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Electricity bill of 800$ for November and December

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Electricity bill of 800$ for November and December

Hey guys!

I bought a new house (detached) this year (finished ~early 2017).

I just received my energy bill for November 8th to January 10th (64 days) and am a bit surprised.

The cost for this period is 795.91$ (8203 KWh).

I know it's impossible to tell exactly if this is too high or not without knowing almost everything about the house and our consumption but I'm just interested in knowing if if "seems" too high or if it appears normal.

Some details:
I live in Quebec City
House is ~3800 sf2 (including basement)
Integrated garage.
100% electricity heated.
We are only 2 - me and my girlfriend and there's nothing unusual about our habits / energy consumption.

Thanks!
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Malkavian wrote:
Jan 19th, 2018 11:33 am
Hey guys!

I bought a new house (detached) this year (finished ~early 2017).

I just received my energy bill for November 8th to January 10th (64 days) and am a bit surprised.

The cost for this period is 795.91$ (8203 KWh).

I know it's impossible to tell exactly if this is too high or not without knowing almost everything about the house and our consumption but I'm just interested in knowing if if "seems" too high or if it appears normal.

Some details:
I live in Quebec City
House is ~3800 sf2 (including basement)
Integrated garage.
100% electricity heated.
We are only 2 - me and my girlfriend and there's nothing unusual about our habits / energy consumption.

Thanks!
It sounds like you've got a big house that is totally dependent on electricity - I think a big bill to pay for it wouldn't be so unusual given the low temperatures we've been having.
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It's a huge house and you're using electricity to heat it so yeah that sounds about right for the middle of winter in Quebec.

The significant costs of using electricity for heat are why a lot of people prefer natural gas. Might not be possible depending on where you are though.
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That is a huge house (was there some reason you wanted such a big house?), and I'm not at all surprised by your bill considering it is using electric heat.
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Even though it's a new house, maybe get an energy audit done to see if there's a reason. Seems high to me.
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Think of the Childre…
Neighbour is tapping into your powersource to power their grow-op.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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I thought the bill was kinda low. I have family and friends that rely on 100% electricity that pay $320 a month on equal installments all year for homes that are significantly smaller. Your greatest advantage is that hydro rates are low in QC.
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This is a new house? What's the thermostat set at?

~$0.10/kWh all in is really cheap, so that's not the issue. 8,203kWh in 64 days (128/day) is more than I've used in the last 8 months, including A/C season (of course, I don't have electric heat). Either your neighbor was running an elaborate Christmas light show off of your outdoor plugs, or your place is toasty.

Of course, being 3,800 sqft accounts for some of it.
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Cheapo-Findo wrote:
Jan 19th, 2018 1:59 pm
Neighbour is tapping into your powersource to power their grow-op.
No joke.
Sometimes they take some 10 guage wire, to through the meter and tap the lines on the utility side.
Nucking futs.
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Sounds not too bad. We have a house, about the same size, older (1990s, so still fairly energy efficient, but not as good as new builds) on the Westcoast. We use a natural gas fireplace, a wood stove and baseboard heat and last winter, our bills were $400-600 for a month. Just the price of heating a big house. For our electricity provider, there's a button to compare to your neighbors. We use a bit more than our neighbors, but that's a good way to find out how you are doing.

2016
BC Hydro

Electric Charges
Nov 26 to Dec 28 ( Residential Conservation Rate 1101 )
Basic Charge: 33 days @ $0.18350 /day 6.06 *
Energy charge:
Step 1: 732 kW.h @ $0.08290 /kW.h 60.68 *
Step 2: 3475 kW.h @ $0.12430 /kW.h 431.94 *
Rate Rider at 5.0% 24.93 *
* GST 26.18


$549.79

2017
Electric Charges
Nov 29 to Dec 28 ( Residential Conservation Rate 1101 )
Basic Charge: 30 days @ $0.18990 /day 5.70 *
Energy charge:
Step 1: 666 kW.h @ $0.08580 /kW.h 57.14 *
Step 2: 2698 kW.h @ $0.12870 /kW.h 347.23 *
Rate Rider at 5.0% 20.50 *
* GST 21.53

$452.10
Malkavian wrote:
Jan 19th, 2018 11:33 am
Hey guys!

I bought a new house (detached) this year (finished ~early 2017).

I just received my energy bill for November 8th to January 10th (64 days) and am a bit surprised.

The cost for this period is 795.91$ (8203 KWh).

I know it's impossible to tell exactly if this is too high or not without knowing almost everything about the house and our consumption but I'm just interested in knowing if if "seems" too high or if it appears normal.

Some details:
I live in Quebec City
House is ~3800 sf2 (including basement)
Integrated garage.
100% electricity heated.
We are only 2 - me and my girlfriend and there's nothing unusual about our habits / energy consumption.

Thanks!
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Mike15 wrote:
Jan 19th, 2018 2:34 pm
This is a new house? What's the thermostat set at?

~$0.10/kWh all in is really cheap, so that's not the issue. 8,203kWh in 64 days (128/day) is more than I've used in the last 8 months, including A/C season (of course, I don't have electric heat). Either your neighbor was running an elaborate Christmas light show off of your outdoor plugs, or your place is toasty.

Of course, being 3,800 sqft accounts for some of it.
Yeah the house is brand new. ~ 1 year old.

My girlfriend insist on keeping the temperature at 23°C which certainly doesn't help.
Also, I have heard on the news that the winter was particularly harsh around here (6-8°C under regular temperature) which also contributed to the relatively high bill I guess.
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Malkavian wrote:
Jan 21st, 2018 10:46 am
Yeah the house is brand new. ~ 1 year old.

My girlfriend insist on keeping the temperature at 23°C which certainly doesn't help.
Also, I have heard on the news that the winter was particularly harsh around here (6-8°C under regular temperature) which also contributed to the relatively high bill I guess.
23 degrees is not "normal use" in my opinion. You could walk around in shorts at -40 outside your house is so warm. We keep ours at 20-21 and this is still warmer than many on here do. If your girlfriend still "insists" after seeing an $800 bill, then let her pay the extra.
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Try dropping to 20 degrees, and wear warmer clothes.... do you have an option to get natural gas heating? what about a gas fireplace?
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Turn down the thermostats in some of the rooms you don't use too much. We have a large house too, mostly electric heat and set the temperature to about 12C in rooms we aren't in too often. Main bedroom is set at 12C also.
Bathroom has a programmable thermostat with the overnight temp set for 15C, and timed to come on just prior to us getting up.
The rest of the house is 19 with the overnight and away temperatures set for 17.
You may also want to look into installing a heat pump. The pumps that are Energy Star rated are very efficient and will still produce some heat at -22C. They also do a good job of cooling in the summer.
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Get nest or some programmable thermostat. I have a 3200 sq ft house myself for 3... during the day it dips to roughly 18 and then up to 20 around 4pm.. 23 seems too hot. Get your girlfriend a nice sweater to stay warm ;)

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