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#1 of 13 Old 02-02-2006, 02:42 PM - Thread Starter
 
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$25.oo.....HUH??

We got our 1st electric bill since changing every bulb in the house to those very expensive energy saving bulbs that are supposed to help cut the cost of electricity bill drastically.
Well umm....it went the other way.

We havent had an estimated read since I call and complained LOUDLY about them charging us 25 one mo and 100 the next then again 25....so on.. So I know its not that.

Well our bill just rose $25.oo since changing the bulbs. HOw is this possible??

I am the only one home all day with the baby. We have one TV on randomly, and NO lights till 5pm and then it goes to one light.
There was no rate increase that I know of...(ma moms anyone know?)
How can this happen

Has anyone else had that problem or do I have to take all the bulbs now so no one can use lights..We are on an EXTREMELY tight budget as Im sure most can relate.

UGH!!

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You switched over to the compact fluorescent bulbs? That's odd! We switched over several months ago (when we moved) and didn't notice an increase in our bill.

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We got the GE from WM for 6 for $10 and our bill went down. They use 15 watts. They are spiral looking

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Any other changes in your electricity usage? Using any of the other appliances more than you used to? Could there be an "energy leak" from something other than the lights?

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I have those spiral looking ones too (that flicker to come on) but my bill is really cheap. That's odd! Can you check a prior bill to see if there was a rate increase?

Do you have electric heat? Is it automatically controlled? Maybe it clicked on too many times? (We have gas heat with a thermostat and it clicks on automatically when it gets below a certain temp).

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The rate went up this month! That might be it.
Did you check the actual electric/energy usage?
Or, it's also possible you have a fixed rate for your bill..
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Is your hot water heater working correctly?

We had one that decided to stay on all the time instead of going off when the water reached a certain temp. It did a terrible number to the power bill

Is somebody stealing power from you?

We have the fluorescent bulbs that screw in, they help keep the bill down.
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Yep, rates went up in MA.
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UGH!!
Figures the rates went up in MA...How could I expect anything less..well That ought be the problem then,,

BUt...to answers some questions...
Yes we have them spiral ones as well...
Other appliances/energy leak....No we have cut down our laundry washinmg dramatically since DP got uniforms issued by his job so now he has now cut his weekly laundry in half and now only does it every 2 wks instead on every wk...as far as a leak...we have a thought that the upstairs apt's dryer is somehow powering off us since everytime they use theors and we use ours at the same time ours for some reason doesnt dry...hmm...but just from the lessend laundry loads our bill should be less..we are checking into that though..
We have baseboard heating I have no idea if it is electric but we dont pay for it anyhow even if it was electric is is on a separate line that goes to the landlord..hehe!!


well thanks for the possible suggestions to what it could be ...It really was a baffle...till now ...UGH MASS STINKS..
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i hear ya, this was the second (or was it third?) time the raised the price since 2005.
btw, did you check on the actual usage? i have to pay 30 more, and i used less electric, so.. i'm almost certain you actually did use less, just different prices/rates..
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How old is your fridge? A non-efficient one can cause a big energy leak.

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Yep - rate hike time. ( again) Our bill jumped $20.

We have NSTAR for gas and electric - the top of this month's bill had the rate change information for three of the charge sections printed across the top. I compared it to a november bill (the first one I found in the papers to be sorted pile) -almost every section has jumped - some of the charge rates more than doubled.

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How old is your fridge? A non-efficient one can cause a big energy leak.

Yep..We got a pretty old frige. Dp just doesnt know how to let go of things. We have a storage unit that we cant afford to pay for ..for all his crap, so Im sure buying a new energy efficient frige will only make less space in the unit as he wouldnt throw out the old one for old time sake.....but that topic is a whole new thread

I know that is the one thing in our apt that uses the most electricity.
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