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BV023694

11:23AM | 10/29/20
I just got a high electric bill. My appliances seem to working ok nothing unusual. Have not added anything new that could cause the problem. I have solar cells so usually do get a bill less than $20. Could I have some sort of wiring problem that is causing excess consumption. I had a 1500 watt electric heater that I use in colder weather for a couple of years. Sometimes the breaker got tripped. Could that have caused a problem with my wiring. The house is 4 years old.

BV023697

02:03PM | 10/29/20
Without any more context, there's no way to know without investigating. Start by finding yourself a watt meter and start checking your plugged in items for anything with an excessive draw. This sort of thing is a pain to hunt down and may take some time to find the culprit. If you haven't changed your habits, your bill shouldn't have changed all that much...

Unless your solar system turned off. Check your output on that. I found out this year that my array had put too much stress on the emergency shutoff breaker that it corroded it over time and my system basically sat dead. IF you're not monitoring it, you may not have just generated the typical power that you'd expect, leading to a higher bill. Take a look at your past bills and see if the KWH usage is in line with where it should be and that'll give you a clue on what broke


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