Am I nuts are what?

United States
January 12, 2009 3:04pm CST
Okay so I have had many discussions on saving electricity and I am sure some of you remember. Me and my husband are absolutely obsessed and nuts about saving electricity. So I read this article where even though the appliance is not in use it still pulls an electrical current. So I went outside and timed how long it took for my meter thing to go around once and then I went inside and unplugged my PC, my coffee maker, my stove/oven and my refridgerator. I went back outside and timed it again. It was the same amount. So I am confused. I mean my refridge had to be pulling electricity it was on. Does anyone know how this works? I mean does energy charge you a minium energy and they don't tell you. I mean could you have electricity to your home and get the meter to completely stop?
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6 responses
• United States
27 Jan 09
I've never really known how all of that works. I just know that if I am not using something it has no reason to be on. Sometimes it seems like it helps and sometimes it doesn't.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Hey bailey! I don't think that there is a way that you can totally stop all currents from coming into the house altogether. There is always some type of electrical current that would still probably be running somewhere in the house that you might not be thinking of. In reality, you can't turn off your refrigerator for a long period of time. If you are so concerned about the meter than call your local electric company and have them come out to your home and explain exactly how the meter works and what you can really do to save on the cost. Don't try to figure it out yourself because it is way too complicated.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Jan 09
i really don't know but they are going to get u one way or the other.
@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
12 Jan 09
Throw the main breaker on your box and then go out and look at your meter. If it is moving at all the meter is bad. When you throw the main breaker it kills everything past the breaker. We have so much junk in the house now that uses electricity it is really hard to turn it all off. A TV, computer, clocks, cook stove clocks, The readout on the microwave and a number of other things still use electricity even if they are not in use. I have got to go through my house and unplug anything we can live without. I received my electric bill today and it was $305. My house is only about 1,000 sq ft and it hasn't been that cold and I noticed the electricity has gone up 1 cent per KWH. It is now a little over 4 cents per KWH. When they add all the other junk it comes up to almost 9 cents per KWH. Being on a fixed income I just can't afford that kind of bill. My house is all electric so that means I am going to have to stop using something. I installed the 13 watt energy saver light bulbs a couple of months ago. I don't know of anything else I could change that would help.
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
12 Jan 09
The meter would have to be running in order for you to have electricity. I don't understand why if you had things unplugged that it would have taken the same time to go around. I wish you luck on figuring this out and saving on your electricity.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
12 Jan 09
Hmm that is very interesting, I hope someone here knows about such things as I really would like to know how all this works also..