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View Poll Results: electrical useage in KWHs per month.
less then 50kwh 2 4.76%
50-100kwh 2 4.76%
100-200kwh 4 9.52%
200-300kwh 5 11.90%
300-500kwh 11 26.19%
500-1000kwh 9 21.43%
over 1000kwh per month 7 16.67%
No idea, just blindly pay the bill. 2 4.76%
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Old 12-25-2008, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How much energy do you use at home?

As I was looking over my first full month's electric bill and heat bill for my new house I had to wonder how it ranks among other people here, granted not everyone else lives in a place that has been -10F for the last week but we all use electricity and I've found that almost all of my friends use more then I do, of course I tend to turn lights off at their house's and tell them how much they could save if they didn't leave a few 60 watt incandescent bulbs on all night as night lights (going to sneak some CF's in soon), I have two meters, one for the lower half of my house where no one is living (duplex style) and one for the upper half, the lower half gets the bill for the electric water heater and natural gas furnace with it's forced air blowers igniter's and all that stuff, the upper half has a fridge, electric stove, chest freezer, electric tea pot, lights, and a radio, all of this is shared by 3 adults, the bill for the lived in space is about what I suspected it would be, 93KWH of electricity coming to $8.52 and after taxes and surcharges it comes to $17.31, the other bill comes to around $50 just to run the water heater and run the furnace.
In the plans are a timer on the hot water heater, a gas range in the kitchen, a more efficient furnace, more LED lights (installed one LED in a floor lamp today) and to replace the rest of the incandescent bulbs with CF's as well.


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Old 12-25-2008, 10:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hard to compare, since I'm in a place this winter that's ALL electric: normal stuff, but also electric hot water heater and electric baseboard heating.

So far averaging 18.2 kWh/day, or about 550 kWh/month.

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Old 12-25-2008, 11:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am all electric. The water heater is turned off except for a few hours a day, the heat is turned off for all but 3-4, and im on time of use.

I used 760 KWH last month :-\ In November it was 350kwh. temperature is a big part of i guess.

Last year I was double that.

OH, zip code is 53024. I am probably one of the colder areas in the US (off the lake)
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Old 12-26-2008, 02:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Haha! Colder areas of the US. Yeah, I guess so, but I would never consider it cold if record lows were positive numbers. Just saying

I think if I look at all the usage for the past 3 years, between roommates and different homes/apartments I'd average 250kwh in the summer to 350-400kwh in the winter. I think the last one for Nov. was around 350kwh for the wife and I. When I was living with roommates we topped 600kwh once, and managed to keep it below 500kwh from there on out. I think our lowest (fully moved in) was 320kwh in the summer, no AC A/C suckers.
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it was -10 all last week butthead -40 with the windchill.
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1130kWh/month in winter, 610 in summer.

Everything is electric and the house is 100m˛. The outside temperature are freezing/near freezing nowadays.

As I decided one month ago to note every day our daily/nightly consumption, we detected a misconfiguration of one of the heat system programmers : its clock was 10 hours in advance. The max week was at 49kWh/day before correction. The 2 last weeks were at 37kWh/day after a few optimizations :
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I have always to identify the source of around 100W consumed continuously... ie 80kWh/month.

To comfort myself, our 1130 kWh/month in winter are used by 3 people and we are using 13% less since the baby is here

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I have to laugh at the optimism in the poll options. Seriously, how many of you have families of 5 or more and are using anywhere near or below 1000kWh/month?
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I hope not many of us have families of 5 or more.
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I can run under 200 kwh/mo excluding my electric heat.

Also, I once had a friend point out to me that it is a bit redundant to say "hot water heater". Ever since then I also find it not redundant so much as just incorrect.

Why would you need an appliance to heat hot water? I use my "water heater" to heat cold water, exclusively.
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I have to laugh at the optimism in the poll options. Seriously, how many of you have families of 5 or more and are using anywhere near or below 1000kWh/month?
lookit the name of the website.

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