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    Yes, I am going to eventually change out the water heater, clothes dryer, and the stove for gas. I will have to buy a propane tank. For better or worse, the appliances I have are holding up REALLY well. My clothes dryer is probably 15 years old, I beat it up with dog blankets and such, and it runs like a champ. The stove is original to the house, so is probably about 25 years old, but works great. I can't see changing them out until they die on me, but a little part of me keeps hoping that is soon!

    I don't know what is normal for a well and unfortunately, neither did the woman at PG&E. I'll have to research that a bit.

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    27.8 kwh per day averge since last bill -- yay! I'll have to see what it was around this time last year.

    19 kwh in the past 24 hrs - woohoo! Good thing cause I think this weekend is going to be on a little heavy on the usuage

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    I finally remembered to check lol

    10/7 at 4:30pm 81876
    10/9 at 4:45pm 81902

    So, I used 26 KW in the past two days, or averaged 13 KW per day!!! But, this is based on no heat/ac use, no laundry during this time, etc. I have gotten more strict about electronic usage, and have started cutting my electric water heater off for all but several hours every evening, so I'm sure that contributes to the low number. I wrote the totals down, so when I read the meter next week, I'll get a more accurate number since laundry has to be done tomorrow, etc.

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    Awesome job! How exciting!

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    As of 10/10:

    daily avg since last bill:20.88 kwh
    last 24 hours: 20 kwh

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    Okay, meter was at 57394 this morning, which means 61 Kw yesterday. I did water the fruit trees (pump) and bake a loaf of bread (oven), but nothing else that was out of the norm for usage. No heaters or A/C on. So this may be a challenge, getting it to 50 Kw or below, especially since I have to do laundry today.

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    hmm, maybe you could get one of those e-meter things and find out what is using electricity that you could make adjustments to? In the meantime, maybe 50 is too lofty a goal. Maybe try for 55 or even 58? Anything to see an improvement. going from 60-61 down to 58 is a 2-3 difference, multiplied over 30 days in the month could make a significant difference in your bill possibly.

    Good luck!

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    I didn't check the meter yesterday, because I am fighting a cold and didn't feel like bundling up to go out there. I also did a couple of loads of laundry, so I didn't hold out much hope for a low Kw day. However, one thing I did do was turn the heat down a bit on the water heater. The water out of the tap was scalding hot, I wash all my laundry in cold, and my d/w has a heater in it, so I didn't see much reason for having it that high. (While turning the temp down, I also discovered that my heater is on a timer, but I am not sure if it is functioning. Will have to experiment.)

    I checked the meter this morning, and it read 57509. If I divide the difference by two, it works out to an average of 54.5 Kw for the last two days! Let's hope it is a trend, rather than an anomaly!!
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    last check here was on 10/9 and was 81902 average of 13KW/day

    Checked yesterday and today (had to do 4 loads of laundry - hung out to dry) and the water heater was on more than usual due to DH being home and everyone's schedule being a bit wonky) Reading today was 81960, so an average of 19KW a day with laundry. Not too bad, but I'm still working to improve that. If you factor in since I first started checking the meter, I'm only averaging 16.8 kw/day.

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    Sorry I haven't been around to post my readings, I've been sick. So I didn't check the meter for 3 days but averaging the difference I've used 20 KWH per day.

    As of 10/14:
    avg. over last 4 days= 20 kwh
    daily avg. since last bill= 20.7 kwh

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    I didn't check yesterday, but checked today. It looks like 57709 (haven't these people heard of digital?), which would mean an average of 100 Kw over the last two days, but that second "7" was so close to a "6" that I can't really tell. Guess tomorrow will be the deciding factor. I did abour four loads of laundry yesterday, and did use hot water on two of the loads, and roasted a chicken, so it is possible, but 100 seems too high and 50 seems too low.

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    Been awhile since I updated, but Friday and Saturday I averaged 30.5 kwh (was expecting that but man I didn't like to see it!) and Sunday and Monday averaged 22.5 kwh. I'm missing my 19 days, lol!

    Total average since last bill: 27.5 kwh per day. Hope I can get it down to below 25!

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    Checked mine Sunday: 81960 and again monday: 81972, so I used 12 kw over the 24 hour period. This included two loads of laundry (cold water wash, hung out to dry). I'm now averaging 16kw/day. I've pretty much figured out that my hot water heater (electric) is the big kw puller around here, so until DH gets around to installing a timer, I'll be continuing to cut it off at the breaker box when it isn't needed. It has an insulation blanket on it, so I cut it on for 2-3 hours during peak usage times (bathtime and dinner dishes/cleanup) and still have hot water the next day for breakfast/lunch dishes, etc even though the heater isn't on

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    Quote Originally Posted by madhen View Post
    I didn't check yesterday, but checked today. It looks like 57709 (haven't these people heard of digital?), which would mean an average of 100 Kw over the last two days, but that second "7" was so close to a "6" that I can't really tell. Guess tomorrow will be the deciding factor. I did abour four loads of laundry yesterday, and did use hot water on two of the loads, and roasted a chicken, so it is possible, but 100 seems too high and 50 seems too low.
    since the number immediately after the second "7" is a zero, it is indeed a seven and not a six. I tend to read mine backwards to help me, looking right to left. That way I can note if the digit in the one's place is past the zero or not and then I'll know if the digit in the 10's place would be the bigger or the smaller of the number it is nearing. Does that make sense? Hope I didn't confuse you more! But since that zero is there, it had just passed from 6 to 7.

    Hope that helps! =)

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    p.s. Luckily I have a gas water heater, a gas stove, and a gas clothes dryer.

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