We average 12.9 kWh/day May-Oct.
We average 33.3 kWh/day Nov-Apr. This is because we have electric baseboard heating (no furnace).
We are billed for two months at a time. The summer bills are about $120 for two months, the winter bills can be $200-350 for two months, depending on outside temperature.
Mommy to N , born 2/20/12.
My most recent bill, up to Oct 14, we averaged 20.05 kWh/day. Bill looked like this for a 62 days period:
Green Electricity $110.66
Provincial Benefit $47.44
Regulatory Charges $8.08
Debt Retirement Charge $8.34
Hot Water heater Rental $20.72
What drives me crazy is that regardless of how much or how little I use, the majority of the charges don't change. I could average 2 kWh/day and yes, the Electricity line on my bill would show a smaller amount but the rest of the bill would stay the same.
We get billed every two months.
Our account history shows:
2009-10-14 20.05 kWh/day
2009-08-13 17.95 kWh/day
2009-06-10 21.24 kWh/day
2009-04-15 29.12 kWh/day
2009-02-11 42.74 kWh/day
2008-12-12 26.17 kWh/day
2008-10-10 19.25 kWh/day
Mommy to N , born 2/20/12.
We just moved into our house and got an electric bill for 37 days.
We have *everything* electric (heat, hot water, stove etc)
Our consumption for 37 days was 1610kWh = 43.51 /day
The first 30 kWh per day are charged at .0545$
Remaining consumption is charged .0746$
2 adults living in a 935sq ft house
We have all CFL light bulbs, use the stove once a day, had the heat on since we moved in*, have all new appliances, no freezer plugged in yet, keep the computer on all the time*, have an old water heater but it was only in use 17 out of 37 days and we've been without water since (don't ask, should be in this weekend and we have a brand new water heater to go in).
We have new windows but the biggest culprit is lack of insulation in this 100 year old house that has a cheaply built addition that was tacked on in the 60's. The heat is *always* on in the addition (digital thermostats with wavy lines showing). We had an EcoEnergy evaluation (I started a tread about it a couple weeks ago) and they figured we have a 19.5ACH (AIR CHANGE PER HOUR!!!) rate. Which means all our heat is going outside.
We're slowing insulating and paying as we go for hydro (vs equal payment plan) so that we can see how the work is affecting our bill.
Are you sure all those items would stay the same if you used less? My bill is dramatically higher during winter months due to electric heating, and my Delivery, Regulatory, and Debt Retirement charges all get dramatically higher as well. They are linked to the amount of kWh you use - at least they are with Toronto Hydro.
As for those wondering about why it varies so much from household to household, it could be that some have gas powered hot water heater and others have electric hot water heater. It probably makes quite a difference.
Don't mind me. Just brainstorming to find some of the causes of these huge differences.
My useage in the summer with a window A/C is 33/kwh a day or so. In the winter with the heat at 65 it can get up to 70/kwh a day. We are 2 adults and 1 child in 800 sqft duplex.
Our latest usage was: 23.13kWh @ $3.07/cost per day
Last year's usage was: 22.62kWh @$ 2.95/cost per day
Now I'm all over DH to start shutting down our powerstrips for the TV/console systems and the computer at night to see if we can reduce our use that way for electricity.
Next month I'm hoping to see a difference!
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3600 sq ft house
22 kWh/day in Oct.
Our highest month was August when we used 40 kWh/day.
This is probably terrible, but I've never tried to lower our electric bill. I do shut off lights whenever I find one on (which is often), but our computers are never shut off at night. They do go into sleep mode, though--I assume that uses less electricity. We only have one refrigerator and we use gas for almost everything (range, furnace, water heater, dryer). I'm kind of thinking 22 kWh might be on the high side in that case. Hmm, I wonder how much electricity the dishwasher uses. . . I run it twice a day, which is totally not optional.
My DH is TERRIFIED of running the AC. He's sure that one of these days we're going to get hit with a $500/month bill. So if we ran the AC as much as our neighbors I'm sure we'd use much more than 40 kWh/day in the summer. I feel fine about our AC use.
We (4of us) live in a 900 sq foot bungalow with fully finished 900 sq foot basement. The only thing running on gas is the furnace. We don't have air conditioning or use fans. We have a dryer but don't use it. The mac is on all the time, the tv is rarely on (it's for dvd's only, no cable). I keep the lights off until the sun goes down.
1000 sq ft house, one level
Old house, but brand new windows
YTD is 8.7 Kwh/day. I'm quite happy about that!
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I would do some sleuthing. Turn off absolutely everything, then go and look at your meter. Then turn things back on one by one and see what's using more power than you expect.
Last year, we paid $3.47 per kWh and this year it's $3.37 per kWh.
So for Oct '09:
Energy Use Charge
250.000 kWh x 5.12400¢12.81
717.000 kWh x 6.89900¢49.47
967.000 kWh x 0.21200¢2.05
967.000 kWh x 2.89700¢28.01
Darn - our electric basic service charge is 16.21
My total usage for October was 291Kwh or 9.38 per day (1.70 / day)
I have a 1600 square foot house, electric stove, washer/dryer. No computers plugged in (I havent set that up yet). 1 adult, one child 4 furry animals. Drafty (getting insulation blowin next week).
Heat is gas.
4 people, electric stove and water heater, 1000 sq ft house.
4 people and about 1100 sq ft home.
Unassisted birthing, atheist, WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids 17, 11, 6, 3
Aug 28- Oct 28
Basic charge: 62 days @ $0.12640/day - $7.84
Step 1: 1113 kWh @ $0.05910/kWh - $65.78
Step 2: 0 @ 0.08270/kWh
Rate Rider at 1% - $0.74
Innovative Clean Energy Fun Levy at 0.4% - $0.30
GST - $3.72
Our average daily comparison is 18 kWh, last year it was 16 kWh.
In August we used 25 kWh compared to the 21 kWh last year.
We do use our air conditioner more during the summer now that we have a baby. I try and keep all our lights off we aren't using, and started line drying in the summer, and hanging more clothes up indoors during the winter. We do have one computer running all the time because it's out PVR. I was going to ask DH if we could shut it off at night.
We have gas for heating and hot water and electric everything else. I think our house is 1200 sq ft?...I can't remember.
Oct '08: 37.4 kWh
Nov '08: 35.8 kWh
Oct '09: 33.3 kWh (averaged out of 29 days of service)
Nov '09: 30.3 kWh (averaged out of 31 days of service)
We are doing a bit better! DH still isn't turning off his PC at night. I changed the settings on my laptop to make it go into hibernation mode after 20 min of no use. I need to get on DH to do the same! Otherwise, I am still sure a huge suck is the extra freezer. I am so tempted to unplug it. It's old, we only have a couple of things in it on average, though quite a bit of frozen juice. Ack!
DH is turning the heat on every 2-3 days for 20-30 min at a time (before I notice and turn it down/off). Even with socks and a shirt and sweatshirt, he is freezing. :/ It's 62 in the house at 1am, so it's not bad, just something he is adjusting too, I guess (last fall/winter we'd be at 68 right now).
Yay. So happy to see it even lower though. I am sure it won't be as low for December, since I am sure we'll turn the heat on here and there, where as we didn't for the most part in November (well, once it's over, lol).
174 kw of electric for the month/about 6.3 per day (includes hot water)
14 therms of gas
We also have oil heat and usually buy between 200-300 gallons of oil each year
The gas and electric cost about a dollar a day for the actual energy and another dollar a day for all the fees and taxes.
We live in an old two-story rowhouse and are super strict about turning off lights and power strips.
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It's weird, because some people have such a LOW usage compared to me and others are dramatically higher. I don't get why there is such a difference. I know there's differences when it comes to number of people in home, size of home, energy efficiency, etc. But that dramatic of a difference? Hmm..
I'm going to get better about turning off our power strips as well. :/
We used 1000 kwh last month. total of $90. Which isn't bad at all, considering we have a heat pump and all our heat comes from electricity until it dips below 27 degrees. So, that $90 was all our electricity ANd all our heat. Our gas bill was a mere $13 worth of mostly fixed charges. So...$103 total for gas and electricity last month.
ETA: we are awful about usage. We live in an really old house, almost 90 years old, no insulation, crap old windows, etc. The house itself is about 900 sq feet,m but the basement is finished, which adds in another 900 sq ft, all of which we heat and use lights in, etc.
We have at least 4 TV's and 3 computers plugged in at ALL times, kitchen appliances, etc. We make NO effort to ration heat or hot water, etc. We do at LEAST 12 loads of laundry per week, minimum. (7 people, including 1 in CD's and a dh with a stinky, dirty job). Heck, my stepsons have half the downstairs to themsleves as their rooms, and I frequenbtly go down there randomly and find their lights are all on, even thugh the last time they visited was 2, 3, 4+ days ago....
Ya, we're bad. Really bad. But we're still paying almost nothing. *shrug*
I'm so impressed others are so low and even manage to get lower, but I just can't figure out how to lessen our usage? The only thing 'extra' I can think of is we have a roomba, it's always plugged in... but that can't use that much can it? Or maybe it is the stove top... with six of us and all meals homemade it is getting used a great deal. We don't even have clocks plugged in, or a dvd player...??
Our lowest is 10 and our highest is 21 which is a record when I had both a/c's on 24-7 in August.
We lived in a 30yr old house, NON insulated, in semi tropical australia this time last year. Our bill was 600dollars for this time of year, roughly. The rate at that time was .14c kwh. I don't even KNOW how many kwh's we actually used per day as I don't have the bills anymore. In that property we had 2 air conditioners that got used fairly regularly in summer, same computers, electric cooking AND electric hot water. The biggest killer of that was zero insulation I think.
About 8months ago we moved to a brand new house (we rent) with gas stovetop, gas hot water (on demand so no tank) and insulated to the teeth. Our latest bill is 19.44kWh per day avg. Half way through the quarter our rate went up to .17kWh ... avg daily cost was about 3.56 for a family of 5, occasional air conditioner users, 2 computers running (although in sleep/energy saver mode at night), and with 6 ceiling fans on pretty much since the minute we moved in here in April . Our electric bill for the quarter ending in october (so over 'winter' such as it is here) was 350..gas for cooking/hot water was 100
cost just went down to .1139 per kwh.
i actually feel pretty good about this but it would be nice to get it lower.
When I do dishes, it's one sink full of water including rinsing each day. I also use the toaster oven as often as I can instead of the full sized oven. But even so, we have an ancient (55yr old) oven/range which is apartment sized (24" vs 30" wide) so it uses less energy to heat up as well.
DH and I - totally winging life with our four children, DS1 (6.5yrs), DS2 (5yrs), DD (3yrs) and DS3 (1)!
It says our average daily is 16 and our average monthly is 589.
We have gas for the stove,furnace,and water heater.We also have a newer septic system with pumps,aeration,and alarm that runs all the time.
I like trying to get the bill down lower each time.This month it was almost a $1 more than last.I do the same with gas and water.Water is a tough one to get down.
Thats with an electric stove, drier, and 2 computers that run 24/7.
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