Got an electric bill this past week. Seems we blew past our 30 amp electric allotment of $60 by $95.65. This was for 12/11 - 1/14. We can't decide if it's because we've had two electric heaters going almost non-stop at times, the new 10 gallon electric water heater (seems to heat all the time... I can hear it) or from running the saws so much. Then there's the combination of it all. At any rate, we've used 1965 KW Hours in 34 days. That's too much. We started unplugging the electric water heater (only takes 20 - 30 minutes to heat the water) and turned down the electric heaters. David has taken to baking again. The heat from baking in the LP oven warms up the bus.
The electric water heater has no power usage rating on it. Since we got the notice on the excessive power use, we have been unplugging the water heater. Since it takes so little time to heat the water, we will wire an on/off switch into the line. There is no good reason why we should leave the water heater on all day or all night.
$156.65 total (including all fees)
1956 kilowatt hours used
34 days of service
That working out to about $4.61 per day, 57.80 KWH per day and $0.08 per KWH used. This is too high considering we have paid $0.14/kw for metered electric before and our bill wasn't anywhere near this high. Granted that was in the Class C but we used the electric side of the 6 gallon water heater with 3 adults taking showers PLUS David used several gallons of hot water from the Class C to start his steam table pans off with almost daily. Stacey & I took showers until the water heater ran out of hot water. Water pump was the same size I believe. We also heated almost completely with an electric heater (smaller space though and in Corpus Christi). So the electric water heater seems to be the culprit. We are making some changes so I will post how things go. I did go out and check the electric meter when we unplugged the water heater. I will keep checking to see how things go. By checking and noting down the reading, I know that we have used 550 KWH of electric from 1/14 thru 1/25 (11 days). This was "carrying on as normal". After 11 days are up, I will check the meter again to see what's going on. We've got to get our electric down to around 20 - 25 KWH per day to stay within our electric allowance. And we had been, until this one bill.
I think I need to buy a Kilowatt meter
at work on Monday.