07:55AM | 03/09/06
Member Since: 03/08/06
1 lifetime posts
Hello all.

I live in Houston, Tx and have a 2252 sq.ft. 1 story house. My last electric bill showed my usage for last month (Feb 2006) was 1232 kWh. We hardly ran our A/C because of some cooler weather and my bill was still over $175. My heater is gas as is my water heater (that bill jumped as well, but I expected that). I'm trying to figure out why my bill was still so high. I had my meter tested and it was fine. Does anyone have any tricks or hints as to how to find what might be using so much power? I have heard that I could stand outside at my meter and have my wife pull the plug on certain appliances (like microwave, refrigerator, freezer, lights, computer....) and see if the wheel in the meter slows down or not. Is there a better way? Obviously this won't work too well for hard wired appliances (ovens, ranges, A/C....), but you could always do that at the breaker box.

Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.




Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

All bookworms need a good bookmark that inspires them to keep reading. To make this colorful bookmark, cut a rectangular p... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon