PECO Bill – Help!

Okay – remember the first PECO bill for this house? $650? Well, this past month we’ve been diligent about turning lights and other electrical appliances off when not in use. We’ve cut way back on the use of the A/C. And we cut our bill by $200. But that means our bill is still $450. If you look at our meter outside, the thing is just spinning quicky and we’re not using that much electricity right now. What gives? How can we find out what is draining our resources? We noticed today that the ants were all inside the wiring area of where the meter sits on the side of the house – could that have anything to do with it? I know I’m grasping at straws here, but I’d really like to not have a $450 electricity bill every month. Any ideas welcomed.

5 Responses to “PECO Bill – Help!”

  1. Sylvanarrow says:

    Egads, that’s high. Makes me appreciate living in a studio condo, even if quarters are tight. Here’s an article over at Buzzle you might find helpful (can I post links in comments? I’m gonna try): How to Save Money on Your Energy Bill.

    If that doesn’t work you can just cut and paste: http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/7-19-2006-102895.asp

  2. Kath says:

    Amy, Edison(our electric company) has a program where they will come in and look over your home: weather stripping, windows for leaks, check your electric appliances, etc…for nothing and give you reccomendations. How old is your fridge? Tv? Are you using incandesant light bulbs? Is your dryer gas or electric? What about your hot water heater? Our dryer and water heater are both electric, so we know why ours is high. How old is the A/C? Has it been serviced in recent years? Just a few suggestions :-) Aren’t you glad you asked?

  3. nicole says:

    Wow, how big is your house? Mine is 1600 square feet and my bill is just over $100 a month in the summer. Sounds like perhaps the meter is out of whack. Even if you have to pay, I’d have the electric company check it to make sure.

  4. Amy says:

    Wow – thanks so much everyone for all the tips so far! We are definitely going to contact the electric company to see if they can tell us something.

  5. marcy says:

    Have you switched to energy-efficient light bulbs yet? Those deifintely make a difference, you’ll get the extra cost back ihn energy savings within a few months.

    A neighbor of mine was living in an apartment complex and had really high energy bills… couldn’t figure it out… turns out the complex was using his unit’s electricity to power all the lights in the parking lot!! I do believe he got his money back. I assume nothing like that’s happening to you… but your electric company should be able to help you figure out what’s going on.