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How many KWh do you use in a day?

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Oct 13, 2008
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Just got our latest Hydro Bill ... Oshawa PUC ... $87.81 ... average usage for 31 day cycle ( 15.55 kWh/day )
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Relevant news for this thread... Enersource, Horizon Utilities and PowerStream have officially merged to become Alectra Inc. Hydro One Brampton will be acquired from the Province of Ontario at the end of February.

The new company will be serving these communities >>> Alliston, Aurora, Barrie, Beeton, Brampton, Bradford, Hamilton, Markham, Mississauga, Penetanguishene, Richmond Hill, St. Catharines, Thornton, Tottenham and Vaughan. Seems Toronto, Oakville and Burlington are the only cities around the horseshoe that opted out.
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Mar 15, 2015
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Ottawa, ON
To the OP question - our average use per day over the past year has been 9.07kWh. We run gas heating and hot water; all else is electric. We rarely use the AC or the Dryer.
3 person house - 1600 sqf plus basement.
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FYI Toronto Hydro just rolled out a more useful and more responsive "My Usage" feature for online accounts; "PowerLens is new and improved!"

It's pretty much the same data as before (nothing new there) but usability seems better and much more responsive.

https://myusage.torontohydro.com/myenergy/billhistory



For reference, my usage for 2016:

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Mar 6, 2017
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Toronto, ON
With hydro prices being as high as they are I've replaced most bulbs in my house wth LEDs, installed a gas range etc. I am wondering how much power others are uising?
My situation: 2 adults and 2 kids, 2 story 3 bedroom house with a finished basement (2000 sqft including the basement), electric washer and dryer (they run frequently with two small kids at home), dishwasher. Some power tools like a table saw, jointer and planer, but I've not been using them this winter. Two small baseboard heaters in kids' bedrooms, but used very infrequently - the house is well insulated and the gas furnace does its job.


My monthly consumption:
Feb. 510 KWh
Jan. 659 KWh
Dec. 456 KWh
Nov. 502 KWh

I think January was higher because we turned on the baseboard heaters for a couple of hours most nights. By the way we keep our house at 70 degrees when we are not in, at 73 when we come home and 70-71 at night.

How does it compare to your situation? Thank you.
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Oct 14, 2007
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581 KWh for Feb

2 toddlers, 2 adults, 2 story, 4 bedroom, finished basement end unit town home. 33% of lights are LED. No baseboard heaters, I do have some home automation installed where things like porch lights turn on. 2 days a week I do have people utilizing several hours of mid-peak usage.

I do have a lot of windows... 33 panes on the first floor.... PITA... I'm in the top 15% for consumption of power when compared to be neighbours.

Just adding 2100 sqft home
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Dec 5, 2015
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Thornhill, ON
2400sqft house...2 adults

Feb 2017 - 211 kwh
Dec 2016-Jan 2017 - 280kwh per mth
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Mar 12, 2008
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Toronto
1600 total sq ft.

666Kwh.

my energy audit thingy from toronto hydro said i was above avg in consumption lol
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Oct 6, 2007
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Kootenays
2600 sq. ft. on the main, 2150 on the lower. We do a lot of laundry, as we have a small resort. We did approximately 80 cabin nights over the 2 months of the latest billing cycle, Dec 15-Feb 15. That means 80 laundry loads along with our family's laundry with 2 adults and 2 teens. We don't have access to gas in our region, so we heat with electricity. We replaced an oil furnace 4 or 5 years ago with a forced air electric (fancoil) and a heat pump. The heat pump has been great until this winter, which has been unusually cold for us. We usually see a few nights of -20c, with normals being -10c nights and -5c - +2c days. This period we've had about 30 nights of -20 or lower and plenty of days of -15 highs. The heat pump isn't very efficient below -15, so our heating has relied on the much less efficient fancoil. The cabin hydro is separate from the house.

To make matters worse, BC has a 2 tier system with the first 1398 kWh at $0.0829 and anything over charged at $0.1243, so the bulk of our usage is in the top tier.

Dec 15 -Feb 15 9766 kWh $1287.27

To put it perspective, the same period last year was 7591 kWh.
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Sep 13, 2016
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1900sqft house, finished basement. 2 adults. Mostly around 220-250Kwh. All bulbs replaced with LEDs.
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May 23, 2009
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Its been tough trying to get back under 10kwh this year. There was a huge reduction once I turned off the incandescent exterior Christmas lights but not quite enough compared to January 2016. Main difference is Mrs Bubuski and Baby Bubuski are now home during the day.

Most of the lights fixtures in the house have a pair of 13w CFL bulbs, I've been considering switching them out to 9w led but does not seem to be a sizable saving.
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May 23, 2009
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hoob wrote:
Feb 23rd, 2017 8:19 am
FYI Toronto Hydro just rolled out a more useful and more responsive "My Usage" feature for online accounts; "PowerLens is new and improved!"

It's pretty much the same data as before (nothing new there) but usability seems better and much more responsive.

https://myusage.torontohydro.com/myenergy/billhistory



For reference, my usage for 2016:

http://i.imgur.com/aEtae1f.png
I like how the data is presented. It's pumped full of useful information...weather, rates and comparing with neighbours.

What I get from Enersouce is pretty bland.
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Nov 17, 2012
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Toronto
I win (for non-resort properties although with my daughters teenage friends here all the time it feels like I'm running an all-inclusive resort).

Nov 1336
Dec 1673
Jan 1671
Feb 1592

Feb 2015 was over 2000 kWh.

I have NO idea why mine is so much higher than what others report. Clearly I can't be using 5-10 times what some of you are (family of 3, one TV that is rarely on, gas heat, gas hot water, electric dryer). I have a 100+ year old 3 story brick home with new windows (brick to brick install), new flat roof w insulation etc.

The only big variable is a 120v hot tub outside we run all year. But - even if it was running 24/7, that would be 1800w (theoretical max of a 15A circuit) x 24 hours x 30 days which would be 1,294 kWh. And obviously it's not running that much (I know this to be true, and have had a Kill A Watt meter on it before). I think it's likely about 1/3 to 1/2 that. Perhaps 400-600 kWh on its own, leaving me still using a boatload of power.

Not growing my own, lots of LED's and our lights don't stay on that much.

I dunno. I pay the bill and move on. I'll drain the tub and see what happens.
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Nov 17, 2012
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Toronto
I'm using tons. Must be my hot tub, but even with that I can't figure out why so much. 2016 data - in the cold months I'm blowing through over 1500 kwh monthly so 50 a day.

3 story semi brick 100+ year old home with all new windows (Andersen, brick to brick install), new flat roof w rigid foam insulation and a 10 year old mid-efficiency furnace. Fan blows a lot.

Gas heat, gas water heater, gas stove.

Electric dryer. 1 65" plasma which is on about 30 minutes on average a day. 3 MacBooks, 3 iPhones, 3 iPads, LED lights most places.

Time to put the killawat meter back on the tub and see if it's burning more than it should. Theoretically if it was running 24/7 it would be about 1300 kwh monthly (15A 120v circuit so 1800w x 24 x 30 = 1296kwh). I'm guessing it's running 30% of the time, so about 400 for the tub. The other 1000+ is a mystery.
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