Our Electric Bill Is Out Of Sight

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@HazySue (24663)
United States
July 20, 2016 2:54pm CST
I just received an email of my electric bill. It is out of sight high. I couldn't believe what they said we owed for our electricity. They said we used over $200.00 for the month of July. Now, come one, there must be something wrong. At first I thought they were maybe estimating our usage. I checked they weren't. They told me what the meter read at the beginning and the end of the month. Then they also told me that the usage per kilowatt had gone up - just a little, they said. Yes, we owe over #200.00. Terrific. We pay our last mortgage payment this morning and this afternoon we get an electric bill that looks like it's trying to get us back in debt. Go figure.
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@jaboUK (55159)
• United Kingdom
20 Jul 16
That does seem exorbitant, especially for a summer month.
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@LadyDuck (188725)
• Switzerland
21 Jul 16
The air conditioning is very, very expensive. I wonder if this is the problem.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
21 Jul 16
@jaboUK we do use air conditioning every day because it is so hot but we keep the setting on 79 degrees.
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@just4him (132728)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
21 Jul 16
That's the one thing I won't miss when I move is the high utility bill. My budget is $200 a month. When I move it will be half to less than half what I'm paying now. It will be a real blessing. Congratulations on making that last mortgage payment. Are you burning the mortgage? My parents had a mortgage burning when they made the final payment. That was years ago. They're gone now and someone else owns the house.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
21 Jul 16
@just4him that will be a blessing. I am thrilled about paying our last mortgage payment. I hope your move goes very smoothly.
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@just4him (132728)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Jul 16
@HazySue I sign the lease in 10 days. So now I gotta get a move on to get the rest of this packed and ready to go.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@just4him happy packing and good luck with the move.
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• United States
20 Jul 16
I'm expecting a big electric bill this month too. My a/c has been running nonstop this month
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
21 Jul 16
@Marilynda1225 I guess that's the price you pay for trying to stay cool.
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• United States
21 Jul 16
@HazySue since I hate the heat I guess it's the price to pay for a bigger bill
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@Marilynda1225 I am not a heat lover either. Give me the winter weather every time.
• Otis Orchards, Washington
24 Jul 16
That's tough to take. It also seems to be high for July. Last September I sighed up for a solar panel project that the power company started. Right now I have credit of almost $200. The electricity the solar panels generated was enough to pay for my last two month's worth of electricity.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
24 Jul 16
RichardMeister I am thinking more and more about solar power. I wish they would start a solar project like that here.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
25 Jul 16
@RichardMeister it sounds like a good deal to me.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
25 Jul 16
@HazySue It did, too, for me. I was surprised when there wasn't enough takers. They didn't get all the panels taken until about 6 months after they started operating. the people who got in late was credited for any electricity their panels generated before they got them.
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@CRK109 (14381)
• United States
20 Jul 16
Do you have air conditioning that's causing the problem? I know that, back in my old house, summer time was the worst for electricity because of our air conditioning.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@CRK109 we are starting to think that the air conditioner might not be as energy efficient as we though.
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@CRK109 (14381)
• United States
23 Jul 16
@HazySue that could very well be the case. Air conditioners were always the culprit whenever I had electric bill problems.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
24 Jul 16
@CRK109 that plus the oxygen I use all night long, I think it uses about 30 dollars of electricity per month.
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@JudyEv (141827)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul 16
Oh that's a shame! I wonder why it is so high?
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
21 Jul 16
@JudyEv I don't really know. Every summer here is hot but our bill usually isn't this high.
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@JudyEv (141827)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Jul 16
@HazySue We have a 'standard charge' which they are able to put up even if the rates remain the same.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@JudyEv does it make your bill sort of the same from month to month?
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@sharon6345 (147847)
• United States
20 Jul 16
Are you running your air conditioner. That is one way to pay more. They sent me an email saying that I am using less than my neighbors.. I am happy about that my bill is $46
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@sharon6345 I am running my air but my bill has not been this high before. I don't remember the last time I had a bill as low as yours. Keep up the good work.
@sharon6345 (147847)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@HazySue I just realised why it got lower. I don't turn on the tv till after 6pm. so of course that saves me money. I wish I knew all these years about the tv usage.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@sharon6345 I think I will start doing that. Most of the time it is just background noise anyway.
@LadyDuck (188725)
• Switzerland
21 Jul 16
Do you have Air Conditioning? I know that this is very expensive and if you had a heat wave this may be the reason of the high bill.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
21 Jul 16
@LadyDuck we do have central air conditioning. It has been hot for the last couple of months but it has never been this high. I guess like anything else the price is going up.
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@LadyDuck (188725)
• Switzerland
21 Jul 16
@HazySue The prices are going up, I have noticed a little increase in our bill too, but it's a very little increase.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@LadyDuck The bills may be going up but the money coming in seems to stay the same. Oh well, it is what it is.
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@kellyr634 (422)
• United States
22 Jul 16
What does your bill normally run you?
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@kellyr634 Between $100 - 130. I don't remember it ever running as high as $200.
• United States
26 Jul 16
@HazySue That's a big difference.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
28 Jul 16
@kellyr634 it is. I suspect that the grandchildren running in and out had something to do with it.
@Corbin5 (122985)
• United States
20 Jul 16
I never look at ours since my husband pays it. I do not want to look at ours due to the shock-factor. Just when things are looking good, we get hit with something else, it seems.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@Corbin5 how true, just when there is a light at the end of the tunnel something comes along and shuck it off.
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@Corbin5 (122985)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@HazySue My husband used to say in the early days of our marriage, "Just when I thought our heads were above water, this happens!"
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@Corbin5 I like that saying.
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@Shavkat (67219)
• Philippines
21 Jul 16
Maybe you can ask the electric company to calibrate the meter.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@Shavkat I didn't think of that. What a great idea. Thanks.
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@Shavkat (67219)
• Philippines
23 Jul 16
@HazySue No problem. It's my pleasure to help.
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@akalinus (22988)
• United States
20 Jul 16
I know ours will be pretty high. We have run the AC a lot because it has been so ghastly hot lately. We already have one of the highest rates around and I hope they don't raise it.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@akalinus I hope they don't raise it for you either. I think they are high enough already.
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@akalinus (22988)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@HazySue They do it just because they can.
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@Elizaby (4192)
• Pensacola, Florida
21 Jul 16
The rates seem to always be higher in the summer per kilowatt as they know people wan to stay cool
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@Elizaby they do seem to. I wonder what happens to the people that can pay that high a bill.
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@patgalca (14664)
• Orangeville, Ontario
21 Jul 16
We got you beat big time. Our's is $389.00. Considering our air conditioner was out for a bit of the time I thought the bill would be lower. I think it was working hard and accomplishing nothing, but then the lines froze so it wasn't actually running. I don't know why it's so high. I set our house temp at 75 so that it's not too cool... and expensive. My daughter's boyfriend, who fixed the A/C, said our bill would go down. Maybe he means next month but this bill is pretty darn high.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
21 Jul 16
@patgalca Good Grief. That is awful. I hope it goes waaaay down.
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@PatZAnthony (13285)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
21 Jul 16
We know ours will be high during the summer-our only option is to not use it! That is not going to happen.
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@PatZAnthony I couldn't live without the air conditioner.
@NJChicaa (48619)
• United States
20 Jul 16
That is a whopper of a bill!
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@HazySue (24663)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@NJChicaa we thought so. Hopefully it won't be as bad next month.
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