Why is our power bill so high?
January 10, 2013 7:11 PM Subscribe
We've been in our new house about 3 months, and our power bills feel
a lot higher than they should be, based on our perceived usage. Looking for ways to track down errant usage.
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My wife and I purchased a 3BR, 1BA, 1700sf 2-story house in the suburbs of Philly in September. Since then, our average monthly power bill has been around $300, which seems about 30% higher than what we'd expect to pay for this place (we'd figured we'd be in the $210-$240 range).
* gas heat
* gas dryer
* gas oven/stove
* we're pretty conscientious about turning off lights, etc., when not in the room
* we both WFH, but keep the thermostat set at 68 during the day
One other things of note - apparently, one of the previous owners was a HUGE fan of dimmer switches, and 5 rooms (kitchen, front hall, bathroom, bonus room, and upstairs hall) are on dimmers. Do dimmer switches draw more/less/the same power as their regular switch counterparts?
So... how can we go about tracking down things that might be using more energy than we expect? While we could pretty easily move some things (TV, PS3, the like) to a powerstrip that gets turned off when not in use, that would only make sense to do if those things are drawing a lot more power than expected when in standby mode.
I'm not necessarily looking for advice on actually cutting power usage; more like figuring out what's causing the usage we have. It would also be good to know if this is just in our minds and that our power bill is actually pretty much as expected.