(Another) Why is my ConEd bill so high?
December 2, 2010 8:32 AM Subscribe
I searched and found some good info on this subject, but i have some specifics about my situation and i'm wondering if Mefi can help me figure out why my bill seems so high.
posted by modernsquid to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live in a tiny (approx ~300 sq ft) studio apartment on the LES of Manhattan. My current arrangement calls that i pay for heat and hot water, as well as electricity.
My bill is about $130-140 a month during the winter which seems very high. I asked the super and he said that other apartments are paying maybe $80-90 (to be fair he doesnt speak english that well and i'm not sure why he would even know the details of their bills-- he is not a live-in super). I called ConEd and the woman said my bill is on par with my neighbors (to be fair-- most of the apartments are a lot bigger and are 2 people living per apartment).
My bill break up generally leans more on gas. This month it was 80$ gas and 50$ electric. I am paying 61cents per therm for gas and 10cents per kwh for electricity.
I'm not sure if the electric seems high or not. I work during the day and have the bulk of my appliances (TV, PS3, Cable box) plugged into a power strip which i turn off while im not at home-- i make an effort to keep most things unplugged. I am also not home during the weekends, where i stay at my boyfriend's.
I do however, think that my gas is very high. I have a gas stove and cook occasionally, and so far i have not turned on my heat at all this year. I know i pay for my own hot water and the building has the hot water turned on scorchingly hot. I've asked them if they could turn it down, and i've been told the super has done it but i don't feel a difference in the water temperture.
I've looked into ConEd's ESCO program but called about 8 of the energy providers they listed for me and they are all offering rates for natural gas that is higher than what i am currently paying with ConEd.
I am told that my meter gets read every month, so this isn't a case where they make a guess and figure it out later.
A little research led me to possibly changing my faucet and shower heads to something that conserves water. I'll definitely look into that (any recomendations on models?) but something still doesn't seem right.
Does anyone have any advice on how i can tackle this problem? I've asked around and i know ConEd's rates vary from area to area but so far, no one i have asked pays as much as i do. In the summertime with my AC my bill gets as high as $400--- again for a 250-300 sq foot studio apartment. Thats another post though, i'm just trying to tackle the winter bills for now.