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Hydro/water bill

Hello we are first time home buyer and moved to a house in June. we just got our second month bill and not sure if usage is normal or we are doing something wrong. Family of 2, wife working from home. Thanks in advance

Your Electricity Charges For 2021-07-22 To 2021-08-20

On Peak TOU - Summer (155.42 kWh @ 0.17 / kWh) $26.42
Mid Peak TOU - Summer (120.68 kWh @ 0.113 / kWh) $13.64
Off Peak TOU - Summer (360.93 kWh @ 0.082 / kWh) $29.60
Delivery $36.84
Regulatory Charges $2.81
HST $14.21
Ontario Electricity Rebate $20.66CR
Your Total Electricity Charges $102.86

WATER Your Water Charges For 2021-07-20 To 2021-08-18
Fixed Charge $18.83
Water Main Replacement Levy $11.80
Water Usage (11 CM @ 0.672 / CM) $7.39
Total Water Charges $38.02


WASTE WATER Your Waste Water Charges For 2021-07-20 To 2021-08-18
Fixed Component $17.61
Consumption Component (11 CM @ 2.86 / CM) $31.46
Your Total Waste Water Charges $49.07

Total Amount Due $189.95
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mapleleaf6 wrote: Hello we are first time home buyer and moved to a house in June. we just got our second month bill and not sure if usage is normal or we are doing something wrong. Family of 2, wife working from home. Thanks in advance

Your Electricity Charges For 2021-07-22 To 2021-08-20

On Peak TOU - Summer (155.42 kWh @ 0.17 / kWh) $26.42
Mid Peak TOU - Summer (120.68 kWh @ 0.113 / kWh) $13.64
Off Peak TOU - Summer (360.93 kWh @ 0.082 / kWh) $29.60
Delivery $36.84
Regulatory Charges $2.81
HST $14.21
Ontario Electricity Rebate $20.66CR
Your Total Electricity Charges $102.86

WATER Your Water Charges For 2021-07-20 To 2021-08-18
Fixed Charge $18.83
Water Main Replacement Levy $11.80
Water Usage (11 CM @ 0.672 / CM) $7.39
Total Water Charges $38.02


WASTE WATER Your Waste Water Charges For 2021-07-20 To 2021-08-18
Fixed Component $17.61
Consumption Component (11 CM @ 2.86 / CM) $31.46
Your Total Waste Water Charges $49.07

Total Amount Due $189.95
looks good to me. just me and wife, my hydro bill is $85 monthly we do not work from home. water bill is about $65 monthly.
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If that is what you were charged, it is YOUR normal.
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Your hydro bill isn't high at all, although you didn't specify your house size. My hydro bill is always higher than that
[OP]
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coffeeguy wrote: If that is what you were charged, it is YOUR normal.
i am just wondering if theres any setting on furnace or ac that needs to change. for some reason lots of consumption between 11-5
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Shaner wrote: Your hydro bill isn't high at all, although you didn't specify your house size. My hydro bill is always higher than that
Sorry i believe its around 3000sqft. Raised ranch.
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mapleleaf6 wrote: i am just wondering if theres any setting on furnace or ac that needs to change. for some reason lots of consumption between 11-5
You're working from home. There was a heat wave across quite a bit of Ontario for a couple of weeks. Your AC was probably kicking in quite a bit during the hottest hours of the day.

My wife and I work in offices in the basement. When it's 35 degrees outside and 26 degrees upstairs it's 22 in the basement. We turn our AC off during the day, while working.
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mapleleaf6 wrote: i am just wondering if theres any setting on furnace or ac that needs to change. for some reason lots of consumption between 11-5
That's when most likely AC is on I guess. Set it higher or use fan if you ok with more heat..
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Our amount was very similar as a family of two both staying home. You might save a few dollars in electricity if you have an option to choose a tiered system instead of TOU.
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I am still trying to learn this rheem thermostat. So to turn AC off means set to fan mode only and to set it high change the setting from 74F to like 75-76F ?
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clutch31 wrote: Our amount was very similar as a family of two both staying home. You might save a few dollars in electricity if you have an option to choose a tiered system instead of TOU.
They do give that option.
0-600kWh is 9.8c
> 600kWh is 11.5c
this month total consumption was 637kWh. I am thinking of trying out few more month and if i am in this 600range i guess its better to switch to tiered system to save few bucks
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That's super cheap. You should see mine.
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mapleleaf6 wrote: I am still trying to learn this rheem thermostat. So to turn AC off means set to fan mode only and to set it high change the setting from 74F to like 75-76F ?
Yeah set the temp higher. Yeah i think "fan mode only" should be no AC.
mapleleaf6 wrote:
They do give that option.
0-600kWh is 9.8c
> 600kWh is 11.5c
this month total consumption was 637kWh. I am thinking of trying out few more month and if i am in this 600range i guess its better to switch to tiered system to save few bucks
Tiered pricing is usually a bit cheaper. Exception is for people who draws large amount of power during TOU Off-peak, e.g. charging your Tesla or whatever.

The other benefit with Tiered is you don't have to restrict yourself to do laundry & what not during off-peak to save the few dollars. All day same price. Much more convenient IMO esp for WFH.
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welcome to Ontario, hydro costs a lot more here than other parts of canada, so your bill looks absolutely normal
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mapleleaf6 wrote: i am just wondering if theres any setting on furnace or ac that needs to change. for some reason lots of consumption between 11-5
It's all about usage. You have to live in the house. Set all your temperatures so you're comfortable and whatever your hydro bill is as a result is what is your normal. I'd take comfort over saving $5 per month.
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Your 630 kWh might be a bit high, but it depends entirely on your usage, the size of your house, your insulation, your appliances, etc, etc, etc.

We're a family of 3 in a 1956 bungalow, 3 bedrooms, 1300 sq ft. My wife and I work from home.

I went back and looked at our use over the last year.

August 2020 - 579 kWh
September 2020 - 398 kWh
October 2020 - 477 kWh
November 2020 - 508 kWh
December 2020 - 506 kWh
January 2020 - 400 kWh
February 2020 - 388 kWh
March 2020 - 309 kWh
April 2020 - 422 kWh
May 2020 - 378 kWh
June 2020 - 430 kWh
July 2020 - 587 kWh

August is likely to exceed 600 kWh because of the heat wave. We had the AC on even while we were working in the basement because my wife is 37 weeks pregnant and a little less heat tolerant.

November and December 2020 are a bit higher than one would expect for winter. We have electric space heaters in our offices because the basement drops to like 18 degrees in the winter. We have them turned on for a few hours of the day during the winter.
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Dynatos wrote: Your 630 kWh might be a bit high, but it depends entirely on your usage, the size of your house, your insulation, your appliances, etc, etc, etc.

We're a family of 3 in a 1956 bungalow, 3 bedrooms, 1300 sq ft.
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OP said 3000 sqft home so big difference right there.
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boyohboy wrote: OP said 3000 sqft home so big difference right there.
Missed that.

Yup, that would suck a lot more cooling in the summer and heating in the winter.
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637kwh for two people, one working from home, and using AC... I'd say that fairly typical. As reference: I have a family of 5 with kids at home, and I average between 600-720kwh depending on AC and other usage. Too much TV.

Depends on the season really, You should see lower usage in the winter (as you're heating on gas I assume), and higher in the summer because of AC.
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boyohboy wrote: The other benefit with Tiered is you don't have to restrict yourself to do laundry & what not during off-peak to save the few dollars. All day same price. Much more convenient IMO esp for WFH.
I agree with this. As long as OP isn't an energy hog, the Tiered system normally works out better, and you don't have to restrict your time of use to off-peak hours. In the summer the scales might be tipped towards TOU because of AC (if you're at home during the day), but the convenience factor outweighs TOU.
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