Helpppppppppppppppp.........Electric bill approx. $569 last month. Not running the A/C either.
I have been pretty sick the last 6+ months and had all my bills paid automatically through my credit union so the wife would not have to worry about them.
I just found my electric bill doubled last February 14 thru March 13, 2008. From an average of 40 kwh per day (which was normal for us except for summer usage)....to 75-82 kwh with the March 14th bill. No A/C on at that time. In the summer my kwh per day rose to 110. Unprecedented in our 25 years in this house. No changes in consumption, new washer/dryer...new kitchenaid top-of-the-line dishwasher with power saving features. We even hang our clothes out on the line in the summer because the idiots running Kalifornia can't get new power plants built. We put a small window air conditioner in our master bedroom so the Central Air doesn't have to run at night. THEN we turn our whole house fan on about 6am when it is coolest. Usually don't have to turn on the A/C until 3pm or so.
Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District (SMUD) sent a guy out today to put
a device on our new electronic meter to check it .... they drive by and it transmits numbers to them. The device will stay on for a week.
I turned our A/C on and he checked the power consumption on both legs coming off the main breaker panel. almost exactly the same -- 22 amps on each leg. 44 amps at 120 volts. That seems high to me ... he said he did not know what this old of a model would use. Any ideas?
Our electric bill is averaged out for approx. 6 months at a time if I remember correctly. We have been being charged the $569 figure for 3 months and will be charged that amount a few more months, or until we find the problem.
He also tested the power coming out of the meter, into our main breaker panel. The left leg was about 3.5 amps, the right leg was about 14.5 amps and the third leg (ground ??) was about 3.5 amps. He said something was wrong. We may have a "ground loop" bleeding off power somewhere.
We have only added two things since last Feb 14th --- and he checked one of those, it was ok. The other I disconnected at the breaker box, just in case it has a problem. I am only adding this last info in case one of you has seen this before. I am mainly interested in whether the Trane XE 900 is using about the right amount of current. My interior voltage is about 123-124 volts most of the time. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks