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Old 02-06-2009, 07:22 PM   #21
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I used 514 kw/h last month. My bill was $41.17. So that's about $0.08/kwh.

I live by myself in a 900 sq ft home with central A/C, gas range, gas central heat, and gas water heater.

My gas bill was $44.00 last month with a "consumption" of 28 (no units listed).
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3300 kilowatts last month. Almost $500 bill. Close to $0.12 kw/h her in MD.

Big house, dual heatpumps, friggin' 22 degrees average last month. I do think one of my pumps is malfunctioning. I need to get the guy out here.

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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?
No, I use around 1,100 kwh/month but there's 4 of us living here. But, basically, I do use less power than you

Heat is only to heat the water and it's gas based. I use a gas heater for showering which is what's used in Europe. The great advantage is that I only consume gas when I turn on the hot faucet. And we also use stoves based on gas and not electricity like in the States.

No central A/C in these parts of the world. Ceiling fans ftw! I do use a 24,000btu A/C about 9 hours a day on average.
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3300 kilowatts last month. Almost $500 bill. Close to $0.12 kw/h her in MD.

Big house, dual heatpumps, friggin' 22 degrees average last month. I do think one of my pumps is malfunctioning. I need to get the guy out here.

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Frank; maybe you should check this site: Power-Save Energy Corp.- Save Energy, reduce electric bills, power save, save power, power-save, , low electric bills, lower electric bill, lower, electric, bill, lower heating bill

I bought and installed 1 of their units more than a year ago and it has made a difference in my kwh consumption.
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:15 PM   #25
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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.
Great link Stein. Many, many thanks!
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No, I use around 1,100 kwh/month but there's 4 of us living here. But, basically, I do use less power than you

Heat is only to heat the water and it's gas based. I use a gas heater for showering which is what's used in Europe. The great advantage is that I only consume gas when I turn on the hot faucet. And we also use stoves based on gas and not electricity like in the States.

No central A/C in these parts of the world. Ceiling fans ftw! I do use a 24,000btu A/C about 9 hours a day on average.
Ah, gotcha. Yeah, I have my hot water heater in my kitchen. So any energy it uses to produce heat that radiates out just heats my house. I'm guessing your got that fancy on demand one. Those are nice.

When I did a small remodel on this house I stuffed R19 in all the walls we exposed, it's sitting on a 10" thick slab, and I have 28" of blown insulation in the attic. My bedroom has new double pane windows too I got on clearance for $88 bucks. And I only heat my room in the winter. One heater on 500W keeps it toasty most of the time. Got a 14,000 BTU window unit in the living room that keeps the entire house cool in the summer. Probably runs 9 hours a day as well. Ceiling fan in every room of the house. Still cheaper than living on campus and I have no roommate. So I can't complain.
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Ah, gotcha. Yeah, I have my hot water heater in my kitchen. So any energy it uses to produce heat that radiates out just heats my house. I'm guessing your got that fancy on demand one. Those are nice.

When I did a small remodel on this house I stuffed R19 in all the walls we exposed, it's sitting on a 10" thick slab, and I have 28" of blown insulation in the attic. My bedroom has new double pane windows too I got on clearance for $88 bucks. And I only heat my room in the winter. One heater on 500W keeps it toasty most of the time. Got a 14,000 BTU window unit in the living room that keeps the entire house cool in the summer. Probably runs 9 hours a day as well. Ceiling fan in every room of the house. Still cheaper than living on campus and I have no roommate. So I can't complain.

A problem with local building methods is that we use cement blocks instead of the frames used in the States. It works perfectly in case of hurricanes but there's no insulation and the roof transfers too much heat inside (I live in the last floor).

About the water heater; no it's not a fancy one. I'll try to get a pic and show you. Everyone uses it in Europe. They are as cheap as it gets. First time I used one was at my parents' apartment in Madrid way back when I was a teenager.

BTW, I like the fact that you're straightforward and call them as you see them
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Flipped through a year's worth of bills. Looks like I pay $.09 per kw/h and use 800 to 1500 kw/h per month, depending on climate. Though I did find a bill from 07 for 2100 kw/h which was just under $200 with tax. Average monthly power bill is probably $125 or so. I do not have gas, house is all electric. In fall, early winter I pay only around $70 per month as I have a heat pump. However when it gets really cold out the electric heater comes on and that costs as much, if not more, to run as the a\c.
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i still haven't gotten my first bill, i'm a little scared as it's been damn cold since we've moved in and i've ripped apart the bathroom so it has no insulation, and i have 63 year old windows throughout
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A problem with local building methods is that we use cement blocks instead of the frames used in the States. It works perfectly in case of hurricanes but there's no insulation
It is the same in Florida. Having grown up here, I was shocked when I learned that most homes are constructed simply by nailing bits of wood together. Doesn't seem very solid to me.

When I lived in Carlsbad CA, my electric bill was typically around $25 per month. That was for an 800 square foot first-floor apartment. I never used the heater or A/C at all.

In Florida, I seem to recall that the bills have been in the $50 range. Large house, but I only turn on the A/C occasionally, and never the heater.

Unfortunately, I don't have records with me of what the actual kw/h consumption was.
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Flipped through a year's worth of bills. Looks like I pay $.09 per kw/h and use 800 to 1500 kw/h per month, depending on climate. Though I did find a bill from 07 for 2100 kw/h which was just under $200 with tax. Average monthly power bill is probably $125 or so. I do not have gas, house is all electric. In fall, early winter I pay only around $70 per month as I have a heat pump. However when it gets really cold out the electric heater comes on and that costs as much, if not more, to run as the a\c.
Ben, I'm really impressed by your kwh/month consumption. In fact, it's quite similar to mine. My consumption goes down to around 800 kwh/month from December to March and as the weather gets hotter and hotter it goes up to 1,200 kwh/month in the summertime.

I'm also impressed by the fact that your house doesn't have any gas appliances and you still manage to keep the total Kws used pretty low.
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I'll have to check out that power-save. My house is all electric but we're getting a propane fireplace insert to supplement the heat in the living room area.

Thanks for the link.

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I'll have to check out that power-save. My house is all electric but we're getting a propane fireplace insert to supplement the heat in the living room area.

Thanks for the link.

Frank
FWIW, I was so impressed with what happened in my house that I talked 2 friends into buying their own. Since their consumption was higher than mine; they had better results. I bought their $299 unit.
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Rafa -

I'll have to check the rates per Kwh and cubic-ft, but Jan's bills were $63 for electric and $54 for natural gas. Water heater and interior heat are gas, all other power consumption is electric. The house is ~2600 sq/ft, 5yrs old, 4-bdrm w/2 adults and 2 teens within.

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Last month was $0.237 per KWH.
Down from September 08, which was $0.346 per KWH.
Holy crap I need to get solar panels or something.
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$0.187 per kWh, about 650 kW last month for around $120 - that's just lights, fridge and elctronics. Heat and hot water are oil.
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Last month was $0.237 per KWH.
Down from September 08, which was $0.346 per KWH.
Holy crap I need to get solar panels or something.
You must have some figures wrong or maybe you don't live in the States?

I can't think of anyone who lives anywhere in the World who pays around 34 cents per kwh. Could you please doublecheck that?

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$320 last month at home
$3349 last month at bar! Ouch!
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I used 514 kw/h last month. My bill was $41.17. So that's about $0.08/kwh.

I live by myself in a 900 sq ft home with central A/C, gas range, gas central heat, and gas water heater.

My gas bill was $44.00 last month with a "consumption" of 28 (no units listed).
Our house is about the same cept maybe 1100ft^2 and our gas bill is consistantly 90 bucks a month in the winter. Shitty gas furnace in one room (not central, I hate it), gas range and gas water heater.

Electric is like 20-30 bucks a month in the winter.
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$320 last month at home
$3349 last month at bar! Ouch!
Ouch is right. Check out this site: Power-Save Energy Corp.- Save Energy, reduce electric bills, power save, save power, power-save, , low electric bills, lower electric bill, lower, electric, bill, lower heating bill
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