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Average electricity bill for 2bdrm ~900 sq. ft. apartment?

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  • #528214

    myliftkk
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    Living in a 1920s house ~1600-1800sq ft, vinyl windows and gas water/heat, and power is running ~$100/mo right now. Looks like the last gas bill ~$85/mo, and that’s keeping it set at 68-69. Now, my power would be a lot lower, but I run multiple pcs nearly 24/7/365, and combined they probably account for $40-50/mo.

    I’d say you’re either bleeding heat and your furnace is running non-stop (which is pretty easy to verify), or you’ve got some sort of electrical issue pulling power when it shouldn’t (which you can check breaker by breaker). If you’re bleeding heat, and you have a basement, you might want to check the fittings on all the ductwork and air leaks into the basement (assuming you can get to it). I used multiple rolls of metal aluminum tape to seal off every air leak I could find in the basement here, since old school elements like coal doors leak massive amounts of heat.

    #528215

    groundrules
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    for $20 you can get a device to measure specific power usage at the plug. it’s interesting, especially for you electron misers.

    #528216

    ches08
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    We had an electrician come in and measure the “draw” from each breaker. He confirmed there is no bleed coming from the breakers.

    We also have one of the devices to measure usage on different things that we have plugged in, but nothing is measuring out of the ordinary.

    #528217

    Twixlen
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    ches08 said:
    We had an electrician come in and measure the “draw” from each breaker. He confirmed there is no bleed coming from the breakers.

    We also have one of the devices to measure usage on different things that we have plugged in, but nothing is measuring out of the ordinary.

    If your furnace is older – even 10 years makes a difference here – it’s that, combined with general air leak. An electric furnace is pretty much the most expensive way to heat a house. That said, one of the cheapest places I ever lived had electric baseboard heat, with a thermostat in each room – that was awesome.

    I have a 1500 sq ft house, built in 1959, with almost no insulation, and aluminum awning-style windows. I keep the house at 64-65 most of the winter, sometimes cranking it all the way to 67. In the summer, I keep it around 74-75, sometimes a teeny bit lower. I have budget payments, and combined, I’m at $165 for both electric & gas, with a high efficiency heat pump (uses more electric than gas). I also have two layers on nearly every window – usually a thermo-lined roman shade + some kind of drape, in some cases thermo-lined drapes.

    I dream of insulation and new windows.

    #528218

    ches08
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    Twixlen said:
    If your furnace is older – even 10 years makes a difference here – it’s that, combined with general air leak. An electric furnace is pretty much the most expensive way to heat a house. That said, one of the cheapest places I ever lived had electric baseboard heat, with a thermostat in each room – that was awesome.

    I wouldn’t even be questioning our bill if the furnace were older, but we got it brand new in January. It is supposedly “top of the line” according to the home inspector and electrician we had come over.

    #528219

    Patch
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    ches08 said:
    I wouldn’t even be questioning our bill if the furnace were older, but we got it brand new in January. It is supposedly “top of the line” according to the home inspector and electrician we had come over.

    How often does the furnice kick on?

    Out of curiosity, can the electric company privide you with a history of the usage at the address? I would think they could. I wonder if the usage is higher with the new furnace (or not).

    #528220

    lxs
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    Columbia Gas has a great rebate program for insulation & air sealing, no rebate for windows. I had a 100+ year old duplex insulated last year; it was affordable & made a big difference in the comfort level in the house (both winter & summer). Here’s a link for more info.

    http://www.columbiagasohio.com/Libraries/PDFs/HPS-FactSheet2010Final.sflb

    #528221

    Twixlen
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    lxs said:
    Columbia Gas has a great rebate program for insulation & air sealing, no rebate for windows. I had a 100+ year old duplex insulated last year; it was affordable & made a big difference in the comfort level in the house (both winter & summer). Here’s a link for more info.

    http://www.columbiagasohio.com/Libraries/PDFs/HPS-FactSheet2010Final.sflb

    This is a fantastic program – I had neighbors who did it and it made a big difference for them. However, it won’t work for ches08, as their system is electric. It doesn’t even work for me, since the bulk of my heat pump uses electric, with only aux usage of the gas furnace. I fall well below the 1000ccfs requirement.

    #528222

    Twixlen
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    Ah HA – @ches08 — turns out AEP has a similar program! For $50, it seems like it would be worth it to have them do the full-shebang audit. I’m looking into it for my own house now!

    https://aepohio.com/save/programs/In-homeEnergySavings/default.aspx?ctype=h

    #528223

    ches08
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    Twixlen said:
    Ah HA – @ches08 — turns out AEP has a similar program! For $50, it seems like it would be worth it to have them do the full-shebang audit. I’m looking into it for my own house now!

    https://aepohio.com/save/programs/In-homeEnergySavings/default.aspx?ctype=h

    Thank you so much! I will definitely look into this…
    In the meantime, we talked to our neighbors, granted they said they have an older furnace than our’s and have a house of 5 (we only have the two of us), but he said his bills are still about $300 a month. So I still think our’s is too high for the energy we are actually using. I am also looking at getting the “Nest” thermostat to try and help

    #528224

    groundrules
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    DavidF said:
    Well, that’s what makes her so much fun, you never know where her interests will take her. ;)

    electricity hell, i’d be worried about the floor joists.

    #528225

    James
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    ches08 said:
    I wouldn’t even be questioning our bill if the furnace were older, but we got it brand new in January. It is supposedly “top of the line” according to the home inspector and electrician we had come over.

    I’m curious – you said you bought an all electric house, but you now have a furnace? I assume you mean you have an air source electric heat pump – if you have a gas furnace, this electric bill is indeed too high.
    Air source electric heat pumps can have electric resistance back up. This should only kick on when it’s very cold (typically below 20 degrees, sometimes a bit higher). If the heat pump isn’t working properly then your basically heating with electric resistance which is very expensive.

    #528226

    James
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    Twixlen said:
    Ah HA – @ches08 — turns out AEP has a similar program! For $50, it seems like it would be worth it to have them do the full-shebang audit. I’m looking into it for my own house now!

    https://aepohio.com/save/programs/In-homeEnergySavings/default.aspx?ctype=h

    We tried to use this as we have an all electric heating & cooling system. The company that AEP hires showed up and noticed that we have gas service into the house. I explained its only for the range in the kitchen and we heat and cool with electricity. He said AEP won’t pay for the audit if there is a gas connection.

    #528227

    ches08
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    James said:
    I’m curious – you said you bought an all electric house, but you now have a furnace? I assume you mean you have an air source electric heat pump – if you have a gas furnace, this electric bill is indeed too high.
    Air source electric heat pumps can have electric resistance back up. This should only kick on when it’s very cold (typically below 20 degrees, sometimes a bit higher). If the heat pump isn’t working properly then your basically heating with electric resistance which is very expensive.

    I just called it a furnace I guess, there is no gas run to the house at all, it’s completely electric.

    Also, I’ve been told that I do not have a heat pump..

    #528228

    DavidF
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    groundrules said:
    electricity hell, i’d be worried about the floor joists.

    Luckily only a few are on the first and second floors. The vast majority are in the basement.

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