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In BC people with "smart" electronic power meters (now the majority) can go to the BC Hydro website and check their daily use of electricity, with data as recent as the previous day. Also there are 2 optional devices available for about $35 and $70 that give real-time data on the residence power use and cost. The $70 device lets people check the power data on a smartphone or tablet.

According to the website my house uses about half the power of similar nearby houses. That is mostly because I live alone and don't do a lot of cooking and laundry drying (5 loads a month). However the upstairs of my 1900 s.f. house is electric heated (total 5 baseboards & rooms) so on colder days my power use is about the same as those nearby. Currently I use monthly about $50 electricity and $100 gas, bedrooms are 10C and downstairs is 10C night / 15C day except family room is 20C day. In summer the bills drop to about $25 each.

Interestingly, I know a guy on the next street who lives alone in a 3000 s.f. house and he pays about the same as I do for energy, but his house feels much less chilly even though he keeps the thermostat low. Probably because my house is a cheapy with 2x4 walls, vinyl siding, and aluminum frame windows, while his place was custom built by the original owner and has 2x6 walls, stucco (less wind penetration), and vinyl frame windows.
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Backlight wrote:
Dec 30th, 2014 5:28 pm
Guess what - whatever it is now its going to cost more!

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patrob wrote:
Dec 31st, 2014 2:04 am
:-0 :facepalm: That's just ridiculous > :(
What is ridiculous is that people still pin all this stuff on Wynne/McGuinty.

The current power generation and delivery system in Ontario is a result of Mike Harris' attempts at deregulating the Ontario energy market with the Energy Competition Act of 1998 which created Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One and have ratepayers directly pay for Ontario Hydro's debt via the introduced Debt Retirement Charge.

This is Mike Harris' and the PC party's legacy. Sure, McGuinty added some personal touches as well but he's not the one who laid down the foundation for this mess.
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adams7 wrote:
Jan 5th, 2015 2:58 pm
In BC people with "smart" electronic power meters (now the majority) can go to the BC Hydro website and check their daily use of electricity, with data as recent as the previous day. Also there are 2 optional devices available for about $35 and $70 that give real-time data on the residence power use and cost. The $70 device lets people check the power data on a smartphone or tablet.

According to the website my house uses about half the power of similar nearby houses. That is mostly because I live alone and don't do a lot of cooking and laundry drying (5 loads a month). However the upstairs of my 1900 s.f. house is electric heated (total 5 baseboards & rooms) so on colder days my power use is about the same as those nearby. Currently I use monthly about $50 electricity and $100 gas, bedrooms are 10C and downstairs is 10C night / 15C day except family room is 20C day. In summer the bills drop to about $25 each.

Interestingly, I know a guy on the next street who lives alone in a 3000 s.f. house and he pays about the same as I do for energy, but his house feels much less chilly even though he keeps the thermostat low. Probably because my house is a cheapy with 2x4 walls, vinyl siding, and aluminum frame windows, while his place was custom built by the original owner and has 2x6 walls, stucco (less wind penetration), and vinyl frame windows.
...in Markham, Vaughn etc Ontario...this ability to monitor usage has been with us for more than 3 years...
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-2 adults (1 working from home daily and another working from home on average 1 day per week)
-~5 year old, 1900 sq. ft. semi with gas furnace, hot water tank and stove
-LED lights throughout
-Dishwasher ran 3 - 4 times per week
-Toaster used every morning, rice cooker multiple times per week and an electric kettle used 3+ times per day (I really should just get a water boiler)
-3 - 4 loads of laundry per week with most clothes being hung dried and then ironed
-1 plasma used about 7 - 10 hours per week

Bills are $50 - $60 per month, though this month was on the higher end due to Christmas guests:

47.4 kWh @ on-peak
40.7 kWh @ mid-peak
209.6 kWh @ off-peak

Total bill was $63.85 after a $31.21 delivery charge and $7.10 Ontario Clean Energy Benefit
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thelefteyeguy wrote:
Jan 5th, 2015 3:57 pm
...in Markham, Vaughn etc Ontario...this ability to monitor usage has been with us for more than 3 years...
We have had the new power meters about the same length of time but most people here are unaware of the energy monitoring that can be done. Here is the chart of the last 30 days of my power user, looks like I'm using about 18 kWh/day. The peak around Dec 30 is when I made a big pot of chili con carne on the electric stove, probably 75 cents of electricity used for that.

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No doubt they will soon use the new meters to charge us more for using power during peak hours, but controlling our peak hours consumption is a good way to delay the construction of new generating systems.
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Winkle wrote:
Jan 5th, 2015 3:25 pm
What is ridiculous is that people still pin all this stuff on Wynne/McGuinty.

The current power generation and delivery system in Ontario is a result of Mike Harris' attempts at deregulating the Ontario energy market with the Energy Competition Act of 1998 which created Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One and have ratepayers directly pay for Ontario Hydro's debt via the introduced Debt Retirement Charge.

This is Mike Harris' and the PC party's legacy. Sure, McGuinty added some personal touches as well but he's not the one who laid down the foundation for this mess.
Personal touch is an understatement.

The green energy act is killing us. We still need base load for when the sun's not shining and when the wind is not blowing. Then when it's all happening at the same time we have excess electricity and have to dump it or pay someone to take it away. Moreover, the government is paying green producers a huge sum for each KW/H so it's economically viable for them to produce...

So, pay green producers $0.90KW/H, pay someone $0.10 to 'dispose of it' for us.. Tax payers out $1.00 per KW!! It's actually mind boggling.
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My bills seem crazy high. Just moved into the house a couple months ago. Built in 1973, 1500 sq ft + 750 sq ft finished basement. Just the two of us, wife is in sales and is based out of the home but on the road for the majority of the day. The house is north south facing and the AC didn't turn on that much this summer due to all the trees around us.

ON-PEAK KWH - 0.161000 - 88.6100 - $14.27
MID-PEAK KWH - 0.122000 - 78.7200 - $9.60
OFF-PEAK KWH - 0.080000 - 359.4700 - $28.76
DELIVERY CHARGES - $33.27
REGULATORY CHARGES - $3.36
DEBT RETIREMENT CHARGE - $3.69
OTHER CHARGES
REBATE INFORMATION
HST ON ELECTRIC - $12.08
ONTARIO CLEAN ENERGY BENEFIT: 10% off applicable electricity charges and taxes $10.51CR
TOTAL ELECTRIC $94.52
WATER AND SEWER SERVICES
RESIDENTIAL WATER CHARGE 0.042400 300.0000 - $12.72
RESIDENTIAL SEWER CHARGE 0.046920 300.0000 - $14.08
UTILITY BASIC CHARGE - $28.00
TOTAL WATER/SEWER - $54.80
CURRENT CHARGES - $149.32
TOTAL AMOUNT DUE - $149.32
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Stylz68 wrote:
Sep 30th, 2015 12:13 pm
My bills seem crazy high. Just moved into the house a couple months ago. Built in 1973, 1500 sq ft + 750 sq ft finished basement. Just the two of us, wife is in sales and is based out of the home but on the road for the majority of the day. The house is north south facing and the AC didn't turn on that much this summer due to all the trees around us.

ON-PEAK KWH - 0.161000 - 88.6100 - $14.27
MID-PEAK KWH - 0.122000 - 78.7200 - $9.60
OFF-PEAK KWH - 0.080000 - 359.4700 - $28.76
DELIVERY CHARGES - $33.27
REGULATORY CHARGES - $3.36
DEBT RETIREMENT CHARGE - $3.69
OTHER CHARGES
REBATE INFORMATION
HST ON ELECTRIC - $12.08
ONTARIO CLEAN ENERGY BENEFIT: 10% off applicable electricity charges and taxes $10.51CR
TOTAL ELECTRIC $94.52
WATER AND SEWER SERVICES
RESIDENTIAL WATER CHARGE 0.042400 300.0000 - $12.72
RESIDENTIAL SEWER CHARGE 0.046920 300.0000 - $14.08
UTILITY BASIC CHARGE - $28.00
TOTAL WATER/SEWER - $54.80
CURRENT CHARGES - $149.32
TOTAL AMOUNT DUE - $149.32
How many days does the bill cover?
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retrovette wrote:
Sep 30th, 2015 2:21 pm
How many days does the bill cover?
Lol, got you all worked up huh? It's a 2-mth bill in Toronto.

Easy guess, he n the missus have candle-lit dinners, that's why. :D
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Samwfive wrote:
Sep 30th, 2015 3:53 pm
Lol, got you all worked up huh? It's a 2-mth bill in Toronto.

Easy guess, he n the missus have candle-lit dinners, that's why. :D
I'm in Newmarket now and that bill was only 31 days.
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Stylz68 wrote:
Sep 30th, 2015 12:13 pm
My bills seem crazy high. Just moved into the house a couple months ago. Built in 1973, 1500 sq ft + 750 sq ft finished basement. Just the two of us, wife is in sales and is based out of the home but on the road for the majority of the day. The house is north south facing and the AC didn't turn on that much this summer due to all the trees around us.

ON-PEAK KWH - 0.161000 - 88.6100 - $14.27
MID-PEAK KWH - 0.122000 - 78.7200 - $9.60
OFF-PEAK KWH - 0.080000 - 359.4700 - $28.76
DELIVERY CHARGES - $33.27
REGULATORY CHARGES - $3.36
DEBT RETIREMENT CHARGE - $3.69
OTHER CHARGES
REBATE INFORMATION
HST ON ELECTRIC - $12.08
ONTARIO CLEAN ENERGY BENEFIT: 10% off applicable electricity charges and taxes $10.51CR
TOTAL ELECTRIC $94.52
WATER AND SEWER SERVICES
RESIDENTIAL WATER CHARGE 0.042400 300.0000 - $12.72
RESIDENTIAL SEWER CHARGE 0.046920 300.0000 - $14.08
UTILITY BASIC CHARGE - $28.00
TOTAL WATER/SEWER - $54.80
CURRENT CHARGES - $149.32
TOTAL AMOUNT DUE - $149.32
you do know the bill includes Hydro AND water right?
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Got our first bill, 701kWh, $60 for 31 days
$12.6 base + 701kWh x 0.0568$/kWh (first 30 kWh per day)

Edit: I do have a dehumidifier running which seems to be pulling 10-15kWh per day plus an old fridge from the 80s :S
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Samwfive wrote:
Sep 30th, 2015 3:53 pm
Lol, got you all worked up huh? It's a 2-mth bill in Toronto.

Easy guess, he n the missus have candle-lit dinners, that's why. :D
Not worked up at all. It just doesn't make sense to post a cost without the number of days.
Looks like you guessed wrong anyway. LOL
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About 80 bucks, but my hydro is billed every 2 months
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Mine Seems a bit high to me. Around $80 a month including delivery which is like half he cost. On a threshold plan at 9.4 cents/kwh and it seems I use about 400-550 kwh per month.

4 yrs old condo townhouse, eco built and I keep the temp at 24-25 this summer.

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