I'd bet on the fridge too. We had an old freezer and it was crazy how much it was costing us - I think we saved $20/month when we switched over to a newer one.
I have cleaned it all out. Will see if that helps. We only do a total of 12 dryer loads for 44 mins at most in a whole month. Maybe less. I have friends who do that in a week and their bills are lower, so while it might contribute, it's got to be something else. So frustrated at this point!
Is it possible that the heating element is going out, so that it takes a lot more electricity to warm it up?
I would suspect the old fridge first. Second thing I would check is the weather stripping around your outlier doors. You could be heating the porch if they aren't well sealed! You can also drop the temp on your water heater if its way up high. I know that made a nice difference on our bill and didn't effect our showers or laundry!
I do have a well, but it was all inspected for the purchase. You would *think* they could see/tell something like that? But, I will investigate it too! Good suggestion. I cannot hear it cycle as the pump house is outside w/ the well. But I can go and look/listen and see what I find.
They'll inspect it and make sure it works. Beyond that they could care less. So as long as its functioning when they inspect it, they won't sit and listen to see how often it cycles.
My guess is something wrong with the well pump, second would be the old fridge. Old refrigerators are huge energy suckers! Try the dollar bill trick to check the seals, close a dollar bill in the door then try to pull it out. If it slips right out or is very easy to pull out the seals aren't good and you need a new fridge.
I agree that the fridge is likely a contributing factor to the high bill, but I don't think that alone could cause the bill to be soo high! I think there is another problem somewhere, weather it is the heating system, the well or something else? Check out this link to a calculator that will help you figure out how much your fridge is using! I hope you get to the bottom of this quickly!
Not at all helpful, but just in case it makes you feel better...
Our house was built in 1987. It's 4000 sq feet (but half of that is a finished basement). Half geothermal heat, half propane. We generally ste the heat at 65 degrees during the day and 63 at night. Had an energy audit and followed most of the suggestions. And...we still used a whopping 2500 kw last month!
We also homeschool, and dh works frome home, so we have a lot of electronics going.
Thanks Iris. :) I am very rural and my utility co is done doing audits for the year in my area :( They will start again in Oct and I can call then and get on the list (not now!). My 'vampires' are all on one strip at my desk and turned off each night.
I did buy a Kill-A-Watt and my fridge has been plugged into it for 4 days. It says it will use only $12.49 of energy a month...sooooo that's not my culprit. Really leaning towards this being water related, and am working on finding someone to inspect my pump.