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Am I the only one up here in the NorthEast Kingdom that finds the cost of electric in VT to be hideously exorbitant?<br><br>
Does anyone have any suggestions? Commiseration?<br><br>
My electric bill TRIPLED moving from PA to here...I wish we could just do without it, but we aren't there yet.<br><br>
dreaming of wind power, solar power, anything!
 

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Everything is more expensive in New England. When I lived in O.C., CA my elec. bill was only 35.00 a month and i was always leaving lights on & such. Groceries are also way more expensive....especially health food. New Hampsire's electric rates are worse than VT
 

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I'm with you...<br><br>
Our elec. bill last month was $195!!!! We're not home during the day, and we go to bed relatively early (and I read in bed with a headlamp), so the lights aren't on much (and we have CFL's), hang the laundry instead of use the dryer, etc. Our water heater only uses about $25 a month. We shut our power off at the power strip (computer and the like) - we don't leave things plugged in (like cell chargers). What's the deal?!?!?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
We're looking to go solar in the next five years. Maybe start with a solar water heater...
 

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Thank you for posting that - it is just unbelievable how careful we are, and yet we are having $180 bills regularly.<br><br>
It's so nuts - we are so busy trying to scramble to keep up with this bill that we aren't able to afford things that might offset it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">...<br><br>
I'd love to get solar or wind, but I need to find some way that we can afford it.
 

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Agreed, our electric bills are double what they were in California, though luckily they top out at around $75.<br><br>
We'd also like to look into solar or wind and an alternative heat source because heating oil is so expensive.
 

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Our bill tripled when we moved here from Portland, OR. When our first bill came we thought there was some kind of mistake. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> We work on keeping lights off and hang dry most laundry etc. I heard that it is expensive because we import it from Canada. Anyway, just wanted to commiserate with you.
 

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It must be the Canada thing for you all who live in Northern VT, because ours down here is never more than $90.00 and we are not that great at conserving<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It must be the Canada thing for you all who live in Northern VT, because ours down here is never more than $90.00 and we are not that great at conserving<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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I don't live in Northern Vermont - we're in Rutland County... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">:<br><br>
And I want to add that our house is only like 900 sq. feet - so we're not lighting a mansion!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
And we're on an off-peak meter...<br><br>
curiouser and curiouser...
 

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do you have electric heat box_of_rain? if not, i would call your electric provider and see they can help you figure out the problem because that's out-of-this-world for a residential, non-electric heated house.
 

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I don't know grnmtnmama...we are _super_ careful, do not have electric heat - and our average is $180. It has gone higher at times. Our only option up here (that I am aware of!) is WEC. I have not been impressed with them on other counts either.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">do you have electric heat box_of_rain? if not, i would call your electric provider and see they can help you figure out the problem because that's out-of-this-world for a residential, non-electric heated house.</div>
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Nope - no electric heat...fuel oil - which cost us close to $2000 this winter!<br><br>
We have called the elec. co. and they went over our bill with us twice!! Seems legit. I also have a friend who works for CVPS (our elec. co.) and he looked at the bill as well.<br><br><br>
It's just absolutely highway robbery.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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We have gas heat and our electric bill is around $170-$190. We had electric heat in Oregon and our highest bill was $140 though we averaged $100 most of the winter and $55 in the summer.
 

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So does anyone know what's really up with this? Because it doesn't make sense to me, and I really want to find a way out of it!
 

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I think our stove may be a part of the problem. We currently have an electric stove and I bake A LOT. I bake all of our bread (3 loaves a week), among many other things. That stove is crankin' all day many weekends.<br><br>
We're looking to replace our current oil guzzling hog of a furnace with a propane boiler so that we can get a gas stove. We'd also get a woodstove, which we could cook on, as well. I think we'll see a drastic reduction in elec. cost when we make that switch (which we plan to do at the end of the summer).<br><br>
Hopefully.
 

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We have Green Mountain Power, and a 1200 square foot home, oil heat, gas stove, are good about turning out lights and we average $70 per month.<br><br>
here's an interesting list of <a href="http://www.city.ames.ia.us/ElectricWeb/energyguy/appliances.htm" target="_blank">electrical consumption</a> of common appliances.<br><br>
Even though the bill is legitimate, I would still contact <a href="http://www.efficiencyvermont.com/pages/Residential/" target="_blank">Efficiency Vermont</a> and see if they can help you figure out what is causing the bills to be so high.
 

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Do you have copies of your recent bills? What is the rate per kWh? How many kWh are you using each month?<br><br>
Here in PA, (about 15 miles from where WoadAbode recently moved from) I'm looking at our October bill. Our total rate was 0.13979/kWh, and we used 629 kWh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"> (We used to be *much* lower, we can't figure out where it's all going. We've used a Kill-A-Watt to track some of our appliances. I think our well pump might be broken, and pumping constantly. We have to get the water folks out here to look at it.) Anyway, at that, with the customer charge (flat rate), our total bill was $93.11.
 

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Hey folks - I highly recommend Efficiency Vermont (well, cause I work there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) to help figure out why your bills are so high. Our house is around 1300 sq. ft and our bills are always less than 100. If the website isn't helpful, please call our Customer Service and they can help you figure out why your bills are what they are...<br><br>
I can probably help folks figure out what the specific culprits are as well if you're interested...
 

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Oh, very interested!!!<br><br>
Our house is 1000 sq foot, oil/wood heat, and we are very very aware of our usage. (like turning off lights, anything that might have a ghost pull is on a power strip to turn off, hang laundry as much as we can, that sort of thing - but there's _something_ that we're apparently missing!)
 

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Yikes!<br><br>
Our electric bill is always between $45 and $55.<br>
And that includes a little extra we pay voluntarily to support CVPS's Cow Power program.<br><br>
Our house is about 1700 sq ft (!!), we're usually home, and we used 356 kw last month.<br>
Our range, dryer, and water heater are all propane, though.<br><br>
How old is your fridge? Do you have a storage freezer?<br><br>
There's an organization near us called SEVCA: SouthEastern Vermont Community Action.<br><a href="http://www.sevca.org/weatherization/" target="_blank">http://www.sevca.org/weatherization/</a><br>
We applied for their Weatherization program, were found to be eligible, and they came out and took a close look at our house. They helped us figure out what we could do to be more efficient -including supplying us with flourescent light bulbs- and sent a team of workers out to seal up air leaks, insulate the attic, etc. Very cool.<br>
I think there are comparable agencies throughout Vermont.<br><br>
Let us know what you figure out!!!<br>
How much do you pay per kwh?
 
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