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    Ok. It's time for me to get accountable about my electric usage. I'll have to start checking my meter tomorrow. Looking at my bill I'm averaging about 40kwh a day!!! That's craziness. I just changed my programmable thermostat to be a little warmer when we sleep. I'm usually such a wuss about it being cool when I sleep. Even though we sleep with a regular fan and ceiling fan.
    My DH also pointed out that our electric rates have gone up recently. I checked and they have gone up a little. I have a Kil-a-Watt EZ that I'm going to go around and check to see how much each item in my house is using. I'm ready to get this under control!

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    Sounds like a very nifty device- let me know your results!

    Love your cocker spaniel! I have 2 myself!

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    I' outta this one- while I do try to keep our electric usage down as much as possible, my husband runs his own machine shop, part time, out of garage- how much we use depends largely on how much work he's got! Good luck to all doing ti though.

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    As of 10/6:
    daily avg since last bill = 21.00 kwh (that's down!)
    usage in last 24 hrs= 19 kwh!!! woo hoo!


    my previous post has the wrong date, should be 10/5 but now I can't edit.

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    As of 10/7:
    daily avg since last bill = 20.67 kwh
    usage in last 24 hrs= 19 kwh (Again!!!) ~ How am I doing that? I honestly don't know!


    I'm doing the happy dance!!

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    Good job. Keep it up!!

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    As of 10/7:
    daily avg since last bill = 20.67 kwh
    usage in last 24 hrs= 19 kwh (Again!!!) ~ How am I doing that? I honestly don't know!
    Haha! Good job!
    We averaged 24kwh per day over the weekend. Me thinks the next utitlity bill is going to make me smile

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    Great Job everyone, saving some money and the environment!!

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    As of 10/8:
    daily avg since last bill: 20.86 kwh (I miscalculated in the last post)
    last 24 hours: 19 kwh ~ WOO HOO!

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    As of 10/9:
    daily avg since last bill: 20.93 kwh
    last 24 hours: 22 kwh ~ Boooo! I wonder if someone left a light on overnight or something.

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    This is a very cool thread. I don't even look at my meter, but I'm going to start today.

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    Yay! Welcome aboard!

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    A sign of my ignorance. My meter has those little wheels (five of them) and the needles don't point directly at any one number. I went down there and though how the heck do you read that?

    So I called my utilities company (PG & E) and I have to say that I spoke to an EXTREMELY nice woman (Rebecca) who not only told me how to read it, but gave me my reading from 9/27 (last time they checked it), so I could figure out my daily usage since then.

    She also discussed with me the major energy draws in a home and told me that refrigerators are REALLY energy hogs. I have TWO, and one of them is over ten years old, which is apparently not good, energy-wise. I am not sure if I can consolidate them into one, but I am going to look into it.

    Off to go check the meter and see what it says!!
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    Okay, it appears that my meter reads 57333. My reading on 9/27 was 56647. Based on a rough calculation, it looks like I'm using about 62.4KW per day. OUCH. I am on a well, which is a huge power draw, so I think I'll be lucky to knock it down anywhere below 50KW. But I'll start monitoring it daily to get a better idea of day-to-day usage, and see what I can do.

    The woman at the PG&E customer service line did say that my power usage tends to go up in the winter (thanks to baseboard heaters, an electric stove, and the electric water heater), so it will be interesting to see if I can make it go DOWN this season!

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    Next time you have to replace your oven, get a gas range- much cheaper! We have a second fridge as well and it doesn't seem to be too bad- it's worth its cost at least, in my opinion, with how much it allows us to store. I think our water heater might also be gas. I don't know how much electricity a well draws- do you? For heat, try using space heaters in the room you are in to reduce the amount you heat the whole house. Glad you were able to get help on reading the meter- mine is the same. Good luck! Can't wait to see your post tomorrow! =)

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