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jem3
electric bill is killing me

Long Island. electic bill is $385 a month and I heat with oil. They just added a sur charge ( they did not raise the rate. They just added a sur charge of $350.

I have a new electric hot water heater. Is there a switch or a timer that could be put on so I am not heating water all night and all day when one one is home?

djohns
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Yes , water heater timers are available , but I wouldn't expect your savings to be life changing . :)

canuk
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You might consider an insulation blanket for the tank to start with ..... it will be a cheaper place to start.

goldhiller
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They just added a sur charge of $350.

It's time you moved elsewhere.

Re: electric bill is killing me

Change your light bulbs to new compact florescent lamps. Turn lights off when not in use. Have a hot tub? swimming pool pump or heater. They can have timers too

Debra
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I'd suggest a programmable thermostat and keeping it at 78 in the summer and 68 in the winter.

My cooling program is 78 from 6 am to 5 pm, 75 until 10 then 72 over night because my husband has to be cool to sleep.

When heat is needed the heating program is 68 during the day and 65 at night.

Don't forget to put your electronics on power strips and turn the strips off when your done with them. Unplug all your appliances but your refrigerator if you can.

ed21
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My bill was $378 last month too.
Luckily the weather has been unseasonably cool the last couple weeks & I haven't had to run the A/C. That should make a big difference next bill.
We're all in this together. And if not deregulation is liable to catch up to you eventually.

djohns
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My last electric bill was $90 . NG was $50 .
2000 sq. ft. South Louisiana heat and humidity . You'r power company is doing something really WRONG . :eek:

goldhiller
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NW Illinois

2100 sq. ft.

Central air on all the time due to wife's allergies.

Last month - $102 (This is after a 40% bump last year from wonderful Excelon... aka.....Commonwealth Edison)

This includes pumping all our water. (private well)

And......running this puter too late into the night trying to answer questions. LOL

goldhiller
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Is there a switch or a timer that could be put on so I am not heating water all night and all day when one one is home?

Yes...it's called a breaker. Just flip it off and flip it on.

ed21
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So what's your rate? Mine's 11.8 cents/kwh. Then add another $78 for misc. "charges".
The gas portion of my bill was only $17.
I used a total of 2363 kwh to cool my house, pump water & bathe 3 teenagers.:rolleyes:

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