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    Default Electricity Bills

    I'm having a bit of a problem isolating where my electricity is going. I just got a bill for $1579.35 from Energy Australia for my two bedroom apartment in which I live alone. If I was blasting the air con 24/7 I would understand such a high bill given the warm temperatures I've experienced over the last few months, but I don't. I live quite high up in Sydney so keeping my windows open with the fan (not Air Con, just fan) running is enough to keep my place comfortable.

    Anyways, I was just wondering what other people pay for their electricity, or, if there are any energy experts, where my leak is... Below is a list of my electrical goods;

    -Mac Pro - Set to sleep when needed
    -4xDrive NAS (always on)
    -Refrigerator/Freezer - Set to 'warmer' end of cool.
    -Red Bull Fridge - Set to warmest possible setting
    -50" Plasma - When needed
    -Ventilation fan, Aircon set to off (Always on)
    -The usual - Microwave, stovetop, oven, washer/dryer, etc when needed.


    Kinda confused :-S

    EDIT: That electricity bill works out to ~5200kWh

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    Is that for three months? If so, that's ridiculously high. I live in a two bedroom apt and never pay more than $200/qtr.

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    something may be broken and not operating correctly.

    do you have electric hot water?

    are your fridge/freezer seals in good condition?

    how long since your a/c unit was serviced?
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    Plasma's are the devil. They do whack out a fair amount of heat and they use a lot of energy. However - it's nowhere near what you're paying. Is the bill estimated? Do you have usage figures for the last year? And have you read your own meter?
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    There's something wrong there i reckon. We have three kids, the plasma is on atleast four hours a day, the air con(split system) is on heaps, the imac is on 24hrs and we have never had a bill over $400 of the quarter.

    PS we also have electric hot water.

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    Get an electrician in that can do proper testing of your appliances. Try find out if any appliances are leaking electricity (as wierd as it sounds). I work for a major gas and elec company and from my experience that is exceptionally high. Talk to EA and make sure you are setup on the correct tariff type and for the correct meter. Find out what meter you have also. But based off that usage, the bill doesnt seem incorrect. Just need to figure out why the usage is so high.

    I have a 3 bedroom house with my partner. Similar equipement to yourself and my bill is around $300 a quarter which is almost spot on average.

    With gas and elec there is no easily defined average. When cust ask however I tend to say about $100 per month for elec and $75 per month for gas. This would be for a couple living in a smallish house.

    I have seen families of 4 move from one property to another with the same appliances, etc and their bill has jumped a good $600 more per quarter for elec. Different properties vary dramatically in usage. This can be for obvious reasons such as heating and cooling can require a lot more effort depending on the layout and circulation in the property. To things which a more subtle as the fridge having to work harder as the outside temp is more.

    Also, energy saving lightbulbs work.

    Edit: Also make sure your bill was not an estimate, make sure it was actually read. Companies can legally estimate your usage for the majority of the year.
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    HOLY FRIKKIN HELL.

    I have never paid over 200 a quarter for a 4 bedroom house in the tropics. And we need to have fans or cooling most times of the year.

    It will probably have something to do with electricity companies being allowed to "estimate" your bill if they do not have easy access to your meter.

    If I were you I would dispute the charges. Because in my mind I cannot see how any person could get such a bill - unless you are constantly using the clothes dryer.

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    The main thing is to check if the reading is correct. If it is correct, then that value seems about right.

    And luckily for those in queensland, electricity is usually cheaper than Vic, NSW, SA.
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    Whoah! Query that!

    Sounds like someone's running a "hydroponic, 'horticultural' business" off your mains.

    We have 2 br's, iMac on nearly always, wi-fi network on all the time, 50" plasma, fans on 100hrs a week, air con and electric stove/oven, clothes dryer a couple of hours a week etc. and we're doing around $400/qtr.
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    What about the hydro dope setup you've got running in the bathroom! those metal halide lamps use the juice dude...

    but seriously, be careful, if the usage keeps up the plods may come around for a chat..
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    As others have posted, check into the situation with your electricity supplier ASAP, as that figure doesn't match the usage you've described.

    Our bill comes to about $700 a quarter, which covers a house with 3 separate multi-zone AC systems, a 4th split system in an underground server room that runs 24/7, a rack full of server and audio equipment plus the usual TVs / kitchen appliances etc.

    If it's your first bill in the apartment do check the start & end meter readings - I once got a $26,000 quarterly water bill for a commercial property (that was being redeveloped and therefore not tenanted) because the meter reader wrote down a 0 instead of a 9 (ie ending meter reading of '9xxxx' rather than '0xxxx'). Of course their computer systems didn't think that might be an error and just sent through a bill, and it took a couple of calls to convince the water company that I hadn't been supplying the whole of the suburb with water that month from one garden tap on the property.

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    Check your garage if you have one.
    Someone is hacking into your electricity somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krolly View Post
    Check your garage if you have one.
    Someone is hacking into your electricity somewhere.
    It's more likely that they mis-read the meter, but it is possible.

    OP: do you have any next-door neighbours that look like the types that would be growing large quantities of weed? Do you see any thick cables going from your electricity box into their garage or house?
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    Hmm that is high, I am kind of in the same boat mate....

    Recently got one for $700. I live in a house by myself and have the G5 on once a week for about 10mins tops (sync ipod haha)...

    fridge 24/7, HTPC running low powered hardware 24/7 (not anymore) and hot water on 55 degrees.

    washing machine, dishwasher, over a few times a week

    confuses the hell out of me too????

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    While this seems like a very high electricity bill, it could be that it is a catch-up bill that has been issued subsequent to you having received three or so estimated bills.

    If your previous bills have been estimated, and the power company under estimated, and then they went ahead and did a correct reading for this one then it could be that this much higher amount is to cover the shortfall from previous estimates.

    Please check your previous bills to see if they were estimates, and start reading your own meter on a regular basis so that you can compare their readings with yours. I check my meter at around the time I expect my meter to be read, and so far the readings are close enough to confirm that my meter is actually being read and not estimated.
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    I have:

    55,000L pool
    2 adults and 2 small children with the wife home 24/7 with the kids
    a server
    my PC
    Wifes MacBook
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    the usual other bits

    BUT: Gas water and cooking.

    My bills are now hitting near $500 a quarter and I expect that to go up since we just put in Ducted AC
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    I have 4 computers: a G3 iMac on all the time, a PowerMac G5 on about 4 nights a week, a Mini running at full tilt almost constantly (Handbrake) and a MacBook Air that sits on the juice all the time but is on about half the time I'm at home. I have a lot of peripherals: the biggest ones are 3 hard drives always on when the Mini is on, an Apple Cinema Display, mostly off though. I turn it off manually when I'm not actually sitting in front of the Mini. I have a 32" Sony CRT TV which is on almost all the time when I'm at home, plus a Sony stereo and an Apple TV.

    Other than that, I've got a bar fridge, a microwave and a small hot-water system. I run two fans almost constantly but no airconditioner.

    My apartment is a studio, which means one room and I live alone. All of this nets me a quarterly bill just a bit over $200. Looks like it's not out of line compared to some other estimates here.

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    My bills are always extortionate as well. Usually between $600 to $900 per quarter. I recently had an energy audit and they couldn't figure out why I would be using so much electricity. It's only a 2 bedroom apartment.
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    I had a similar problem a year or so ago. Two bedroom apartment with minimal heavy use appliances.

    Turned out my stove was faulty - one of the elements was on all the time, at a very low setting. Turning off the stove at the circuit breaker, except when I wanted to use it, dropped my bill by a third.

    So get someone in to check for current drain somewhere.

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    We have a 4 BR 2 story house in Perth; power bill for last month =$7 [/smug] Solar panels are the way to go!

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