Hey fellas, how is everyone today? I am hoping I could get some advice here and hoping I can be pointed in the right direction. I'm a novice, and really need to see what the problem is. I read through some threads today, but still can't make sense as to why my electric bills are so high.
I am going to be as thorough as I can and include pics hoping that will help.
- Live in the Ohio Valley, Northern WV panhandle area
- 1 story brick home
- 1200 square feet
- hard wood flooring
- insulation and windows are fine (according to the guy who installed my new furnace and heat pump anyway)
- all electric home
- I live alone - no other human beings in the house
- One vent in each room, a couple of intakes throughout the house, but NO VENTS in the hallway or the dining room
- I keep the temperature on 60. Yes, 60.
Purchased my home in July of 2009. The HP and furnace were old, but the heating and cooling worked well. My first summer and winter were high, but nothing like the next 2 winters. In the summer of 2010 my central air quit working. All it blew was warm air. I went without any AC that year and just had to use a window unit and carry it from room to room with me (talk about a pain!) because I didn't have the $ to purchase a new HP.
That winter with no HP I had just the electric furnace. The first month of winter the electric company decided to not read my meter for like 34 or 35 days. My first bill was $445. I had it on 64 that month and about soiled my pants when I got that bill. I instantly turned it down to 60 after that, and no matter how little I used electricity that winter, it was consistently $250 and up.
Come spring 2011 I wasn't going through another summer of no central air so I dug as much as possible in trying to find a new heat pump. Had one service call and it was about the worst customer service I've ever had. They said it was $$$ for the call, but charges me $$$$ after all of the testing was done, and all he said was that the Hp was toast. It wouldn't be beneficial to replace the compressor (which was what went bad). I did a little more digging and found out that the payroll lady at the school I taught at is married to an HVAC guy (Jim) with 35 yrs experience. I called him, he came out for $$$ to look at it, then 2 more times for free. Heck, he even called me a couple of times with some other ideas on why my electric bill was so high. We found out that the heating element in my sink that gave me instant boiling water was broke and running 24/7. That reduced the bill about $40/month, but it was still high.
A few weeks later Jim calls me back. He says he is looking for a HP for me and hoping we can save the furnace. He said I had a 3 ton HP and it was way too big for my duct work and that was the reason for the compressor breaking (something along those lines anyway). A few days later he calls me and said a salesman that's been wanting Jim to buy from him gave him a deal with prices he hasn't seen in 10 or 12 years. A new HP and furnace for half the price of what the HP I was getting quoted. Now, I knew his wife personally, and the guy came to my house several times for free and only charged me $$$ the first time he came, so I believed him that it was just a very good deal. (He was A+ with everything - a very honest guy.)
Anyway, he replaced the HP and furnace just before a ridiculous heat wave came. I kept it cooled on 77 or so and was still getting bills that were high in my opinion. Anywhere from $100-$150 a month. Again, I live alone, and use little to no electricity. Before I bought my home I lived in an apartment and had it down to a science. Even had a $10.62 bill once, and I stayed there every night that month, and it was an actual reading. Come the fall the bills went back down because I wasn't using the AC or heat.
Then winter came and it's been very, very mild. I just looked at this months bill and last month the avg temp was 10 degrees higher (32 degrees) than it was in 2011 (22 degrees), but yet I am still getting electric bills in the $200-$250 range. I wouldn't mind that if it were 68 degrees in my house and I had a family, but I got this sucker set at 60 degrees, and I am gone 12-18 hours a day. I just don't understand it! I'm so sick of these bills I could puke! I have done everything I can think of to reduce my electric bill: energy efficient bulbs, power strips for all vampire electronics that gets turned off at night, nothing but the fridge runs when I'm not there. I just don't get it.
Here is my reading from last month's electric bill:
7.4 center per kwh
Total kwh used: 1688
kwh per day: 58
Avg temp: 32 degrees
Total kwh for the previous 12 months: 15,200
My bill was $200 with fees, and again I am keeping it at 60 or lower. I got fed up last night and tuned the heat down to 50, closed my bedroom door and used an electric space heater.
Here are the readings for the last year:
Feb 2012: 1688
Jan 2012: 2251
Dec 2011: 423
Nov 2011: 316
Oct 2011: 987
Sep 2011: 1285
Aug 2011: 76
Jul 2011: 570
Jun 2011: 401
May 2011: 702
Apr 2011: 2047
Mar 2011: 2695
Feb 2011: 3447
I will post pics of my HP, Furnace, Thermostat, and space heater. If you guys can see anything that I should check or that seems funny, please let me know.
I know that was long - thanks a lot for reading. I'll spare you of any more details and drag this out anymore.