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I know there was a thread like this a while back, but I can't find it. I was hoping that I could compare our electric usage to others who are trying to be frugal.

I'm curious...
How many Kilowats/hour do you use each month?
Do you also have gas, and if so, what appliances run electric, which gas?
How big is your home, both sq. feet and # of people living there?

Last month we used 1600 kwh's. We live in a 1450 sq. foot home, family of 4. Everything in our house is electric- no gas at all. We have some energy saving appliances, like a heat-on-demand water heater, but also have a 23 year old AC unit that I am sure is an energy sucker. We keep the AC set at 80-81 in the summer. We also have a large pool and run the filter/pump about 12 hours/day. 90% or more of our lights are mini-flourescents. We don't keep the computer on when not in use. The kids (3 and 6) know to turn lights off when leaving a room. Other than replacing the AC unit (which we can't afford) and getting rid of the pool (which we love having) I don't know where else to cut back. Our bills are so high- unfortunately I don't have one in front of me to see what the utility co. charges/kwh. If you have that info for your bills, please share and I will post mine later. I think ours is high!
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We use 750kwh for a 1474 house with family of 4.
We heat with gas and wood and have a gas stove and water heater.

The bill is around 40 a month because we added wind energy.

Soon we'll be on solar and will just have the initial cost plus any maintenance.
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We used 1202 last month
We are a family of 5 who take showers of bathes every day.
We pump water for our house as well as another families water.
We have no ac
We dry everything in the dryer
We heat with wood
We have fluorescent bulbs
We have 2 freezers and 2 fridges
We have electric everything
We averaged 40 kwh a day usage
we pay about 8.5 cents a kwh
We also run a fan every night
Computer is shut off at night as is the tv and sound system
Our house is 1,000sqft
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We used 341 KWH last month.
Gas furnace and water heater, electric everything else

four people and lots of laundry, a deep freeze, but not much else "extra"

We have central air, but a climate that doesn't require actually using it it much (none on the current bill)
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we use between 800-900/month for the summer months
(it's about 300 or so in the winter because our heat is gas)

we live in a sandwiched townhouse that is about 1800 sq ft, with 4 of us

we have central AC, which is usually set at 76
electric dryer
extra freezer (which we are selling)
we do leave the computer on when we're not using it :
we have about half flourescent bulbs...but we don't use the lights during the day on most days
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About 350-400 a month during spring, summer and fall and double that during the winter

800 Sq ft for a family of 4. The house is not insulated at all

We only use gas for the water heater which sucks because gas is sooo freakin expensive

We don't use AC during the summer and during the winter we use electric heat

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Is it me or my area's electricity is REALLY expensive

I live in a 800 sqft apt. We live very frugally, last month we used 474 kwh
and the price we pay is 14 cents per kwh.
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I'm in awe at how little some of you all use. Our AC must be a huge factor in our usage. We got a brand new pool pump this summer and didn't notice a bit in the electrical usage. I know that takes up a lot, but you would think that going from a pump that was dying to a newer, modern one that works well would make a difference. We also barely saw a blip in the usage when we went from a regular hot water heater to the on-demand style one. i need to get home (at work now) to check my bill and see what we are being charged/kwh. So far, the only 2 people that mentioned it say 8.5 cents/kwh and 14 cents/kwh. One is practically double the other.
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Ours is $.14 per kwh. I am not going to embarass myself by posting how much we used this summer. But I will say that it's more per square foot than ANY of you so far...and we do NOT have a pool.
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"Delivery 359 Kwh" - that was for the July period.

1600 sq foot house
There were 2 adults one child during that time
My dryer is gas. Most everything else electric.
May have used a window a/c once or twice during that time.

I will add more later, have to run.

Update:
My electric use during September was 265kWh @ 6.25
1 adult, one child (during this month).
1 fridge
stove
tv
computer
washing machine
ceiling fan
lights.

pretty basic.

My Sept usage was almost 100 less ... and one adult less then in July.

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I posted above...but I wanted to add that we pay 6 cents per KWH
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7.4cents/kwh
For the past 12 mos, our low was 287 in November, our high was 583 in April. Two adults until March, when baby came. We have a window unit a/c which was run some during summer, but not regularly. We live in a 2 bedroom apt. (less than 800 sq ft.) and have gas for heat and hot water. All else is electric. I do have a chest freezer that is out on our deck, which I'm sure adds. And the refrig. is pre-energy star engergy sucker I'm sure.
Our average is 13 kwh/day.

ETA: we have a washer and dryer, also. The dryer works poorly and takes 1.5 cycles to dry throroughly. I am trying to use the drying rack more and just toss clothes in for 10 minutes at the end to fluff up. I typically wash 1 load per day. I also have a dishwasher that gets run about every other day. (I know I could save here).
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I checked last night and we are charged $0.14/kwh.
I still am so envious of how little most of you posting are using. I wish I could be there!!!
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Just got my new bill. 273 kWh for 30 days totallying $23.50

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We live in Illinois in a 2,200 sq ft, 128 year old house. Two adults and a toddler right now. We have gas heat and a gas water heater, but our A/C, stove, and dryer are electric. In the summer, we keep the A/C at 76 during the day and 74 at night.

Eight months of the year, when it's not summer, our electric usage is 600-750 kwh. Last year, we paid around 7.5 cents per kwh in the cooler months, but this year, it's around 8.5 cents. During the summer, we usually have three months around 1,200 kwh and one month at 2,100 kwh. Last year, the summer electric rate was around 8.0 cents per kwh, but this summer it fluctuated between 8.0 and 9.0 cents.

Our house is already pretty well insulated, but we're getting another layer of insulation and new siding next week, so we're hoping that drops the bills even more.
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It was in the near 100's in Augst and it was killing me to have the AC on so high but I'd rather not die of heatstroke while IN my home. 1501, bill $160

September 1172, bill $120

October.....305, bill $32.70

I live in a poorly insulated 1200 sf apartment built in 1970 and unplug everything and last month hung dry most everything, but did run the AC a few days.

But last month was my LOWEST ever usage month since I've been living in these apartments, 3+ years now.

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Wow! Liz, that's awesome!

We just got our bill, and we used 1593 KWH. I've tried so much to lower the KWH usage but I never see it go down, and I don't know what to do.

Our condo is 800 s.f. and everything is electric. We're a family of two adults and a toddler.

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For September:

kWh Use: 509
Bill: $80.85

Sq ft: 513
Electric appliances: Water heater, fridge, computer, TV.

NO washer/dryer, NO A/C, NO dishwasher. Stove is propane.
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I've tried so much to lower the KWH usage but I never see it go down, and I don't know what to do.
Sounds like me. Even the big things dont seem to make a difference- got the heat on demand water heater and saw a miniscule difference, new pool pump showed no difference. And these are BIG things. I wish we could somehow use less than 500 KWH like so many of you are posting. I would honestly be happy with less than 1200KWH at this point.
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Well I do run the wash quite a bit and also we have a dishwasher too, run that regularly.

I unplug EVERYTHING if it's not in use, with the exception of the W/D, the answering machine, the electric stove and an alarm clock. Our bills have definitely gone down.

I don't run the A/C unless the babe is sweating, and I live in the deep South. So that is REALLY hard.

Hang drying things has been the key.

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In Sept. we used 819 kwh. We are a family of 5. My dh works from home. Our house is 3 years old and we have an electric stove and a deep freeze. Our appliances are all energy star. We live in a split level with 1300 fsf upstairs and 1250 fsf unfinished downstairs.

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147 KWH For Sept
Aug was a little less

We have gas hot water and oil heat (wondering what that will cost us). We recently moved into a new apartment - pretty tiney. I stay home and have two children 3.5 yrs, 5 mos.

Children deserve the respect of puzzling it out.
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