Helpful, but I'm wondering about more recent. Or maybe there was more recent and I can't find it! I hate how the search feature here always returns things from 2005-2009 first. Makes me irriatated! LOL
Anyway, we just moved into an old farmhouse and I'm appauled at our bill. I can't figure out where it's all going! I purchased a house and took over billing in October. It sat empty until end of January when we moved in. Our first bill was for 32 days, and 1365 kWh $141.83. Second was for 1664.00 and only 29 days and was $172.05. Avg daily temp was 27 & 26 degrees respectively, so cold.
This doesn't even include the fact that we've gone through nearly $300/$400 in heating oil each of those months in ADDITION to the electricty as the actual furnace is run on fuel oil! For the period covered by the March bill, we used 123.4 gallons of fuel oil ($425.26).
When we weren't living here, I had gone through and unplugged EVERYTHING other than one phone/answering machine and the furnace was at 50. The water heater was drained/off during this period (and since replaced). And had two lights (CFC bulbs) on for 2 hrs/3 hrs each that came on with a timer. My bills were $18-20 for electric, so I have been SHOCKED by how high they are. I can't figure out where it's all going when we are here. Fuel oil was about half as well, though it was warmer most of the months we weren't here.
I do 2-3 loads of laundry a week (1 hot, others cold) and do dry them. I will eventually hang to dry, but I don't know if it will make that much difference.
We have an outdoor 'flood light' on a motion censor in our driveway, but this was on when we were gone too. (Though probably didn't come on as much when we were gone as no one really came up to the house. Comes on probably 2-4 times a night now as we take our dog out that door to the potty. Only on for 5 mins each time.)
We are home A LOT as we homeschool, live very rural, and we cook 95% of our meals at home from scratch.
We turn off lights when we aren't using them.
All have CFC bubs with the exception of a bigger flourescent fixture in the kitchen.
We heat with heating oil with an electic fan/distribution system. (The furnace is less than 5 yrs old.)
Auto-thermostat and it's kept at 60 day/55 night, and we did have some severely cold weather (below zero) during both of these periods where it felt like it ran non-stop just to keep it at that.
BRAND new supposedly energy efficient water heater installed in March when my bill was actually higher!?
I covered ALL windows in the house with blankets to try to keep some heat in.
1/2 of the house has newer double pane energy star windows but the other half does not.
House is SMALL. Only about 900 sf living space, then another 200-250 sf of a covered porch/laundry area that doesn't get heated directly, only what comes out of the house as go in/out and a small vent into laundry area from the furnace room in the cellar (dirt floor) below the main part of the house.
Use propane for our kitchen stove.
The fridge (which I had unplugged when we were gone) is REALLY old. Maybe 15-20 years? Could this be using a ton of electric? We have three computers--two laptops and a desktop. Two used for school for boys probably 4-6 hrs a day they are on, and mine seems to be perpetually on as I'm looking up this or that or just goofing around. So we run a modem/router/one phone-answering machine combo. And, I have a combo printer that has a power save and shuts itself/screen off when not in use and I don't unplug it. I sew and am good about unplugging when not in use.
Everything else we are really good about unplugging when not using--coffee pot, toaster, cell phone chargers, etc--all get pulled out of outlet when not in direct use.
Any ideas??? I feel like we are always cold and in the dark and STILL spending FAR too much!!
My plan is to get a wood stove before next winter to help with the fuel oil expense, and because we have no back-up heat source here and I don't like that. Perhaps replace fridge? Look at insulation? I'm at a loss as to what would really help since when we weren't here....it was so low.
ETA: I pulled the bills for kWh while we were gone.
Jan 30 days: 61 kWh used for the ENTIRE month. This was with the furnace turned way down and our fuel oil consumption was 1/2 the current fuel oil consumption (so should I assume that using 2x that would be about 120 kWh for heating? or is that a bad assumption). Having 2 lamps on a few hrs a day. Outdoor light. Phone plugged in. (Fridge unplugged. Water heater drained and off.)
Mar 29 days: 1664 used (57.4 kWh a day!) So basically we're using in a day what we used in a month not here?? That just seems impossible since we are so careful (or so I thought....)
Edited by Momsteader - 3/25/11 at 4:23pm