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Oct 31, 2014
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Samwfive wrote:
Nov 19th, 2014 9:55 am
How many persons in the household....and you don't cook, much?
3 adults living in the house. Cook 4x/week at home. Dryer uses the majority of our energy, roughly 5 loads of laundry per week.
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We are 4, cook about 4-5 times wkly and 5-6 loads. Whole house with those spiral cfl bulbs, 3 laptops, 2 led tvs, 12yr old appliances in a 12yr old house. And my bill is almost double of yours...
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Samwfive wrote:
Nov 19th, 2014 11:14 am
We are 4, cook about 4-5 times wkly and 5-6 loads. Whole house with those spiral cfl bulbs, 3 laptops, 2 led tvs, 12yr old appliances in a 12yr old house. And my bill is almost double of yours...
You'd be amazed at the efficiency improvements in appliances in the past few years- I'm sure thats a large contributor, ours are all <3yrs old. Our family is really only home from 6pm-8am though so no on peak usage. I've been hesitant of getting a dehumidifier because I know just one additional appliance like that and my bill will go way up.
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toronto649dt wrote:
Nov 18th, 2014 10:33 pm
1900sqft, 1950s bungalow. Gas heating and water tank. Everything else electric. all energy star appliances, LED lighting. ---$60/month, 280kwh
what!?! Lies. 2 people in my home, same situation, same hours. Is this $60 the total cost of your utilities bill or the hydro portion?
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koffey wrote:
Nov 19th, 2014 1:38 pm
what!?! Lies. 2 people in my home, same situation, same hours. Is this $60 the total cost of your utilities bill or the hydro portion?
That's the total bill amount. Our usage includes,
-13 8watt LED bulbs on at any given evening for ~8hrs
-one energy star computer on for 7hrs
-LED tv on for 6hrs
-maybe average around 30mins of oven use daily
-5 loads of laundry per week
-3 loads in the dishwasher per week

Any usage beyond that is nominal. And of course all of our appliances are under a few years old and picked with efficiency in mind.

Do you have a dehumidifier or heat pump/HVAC fan running continuously? I'm curious as to how your usage differs.

We picked up a kill-a-watt meter and it has been great to find little things like cable boxes that draw a ton of energy 24/7.
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2 people - Mississauga - 1500 sq ft townhouse

45 meals cooked a month
24 washer loads a month
8 dryer loads a month

Hydro without AC $83 a month
Hydro with AC $140
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toronto649dt wrote:
Nov 19th, 2014 6:00 pm
That's the total bill amount. Our usage includes,
-13 8watt LED bulbs on at any given evening for ~8hrs
-one energy star computer on for 7hrs
-LED tv on for 6hrs
-maybe average around 30mins of oven use daily
-5 loads of laundry per week
-3 loads in the dishwasher per week

Any usage beyond that is nominal. And of course all of our appliances are under a few years old and picked with efficiency in mind.

Do you have a dehumidifier or heat pump/HVAC fan running continuously? I'm curious as to how your usage differs.

We picked up a kill-a-watt meter and it has been great to find little things like cable boxes that draw a ton of energy 24/7.
Nothing running continuously. I would have to have a look to see the draws. But here is a break down.
2x40w bulbs, from 5pm-10pm day
1 lcd tv from 5pm-9pm day
stove 1hr max day
3 wash/dry a week
no dishwasher or anything else

not sure about zombie draws...
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koffey wrote:
Nov 20th, 2014 1:20 pm
Nothing running continuously. I would have to have a look to see the draws. But here is a break down.
2x40w bulbs, from 5pm-10pm day
1 lcd tv from 5pm-9pm day
stove 1hr max day
3 wash/dry a week
no dishwasher or anything else

not sure about zombie draws...
You should look into if your local library has any kill-a-watt meters that you can rent out. I've always thought "vampire draws" from phone chargers and the such to use a negligible amount so I've only concerned myself with major things.

Dryer
Vacuum
Electric kettle
Stove
Microwave
Toaster
Hair dryer

Those are the only things in my house that comes to mind in terms of 1000w+ draw but most are only used briefly so largely don't make a difference. We also have hydronic baseboard heat in our house with no AC.

I'm just waiting for heat pump dyers to come to the Canadian market, should see a few by next year now that dryers have to be rated on efficiency like everything else.
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BC Hydro customer - 1990's 3,700 sq ft + 700 sq ft unfinished partially heated garage & workshop - 3 adults, 2 children (2 adults and 2 children home most of the day)
Approx $2,400 annually. Primary source of heat, electric baseboard :( , water tank is electric, and we use secondary wood heat (2 cords of wood for the wood stove - $440 per year) and use a natural gas fireplace (unknown cost, just reactivated). 3 full size fridges, 1 beverage fridge and a stand up deep freezer.
House is heated to about 20 degrees in primary rooms and 10-14 in unused rooms.
Pretty happy with the costs now based on the size of the house. Upgraded thermostats to digital timers. Will be upgrading most light bulbs to LEDs.
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Oct 31, 2014
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Anyone have any huge bill increase now that rates have gone up? (In Ontario, at least).
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kittypink wrote:
Nov 20th, 2014 12:21 pm
2 people - Mississauga - 1500 sq ft townhouse

45 meals cooked a month
24 washer loads a month
8 dryer loads a month

Hydro without AC $83 a month
Hydro with AC $140
hm.. maybe markham has higher rates. i have similar setting with less loads but i am getting
Hydro without AC ~$80 a month
Hydro with AC set to 23c ~$100

2 people - Markham- 1500 sq ft townhouse
31 meals cooked a month
12 washer loads a month
12 dryer loads a month
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Feb 16, 2004
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Newmarket, 2100 sq ft semi-detached, unfinished basement.
$112/month for hydro including sewer
Gas stove, cooking at home, occasional use of toaster oven and microwave.
2 people
3-4 loads of laundry + same of dryer per month
2-3 loads of dishwasher
elliptical and treadmill
tv, Christmas tree and outside lights in the last month...
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edkate wrote:
Dec 30th, 2014 2:20 pm
Newmarket, 2100 sq ft semi-detached, unfinished basement.
$112/month for hydro including sewer
Gas stove, cooking at home, occasional use of toaster oven and microwave.
2 people
3-4 loads of laundry + same of dryer per month
err..is that normal....3-4 loads per month???
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thelefteyeguy wrote:
Dec 30th, 2014 2:32 pm
err..is that normal....3-4 loads per month???
if we have lots of clothing, why not? it's like doing laundry every week :) every month I do bedding....
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Jan 1, 2013
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Burlington, ON
2 people
Detached home, 1700 sq/feet built in 1970s
Gas stove, dryer, water heater and furnace.
Fridge, stove and dishwasher are 20 years old. I have a deep freezer too.
95% of laundry and dish washing is done on off peak times.
All CFLs except 3 LEDs.
Two fish tanks always running. One always on computer.

My hydro bill for Oct and Nov was $335. Seems too high for me.

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