sell the energy the actual company that supplies it is Centerpoint.
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Guys, I know it's a hassle and I do appreciate your replies but I also need to get a sense of Kwh/month consumption. Whenever you get the chance to check your bill; just think about this thread!

The biggest issue locally is not the fact that our current energy rate is highway robbery but how does our local Kwh/month consumption compare to that of other countries.

Thanks
Don't know if this helps since i'm in an apartment. It a 1200sq ft apartment, energy star certified or whatever that means. 1100 max during summer 550 low during winter. Unless you are without power for 3 weeks because of a damn huricane then its 280.
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$0, Uncle Sam picks up the tab.
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Don't have the bill in front of me, but I average 450 kw*hrs per month with electric HW heater, electric heat, no gas, 540 sq. foot house, no incandescent lighting. I live cheap.
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Thanks man!

I'm I reading your info right? Do you use over 2,500 kwh/month? I ask because part of the local argument is that the electric meters are tricked but if I understand you correctly, your consumption is more than double mine.



I presume a big chunk of the difference between the kwhs/month used by you and those used by me must be due to the fact that we only use 1 A/C (a 24,000 BTU unit on my bedroom) and only for 9 hours a day.
It usually hovers around 1750kwh per month.

We have a big, 15 seer heat pump outside. My Trane A/C system is only 1.5 years old. I cant remember the tonnage, but it is about 5ft tall. Based on my energy audits it accounts for 52.9% of my electric cost.
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$0, Uncle Sam picks up the tab.
lol koto! There's plenty of local guys who don't pay their tab but it's not due to Uncle Sam.
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Don't know if this helps since i'm in an apartment. It a 1200sq ft apartment, energy star certified or whatever that means. 1100 max during summer 550 low during winter. Unless you are without power for 3 weeks because of a damn huricane then its 280.
It sure helps. Can anyone convert the 1200sq ft to square meters. I have a 330 square meters apartment myself and as I posted before I average about 1,100 kwh/month.
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Don't have the bill in front of me, but I average 450 kw*hrs per month with electric HW heater, electric heat, no gas, 540 sq. foot house, no incandescent lighting. I live cheap.
Pat; those 450 kwhs/month is for you living on your own? Because if that is the case, I beat your cheapness.
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Average electric rates for the US by state:

Electric Power Monthly - Average Retail Price of Electricity to Ultimate Customers by End-Use Sector, by State

We are way down in the bottom 10% of the US with sub-$.08/kwh rates.
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Pat; those 450 kwhs/month is for you living on your own? Because if that is the case, I beat your cheapness.
Damn. Yeah, that's me living on my own. I say average. I run 350-400 kw*h /month in the spring and fall. Summer 400-450, winter 500-550. Average is around 450, maybe a bit lower. I swear I think my stereo system is sucking down 100 kw*h/month. My consumption used to be lower. Also, do you have electric heat and hot water heater?

Also 1 square meter = 10.76 square feet. So you live in a a 3229 square foot apartment and use less power than me?
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