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    High gas bill

    Hey guys,

    I live in central nj near the shore. I have a new furnace in a crawlspace. During October and November, my gas bills were $240 for the two months combined. All of a sudden, my Dec bill was $250. I keep the heat at 68-69. Recently sealed my ducts with mastic and started insulating them. I am hoping the bill is lower but am wondering how my bill got so high when the avg temp has been 40. Was thinking of bringing an hvac guy in to see what is wrong. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meadowlands View Post
    Hey guys,

    I live in central nj near the shore. I have a new furnace in a crawlspace. During October and November, my gas bills were $240 for the two months combined. All of a sudden, my Dec bill was $250. I keep the heat at 68-69. Recently sealed my ducts with mastic and started insulating them. I am hoping the bill is lower but am wondering how my bill got so high when the avg temp has been 40. Was thinking of bringing an hvac guy in to see what is wrong. Any thoughts? Thanks!
    My first thought is have them check for a gas leak, especially around the new furnace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senior Tech View Post
    My first thought is have them check for a gas leak, especially around the new furnace.
    I had the gas company replace the meter and had the guy check for leaks. He did not find any coming from the furnace or hot water heater.

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    Something's not right, what were your gas bills prior to the new furnace?

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    Call the installing company up and have them check things out. Leaking ducts in an unconditioned space can add a lot of load. Any duct in the unconditioned space should have been insulated.

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    We moved in here in September and the furnace was put in right before we moved in. We have a gas dryer and stove, but our first bill without using the furnace was $25. Bills in our apartment were $88 and it was 2200 sq ft opposed to our 1400 sq ft house. I had some leaks but have since sealed them using mastic and started by insulating the area around the furnace and the duct coming into the bedrooms. I also insulated the pipes going to the bathroom. The furnace shows an energy usage range of 78 to 93...ours is 80, so it is not the most efficient.

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    Your gas bill should definitely not be that high for 1400sqft and 80% furnace. Either your water heater is leaking and running all the time, you have a sizable gas leak, or something else is terribly wrong. You need to call for service asap

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    I checked the water heater, but since our bill was so low when we moved in, it does not seem to be the culprit. Maybe it was the leaky ducts prior to my repair but then why would my bill go from 240 for 2 months to 250 for one month.

    Calling njng only produces excuses and blame on it being one degree colder than the previous month. Never had an issue when I had pse&g. Seems like they lost a lot of money during sandy and are making up for it by ripping people off....

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    Is it possible the amount used was estimated?

    Can you check the meter readings against the reported usage?
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    Do not attempt vast projects with
    half vast experience and ideas.
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    Looks like it was actual.

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    You can turn all gas appliances off including any pilot flames, then clock the meter. If its moving with all appliances off you have a gas leak, if it moves fast you have a large leak and need to turn gas off at meter and contact the gas company.

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    Recently sealed my ducts with mastic and started insulating them.

    have you finished insulating them?
    what are you insulating with?
    are any ducts not insulated?
    if the ducts were uninsulated for the month with the
    higher utility bill...it makes sense.
    but...do check to see if there is another issue.
    gas leaks are nothing to play around with.

    best of luck
    The cure of the part should not be attempted without the cure of the whole. ~Plato

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    Your area had about 330 heating degree days in Oct, and 870 in December. Your gas provider may charge more for gas in Winter. May want to get an energy audit of your home to see what you can do to to improve its envelope -air leakage, insulation.
    An answer without a question is meaningless.
    Information without understanding is useless.
    You can lead a horse to water............
    http://www.mohomeenergyaudits.com

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