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How much is your Hydro bill?

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ChubChub wrote:
Aug 13th, 2017 1:38 pm
Probable because most people DO heat their homes in the winter, and cool them in the summer, so the size of their home does matter ... a lot.
If you're using electric baseboard heaters, then electricity is a concern, but most people are using natural gas.

In the summer, air conditioning is subjective. Just because I turn mine on, you may decide it's cool enough.

The bulk of electric bills are for appliances. How often do you run your dryer. How often do you cook using the electric stove or bake. None of this has anything to do with the size of your house.
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Gee wrote:
Aug 13th, 2017 2:32 pm
If you're using electric baseboard heaters, then electricity is a concern, but most people are using natural gas.

In the summer, air conditioning is subjective. Just because I turn mine on, you may decide it's cool enough.

The bulk of electric bills are for appliances. How often do you run your dryer. How often do you cook n the electric stove or bake. None of this has anything to do with the size of your house.
I believe I am a pretty typical homeowner; I set my thermostat to the temperature I'd comfortably like my home, and let the furnace/AC do their thing. Maybe home size + temp (and location) would be a better representation, but size of home is definitely important, or at minimum, a factor.

In the winter, my electrical bills in the winter are APPROXIMATELY 25% computers (work from home), 35% fridge (my fridge sucks in every way a fridge can suck ... its next to be replaced), 10% cooking, 5% dehumidifier, and the remaining ~25% is random stuff, which logically is mostly my furnace fan ... whose draw is directly proportional to the size of my home. I don't have a LOT of hard data, since I only got my clamp-meter in Feb., and have admittedly been lazy with it, but close enough.

In the summer, it's like 65% AC, which again, is directly proportional to the size of my home.

Are you under the impression that a 10,000sq.ft home will have the same utility bills as a 600sq.ft home, assuming both have 4 people living in it? Home size is pretty obviously a factor; if not the most important one, definitely more important than simply randomly throwing out a hydro bill with no context.

You'd think your complaint would not be only about home size, but would be that people should include (as you just mentioned) factors that might also have a large impact. Just seems odd to point out home size as not mattering whatsoever, when it definitely does.
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A furnace fan will run approximately the same amount of time in a 1000 sqft as a 3000 sqft house when heating it during the winter time.
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pootza wrote:
Aug 13th, 2017 4:48 pm
A furnace fan will run approximately the same amount of time in a 1000 sqft as a 3000 sqft house when heating it during the winter time.
But the fan is probably sized larger to match the higher BTU furnace that the larger home will require.

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