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  • kyle

    I dont understand. We do nothing special and we are using about 150 kWh per month. What are the rest of you doing to use so much power?

    • John

      I can’t speak for other people, just myself. I use around 2100 kWh per month. I am a freelance programmer with a pretty beefy computer and 3 monitors, which is on all the time. I also play a lot of games and have multiple TV’s running at the same time occasionally. I also have two servers that are always on to host some dedicated games and a website. Also since the Xbox One doesn’t allow for split-screen anymore, when friends come over I have multiple Xbox One’s and TV’s so we can play together and sometimes host LAN parties. Not to mention my entire electrically ran house. Electric stove, water heater, dishwasher, furnace/ac, microwave, coffee machine, etc. Also, size of house makes a difference too. I live in a 2800 square foot house, which can take a lot to heat and cool. Personally I think I’m doing alright in power consumption, but I guess that’s just a matter of perspective.

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    • Lisa

      I just moved to a 1,500 sq ft house in Washington State. It’s cold, so we have the heat running, the house is 100% electric, as opposed to gas + electric, and we have only baseboard heaters and space heaters rather than more efficient heating methods (unfortunately). We used just over 850 kWh for the last month.

  • John

    I can’t speak for other people, just myself. I use around 2000 kWh per month. I am a freelance programmer with a pretty beefy computer and 3 monitors, which is on all the time. I also play a lot of games and have multiple TV’s running at the same time occasionally. I also have two servers that are always on to host some dedicated games and a website. Also since the Xbox One doesn’t allow for splitscreen anymore, when friends come over I have multiple Xbox One’s and TV’s so we can play together and sometimes host LAN parties. Not to mention my entire electrically ran house. Electric stove, water heater, dishwasher, furnace/ac, microwave, coffie machine, etc. Personally I think I’m doing alright in power consumption.

  • kris

    we use 517 KWh, on averge, per month. the bill is around $83 per month. Califonia. malibu

    • Tim Carmichael

      is this also in the summer when using air condition? How many sq ft home do you have?

    • Raymond

      I’m in the San Fernando Valley by myself in a studio. With AC running occasionally throughout the day I’m averaging 6.95 kWh per day, or about 200 kWh per month.

  • lizzie

    I am currently in an uproar over my utility bill. I live in Louisiana and according to my kWh I am using between 3,000/4000 kWh per month. My residence is a single family 1500 sq. ft. home. I was subscribing to the “level” billing plan offered by my energy company, which averages my bill based on 12 months usage. My bill averages $350+ per month. Recently I got off level billing and my last month’s bill was $537, (163 kWh per day) They ran a test meter at my request and I am now waiting to hear the results. I just don’t think anyone should pay this much just to have lights on in their home.

    • Gkiter

      So what was the verdict? You are using in a month what we use in a year for the same size home, that is ridiculous.

  • T C

    I use anywhere from 1200-1800 kwh in the Peoples Republic of Kalifornia, Los Angeles.

  • Honeybadger

    I am not sure how people use as much electricity as they do. My fiance and I use about 200-230 kWh/month. Granted, I live on the coast of Southern California and we have fairly stable weather year-round. We do not have AC and do not use electricity to heat the house (actually, we have never even turned on our gas furnace, come to think of it). I have a pretty powerful computer with multiple monitors and we have all kinds of devices hooked up throughout the house. We have two 50 inch TVs. We also have two full sized refrigerators and a chest freezer running at all times. We don’t do anything special to conserve electricity; except basic things like turning lights and appliances off when not in use… So I guess my question is: How on Earth do people use so much electricity?

    • mdsn2010

      Live in Mississippi.

    • Gkiter

      on “off months” we are not that far, around 250 kwh. Off months means no heat and no A/C. That covers electricity for lights, appliances including cooking (water heater and dryer are gaz), in a 1500+ house. All LED lights and electric cooking. Once the furnace kicks in that’s when things change, older model hog for the fan and some a/c in the summer but we average 400 year round and that is lower than almost all my neighbors, not doing anything special other than turning lights off when not in use. My computer uses around 200 watts but don’t use it much and it’s off when not in use. How much electricity will greatly depend on how many appliances are running and how efficient they are and how long people live in their home as opposed to someone at work form 7 am to 7 pm.

  • Jeffrey Granger

    1758 Kwh last month 1300 sq ft home Just outside of Orlando Fl. My wife and I work compressed shifts on opposite ends of the week.
    For the last three months on my days off (3 to 4 days a week) Ive completely shut off the A/C during the day even though the inside temp of the house exceeds 90+ degrees, I stopped using the cloths dryer except for bath towels ,use a an outside laundry line to dry the kids and my clothes, and use the outside smoker and grill for cooking dinner to keep from using the electric oven and keep the house from getting hotter.
    At first we were saving about 50 bucks a month, with usage around 1300 kwh a month. Now all of a sudden the usage jumped up to 1758. WTF????

    • Gkiter

      1800 kwh is abnormal and above national average especially if a/c is turned off, we use below 400 kwh on average, that includes running the furnace in the winter and some a/c in June to early September. Something is draining juice in your home or the neighbor is piggybacking your meter, even in the summer with a 15 years old a/c turned on every day we were never above 600 kwh for a 1500 sq ft house. You should get one of these free energy audits.

  • Jessica2248

    I live on base and the house is maybe 1500 sq ft, and our meter reads 2070 kwh. our thermostat is always on 74/75, and at night we turn it off altogether. How can you tell if your air system is broken? Each month we have been here our bill increases 50 – 75 dollars every month. I look at my usage compared to those of my neighbors on base and we use 207% more than they do, and we do everything possible to conserve energy.

    • Moeko Brooks

      It sounds like the A/C unit is struggling to run. Also, it’s best not to turn it off all the way. It takes more energy for the unit to start up and catch up rather than to turn it up a few notches; maybe to whatever temperature it is at night when you don’t have the unit on.

    • Gkiter

      Get a tune up for your a/c or replace it if old. Our a/c is 15 years old and we don’t use near this much electricity, in the heat of the summer it drains about 200 kwh above the rest of our normal use. Also make sure your a/c is not running when you’re not home.