08:12AM | 09/04/10
Member Since: 09/03/10
2 lifetime posts
We've lived in our home for four years. Shortly after moving in we noticed that we went through light bulbs at an alarming rate. We upgraded bulbs to two year bulbs and average 1-3 months on these. We are now on our 4th computer. Appliances are short lived. The worst part is our electric bill. Our home is 3,000 sq ft. There is only the two of us and I'm traveling 3 weeks out of the month. So our usage is on the low side and we are very conscientious about it. Our home is all electric (- propane stove/oven). The geothermal went out earlier this spring and we are waiting till fall to replace it. Our utility bills this summer are $350/mo. We have no a/c running.

My parents home is the same size (same utility provider) and there bill is almost half (with a/c). We can't afford to keep paying these high bills and going trough appliances and bulbs at such a high rate.

We also have a pole building on a seperate panel. Even that costs us an additional $80 mo. and there isn't anything other than flourescent lights being used.

Any suggestions? Three years ago the utility co came out and checked the power at the pole and said it was within norms and there was no issue.


09:43AM | 09/05/10
Member Since: 07/22/04
511 lifetime posts
what it ended up being was the meter box was all corroded inside.

whenever somebody complained about bulbs burning out prematurly usually it ended up being a cracked neutral bar in the breaker box or loose neutral.

go figure.

how old is this system.


07:06PM | 09/05/10
Member Since: 09/03/10
2 lifetime posts
The home was built in 1996.

The geothermal compressor has fried 3 timesin the past 6 years at $3,800 a pop. We've gone thru countless light bulbs, 3 computers, and two convection microwave ovens. I'm open to any suggestions!


04:44AM | 09/06/10
Member Since: 07/22/04
511 lifetime posts
explain what is happening,have them test the incoming voltage and document their response.if later it is found that the voltage is too high,they may possibly be held liable.

Tom O

02:27PM | 09/07/10
Member Since: 09/17/02
487 lifetime posts
I agree with Larry G that the problem may be a loose neutral.

Call in an electrician, he can determine if that is the problem and if it is your equipment or the power companies equipment that is the cause.

The high electric bills may be a separate issue. Get the cause of the burnouts fixed first & see if your bill goes down. If not, c'mon back.


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