I have a question (lurkers encouraged!) about kwh usage

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I have a question (lurkers encouraged!) about kwh usage

What is your kilowatt hour usage (on your bill will be listed as kwh) for the month or day or however you have it figured?

How many sq ft is your home?

How many people live there?

Things that would affect kwh usage, such as extra freezers/fridges, electric everything, SAHM with kiddos during the day, lights on kind of family (like mine), abnormally hot or cold month?

I'm on a research mission, PLEASE help me!

(links to pages containing this type of information gets bonus points Biggrin )

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Okay. My house is about about 1950 sq ft. It's 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath. I keep the temp set to 78. I try to alway turn the lights off when I leave a room, but the kitchen and living room fans are always on. It's electric cooling, electric stove. Just one fridge.

According to our last bill the meter reading was 2277 kwh. This was our highest bill this year yet.

Here is the summary of our usage:

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I totally cropped that! Maybe photobucket will catch up to itself!

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I'm zero help, but if I get bored later I'll google like crazy. We don't pay any utilities (but yet we're charged twice the amount of what this place is actually worth for this area).

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Christa, if you are curious what the new house uses you can call your electricity company and ask them. I was able to find out with all the potential homes I looked at as long as I had the address, if this is why you are curious..

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We average 500-650 kwh per month over the year. Our house is 850 sq ft, very energy inefficient (working on that ;)), and its bloody hot here. We have a "smart" thermostat (whatever that means) and it stays at 78 when we're here and 86 when we're not (which is a good portion of the day since we work). We keep lights off when we're not in a room, we only watch TV in the evening, and we don't have any major energy sucking appliances other than the AC although everything is electric. I'm pretty sure the dryer is a good 10-15% of our usage.

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i'm pretty sure you can ask to see one of their electric bills too.

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"laurensmitty1982" wrote:

Christa, if you are curious what the new house uses you can call your electricity company and ask them. I was able to find out with all the potential homes I looked at as long as I had the address, if this is why you are curious..

"janijanis" wrote:

i'm pretty sure you can ask to see one of their electric bills too.

I have seen one, that's the problem. They're outrageous so we're pricing a new HVAC system, new windows and just wondering what normal usage is for a house that big that is more up to date. That house right now has one of the MOST inefficient systems there ever was. It's a natural gas boiler with radiant ceiling heat. There's no ceiling fans to push the warm air down, it's sitting empty so there's nothing for the radiant heat to heat (it heats things not air). I talked to a friend that owns a heating and air business and he said they put that system in when natural gas was dirt cheap and you could afford to and I quote "piss it away" so it's probably only sitting around 45% efficient and maybe less with it being empty. We're looking into the cost to make a house that size efficient.

Our biggest problem is that our house now is ridiculous. Our usage for (granted the hottest month we've had in a LONG time) July was 2273 kwh. That's insane considering that I don't keep lights on during the day (as long as it's not cloudy) and have one hot water heater that is gas (and 3 people shower in that bathroom). Usually our usage sits around 1000 kwh/ month with 5 people, multiple computers, SAHM and a 2100 sq ft house. DH is contending that you would probably double that because the sq footage would be doubling, I think he's wrong and Google and I are out to prove him wrong Biggrin I've been making him look up the usage on some of the mini-mansions around here and surprisingly they're very much affordable. We pay around $100/ month with another $92 added in for propane when I average out our fills on a no a/c, no heat month. In town they have a system where you can see tomorrow's hourly electricity prices and do things like run the dryer or the stove or whatever at non-peak hours. That right there has decreased the users of that systems bills 10-15%. I'm just on a mission to PROVE to DH that we can swing this house. If I'm wrong, well, then I'm wrong, but I'm not going to roll over like he has and just assume we can't afford it. When I play, I play rough BiggrinBiggrin

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If you get energy efficient windows, they'll make a huge difference. Our fall/spring energy usage is 330-400 kwh, and in winter/summer it's 460-530. Our house is 1212 square feet.

We also have all energy efficient lightbulbs, and most things are plugged into power strips so they don't drain energy when not in use (tvs and dvd players are huge power vampires). We don't have air conditioning. We do have a chest freezer, and we run the clothes dryer far too often (I really should line dry more often). There is always a computer on, and I'm home most of the time during the day.

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"abacaxi" wrote:

We don't have air conditioning.

How do you not have an a/c in the desert?!

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Christa, my grandparents didnt use an a/c for the longest time and they lived in Arizona too but they did have a swamp cooler.. It would keep like 3 rooms cold.. I have no idea how they managed but Im guessin they just got used to it.. My grandma finally bought one after my granpa passed away.

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"abacaxi" wrote:

We don't have air conditioning.

Mental note: do not go to Rowan's house for playdates in the summer.

Things like energy efficient windows make a huge difference. We were looking at newer houses before we bought this place and even larger houses with cheap newer windows had lower average energy usage (averages likely from non-crazy hippies such as us). Our windows are the original single pane junk windows from 1979. However, if you're worried about affording the utility bill in the short term, installing new windows will likely cost you a heck of a lot more than you'll save; especially with a huge house. Our house has just 6 windows and we've put that off because we simply can't afford it.

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The windows have to go anyway because half of them don't open and I'm an open window girl, they HAVE to open or I'm not going near it Smile They are actually pretty decent windows considering how old they are. We have windows, new HVAC and new flooring built into the amount we would make off selling this house. (of course, all of this is dependent on them taking our low ball offer. it's been sitting for quite some time so hopefully that is motivating them!)

I did tell DH that I want to get over there and see if the windows are maybe just painted shut or maybe with a little finagling they could be persuaded to work. Some of the screens need replaced but that's peanuts compared to replacing 66 windows Wink