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Our home is around 1300 sq ft so fairly small however for some reason our electric bill has doubled over the last two months. Normally we pay around $150, maybe a little less if we don’t run the ac/heater very much. Now starting in Nov we did turn the heater on periodically and the bill increased to almost $200, nothing unusual. Then in December we began running the heater full time, thermostat set at 74. Our bill increased to $336 which seems really high. I don’t understand why it’s soo high for a 1300 sq ft. I have a baby in the house so during the winter I can’t just turn the heat off and bundle him up with blankets like I would do for myself if he weren’t there. I use Coserv (only option in my area) and they have a good reputation but is anybody else experience the same high electric bills?

Jenny, It could be a number of things. My first thought is you could use a whole home energy audit. Just Google home energy audit. The Energy Star web site has one. There you will find some excellent free assistance on how to control those high electric bills. There are companies you pay that will come out and do a professional energy audit. That right there is a good reason your bills are as high as they are. Do you have heat pump heat or is it a regular electric furnace? Heat pump can be a bit more efficient. 74 might be a bit high. I know you have a baby but just try setting the furnace down to 70. We keep our stat down on 68. When the wife ain’t looking I’ll poke it down to 67 or 66.

PS: contact the electric company and see if they might put you on an averaging billing system. That’s where they firgure the whole cost of twelve months and divide by twelve and you pay that same amount each month.

Our home is around 1300 sq ft so fairly small however for some reason our electric bill has doubled over the last two months. Normally we pay around $150, maybe a little less if we don’t run the ac/heater very much. Now starting in Nov we did turn the heater on periodically and the bill increased to almost $200, nothing unusual. Then in December we began running the heater full time, thermostat set at 74. Our bill increased to $336 which seems really high. I don’t understand why it’s soo high for a 1300 sq ft. I have a baby in the house so during the winter I can’t just turn the heat off and bundle him up with blankets like I would do for myself if he weren’t there. I use Coserv (only option in my area) and they have a good reputation but is anybody else experience the same high electric bills?

Thanks for the tips. I contacted Coserv and we have electric heat and they said that it why it’s increased so much. I did take ya’lls suggestions and requested the free energy audit which they said is running about 3 wks out. In the meantime, any other hints to keep our bill from being this high next month. I shut the heater off this morning before leaving for work and then will turn it on again when I get home. I’ll try lowering it to 70 and see how that goes at night. Is it better to shut it off when we’re not home (7:30am 5:30pm) and then turn it back on when I do get home or is it better to lower it to 70 and keep it that way all the time? I’ve heard conflicting info on that. feet, but my ceilings are high which is why my electric bill is high even though I have Average Billing with TXU (my last bill was $288). I changed from incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent bulbs and this saved me about $20 $25 per month. Other than this, I haven’t done much to conserve energy. I would like to purchase insulation, but my attic is really, really tight because of the a/c heating system and I’m not sure how anyone can maneuver around in order to blow it in. I think keeping your thermostat at 70 degrees is a good setting, but I’ve lowered mine to 68 during the times I’m not home, and had good results. Make sure your doors and windows have good weather stripping, and energy saving blinds/shades/drapes. All of this really does help keep the home warm in the winter, and cooler in the summer. Hate to break it to you, but Dallas doesn’t have much springtime before we go straight into the dreaded summer. HTH

Jenny shutting your heater off when you leave and then turning it on when you come home is going to make your heater work twice as hard. By lowering the temp. when your away and upping it when your home through a digital thermo this will help. I would strongly suggest the average billing. I know what I pay every month regardless if it’s winter or summer. Anyways, I paid only half that.

Thanks for the tips. I contacted Coserv and we have electric heat and they said that it why it’s increased so much. I did take ya’lls suggestions and requested the free energy audit which they said is running about 3 wks out. In the meantime, any other hints to keep our bill from being this high next month. I shut the heater off this morning before leaving for work and then will turn it on again when I get home. I’ll try lowering it to 70 and see how that goes at night. Is it better to shut it off when we’re not home (7:30am 5:30pm) and then turn it back on when I do get home or is it better to lower it to 70 and keep it that way all the time? I’ve heard conflicting info on that. Ft., two adults and three, 70 Lb.,
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four legged furry children. I run the business out of the house, generally keep it at 70 degrees in the cold. My bill for that cold snap was only $275.00, the highest it has ever been is $290.00. I do not do a lot of the items below but then I have regular habits for other ways to save electricity.

Tips for helping until you solve the issue:

Do not turn your heater off when you leave. Just turn it down to 68 degrees (65 if you wish). If you get delayed coming home, or the weather whakcs out, you could be in for a nasty surprise.

Keep doors closed for rooms you do not use. No need to close the vents as just keeping the door closed will do the job.

Obviously turn off lights when not in use. By the way, if you have dimmer switches they are only for light levels and will consume just as much electricity when the light is low or high.

Keep your garage door closed unless bringing the vehicles in or out. Many inner walls from the garage are poorly insulated to begin with. This will help with the HW Heater in the garage.

Check your Hot Water heater temperature. You should not have it set above 120 Degrees to begin with as that is a scalding hazard. DO NOT wrap your hot water heater in an insulation blanket before reading your manufacturers manual. WH’s have insulation in the jacket and adding additional wrap on the exterior could cause issues with it. Most manufacturers recommend not doing that. I leave mine off unless I am expecting someone. That also helps cut down on the number of unwanted knocks on the door.

Look around your house and see just how many things you have plugged in such as TV’s, clocks, etc. Do you need them all the time? Unplug them or place them on power strips that can be switched off when not in use. Many of these devices utilize power even when not currently on. Also a lot of electric clocks can utilize a lot of power.

Try battery powered clocks. I have a little travel alarm that sits above the bed. It has been running without fail for two years on the same AA batteries.

If you need background noise while at home turn on a small radio instead of the TV or the MEGABLASTER stereo.

When you are cooking don’t preheat the oven an hour before putting the pan, dish, etc. in the oven. When your done cooking shut it all off.

You sound as if you potentially have insulation and/or conditioned air leakage issues around windows, doors, etc. That’s a really high bill for that size place.

We’re on Coserv and they have the lowest rates in this neck of the woods by a fair amount. You should look into equalized billing, too. If you have a year’s worth of billing history, they’ll average out your electric bill for the entire year. It helps minimize the shocks.

We have a 3600 square foot house with gas heat and our gas/electric bill averages $180 a month.

The only warning about this is that they typically adjust your balance once a year around June 1st and if you’re running at a deficit because your average billing amount is too low, you’ll owe the deficit immediately.

I also suggest replacing light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. We dropped our electric bill about 15% just by doing that.

I hate heaters. They dry out my eyes and skin and also I’m naturally hot blooded, I’m one of those people that will be hot when other people think the AC is too high. That being said, 74 on a thermostat is really high, I’d die! Fortunately, we don’t live together.

I run the heater at 65 66 at night and get very warm under our blankets. We run it around 69 71 the rest of the time. It only takes 20 30 minutes in the morning to get the house back up to 70, if that. Our house is a 50 year old ranch house, 1350 sq ft. We did put in about 12 15 inches of attic insulation.
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