I know that this is not a forum for personal electrical questions, but I have a really strange situation going on. I took occupancy about three months ago of a small two family home, one unit per floor. No utilities had been active or turned on in the premises for almost a whole year prior, due to the house was unoccupied.
The building has:
In the first month, April, electrical usage was 2373KWH. In the second month, May - it was 3257KWH. And so far for June, it is at 2641KWH of usage, and so if I were to average out what I can expect to see on the next bill it's somewhere around 4,093KWH of use.
There used to be two electric meters - however the previous owner decided to run the power from the Floor 1 fuse box into Floor 2's fuse box - it's apparently all hooked into a single 50W breaker on the Floor 2 fuse panel.
I have dropped some cords from Floor 2 down to Floor 1 load from the laundry machines trips the fuse unless I did that. To power like the AC or computer, I use the Floor 2 drops.
No one is stealing power, I am farily sure of that. And we don't have a lot of things in either unit in terms of tv's etc, nothing that would cause this type of usage pattern.
I am highly suspect of either an electricity leak somewhere in the connection to the other breaker box, or perhaps the digital meter is going crazy. I need a starting point please. I am having a guy come out to look at it on Saturday, but I am not sure how effective he will be based on the phone call I had.
This is an interesting situation with many suggestions. Are there any updates?
If you do not have tools like amp meter or "kill a watt" or some way of tracking amps or watts. I have looked at the meter each 12 hr and grafted power useage. Then find out usage high and lows.
One job had a 30 amp strip heater in attic so when temp in attic was under 55' the power usage would peak. the Painter/sheet rocker left it in attic with new work when house is built. I was 30 + person to look for extra power useage
My power co will leave an Electricity Usage Monitor for a few days and will help read the grade. My library will loan out kill a watt for 2 weeks.