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Posted by R.H. Allen on October 1, 2007, 10:26 pm
bscallywag wrote:

I don't know what the size of the average home in Indiana is, but the
U.S. Census Bureau says there were 2,336,306 households there in 2000,
and the Department of Energy says electric utilities sold 28,648,540 MWh
of electricity to residential customers in Indiana that year. Do the
math and it works out to 1022 kWh/month/household. Some of those homes
are undoubtedly bigger than yours, but I'd wager that the vast majority
of them are smaller.

Judging from that, you're using 3360 kWh/month. While that's certainly
above average, the size of your home is above average too. I'm not sure
that electricity consumption scales linearly with home size, but since
the average household using 1000 kWh/month has plenty of room for
improvement I think you probably do too.

As another person suggested, many utilities offer free home inspections
and give advice on saving energy. That is probably as good a place to
start as any -- it's free, so what have you got to lose?

Don't know if they'd be able to inspect your meter on one of those
energy efficiency inspections, but it's probably worth mentioning to
them. They'll probably just suggest you hire an electrician to inspect
the entire system, though.

Posted by Solar Flare on October 1, 2007, 10:58 pm
What happenned to your compressor? Are you running on the electric
resistive element backup? If you controller was damaged...is you A/C
running with your electric backup on for double bills?

Posted by bscallywag on October 2, 2007, 10:27 pm
No electrical backup, but the controller died the day after moving
in.  The compressor was replaced as well as all the run capacitors and
the controller.

The house was empty at the time.


Posted by Solar Flare on October 3, 2007, 1:39 am
 I would be spending half that consumption on A/C taking out the rest
of the heat from it in my small 4800 sq. ft. Something is consuming
it, assuming your metering is correct.

BTW: I serviced electric meters for many years and they don't go
faster, if mechanical. If electronic, anything is possible.

Posted by Jim on October 1, 2007, 11:39 pm

    6000sq/ft may be normal for the locality, but it is certainly far above
average. If I had the same home, I'd be happy that it used so =little=
electricity..... I have lived in homes that large and they used far more.

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