Nov 22, 2018 8:45 pm
Firstly, I must admit that I never paid much attention to the energy bill or the energy consumption.
Whilst researching solar panels for our house in Melbourne, I noticed that our electricity consumption is very high compared to the average in the suburb.
We are consuming 61kWh per day, which according to the citipower data available online is about three to four times the suburb average (!)
Of course, the average is not a particularly useful number but I would say that our house is relatively average for the suburb: 4 bedrooms, living/dining/kitchen, lounge, double garage. The house is 9 years old, has a ducted heating cooling unit. Hot water is instant gas. Almost all lights are LED. 2 Fridges, 1 freezer, washing machine and dryer. We are a family of 4 (kids are 9 and 12)
I am not sure why the bar for May is smaller than the others.
I'm puzzled whether this sort of electricity consumption is normal and if not, what I can do to investigate it further...
Any advice is much appreciated.
Re: Very high electricity consumption2
Nov 23, 2018 3:02 pm
the main culprit in an unusually high bill is a faulty fridge or freezer
jaycar sell some plug in power meters which show how much each appliance uses
i found the big culprit was a large tropical fish aquarium
also do use use the tumble dryer much
Re: Very high electricity consumption3
Nov 23, 2018 3:16 pm
Another check is assuming you have a smart meter you should be able to log on to your suppliers website and check on your use over 24 hours. High usage between midnight and 6.00am is an indication that it could be an appliance issue.
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Re: Very high electricity consumption4
Nov 29, 2018 10:17 pm
Your usage is 6 times more than mine. You should log on the Citipower website and analyze your usage data. You may record time of use for big appliances such as heaters, dryers and compare with your usage data whether you can find appliances that cause high usage.
If you have high usage during the day, it is worth to install solar system. My usage is only 10kw/day and I installed my solar system 6.6kw. My first bill for one month is $15 in credit. I expect zero electricity bill for the next five years.
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