Brent Shapiro
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Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Stout Jul 6. 15 Replies

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…Continue

 

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Mark Stout replied to Brent Shapiro's discussion Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.
"The California Energy Commission has a searchable appliance database that is quite extensive.  Check out their MAEDBS database. MAEDBS stands for Modernized Appliance Efficiency Database System. It might tell you what your appliances should be…"
Jul 6
Mark Stout replied to Brent Shapiro's discussion Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.
"Or they are grounded and there's the short."
Jul 6
Eric Kjelshus replied to Brent Shapiro's discussion Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.
"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…"
Jul 4
Bryan Gabriel replied to Brent Shapiro's discussion Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.
"This is an interesting situation with many suggestions. Are there any updates?"
Jul 3
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Jeff Classen replied to Brent Shapiro's discussion Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.
"A Thermographer might be good to consult. Electrical use generally results in added heat somewhere. I had a customer call about a similar issue, over 5000 kwh in March for a 1200 sqft house. I did a thermal camera inspection and found that the…"
Jul 2
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Jun 29
Don Hynek replied to Brent Shapiro's discussion Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.
"First of all (as has been noted) it's good you are getting an electrician in there. The current configuration sounds like a hot mess. That said, this electric use COULD be perfectly believable without dealing with an electrical defect.…"
Jun 26
Mike Pagozalski replied to Brent Shapiro's discussion Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.
"I would strongly recommend having an actual licensed electrician come out evaluate the entire system, it sounds like he might be busy Mike Pagozalski--Certified Home Inspector"
Jun 25
Brad Cook replied to Brent Shapiro's discussion Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.
"Jason's suggestion my be a quick way to isolate the high load, IF you have an old style meter that actually spins. Many utilities are converting to the Smart Meters that are digital and don't show instantaneous changes in load. At 3257 KwH…"
Jun 24
Joe Konopacki replied to Brent Shapiro's discussion Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.
"Brent, Using an ammeter, I would measure each 'hot' conductor leaving the fuses. (Find an electrician that can help, if you are not comfortable or familiar with this). With everything turned off (appliances, devices, etc.), measured…"
Jun 23
John Nicholas replied to Brent Shapiro's discussion Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.
"Check out the DHW unit.  What temperature is the water entering and leaving the unit?  How old is the unit? What shape is it in?  If your temperature leaving the unit is over 120, you have some of the usage.  Get it turned back…"
Jun 22
Brent Shapiro replied to Brent Shapiro's discussion Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.
"With regard to the outside lighting - zero outside lighting, in fact the lighting in the basement as well as for the exterior outlets and lights doesn't work, I am thinking that it was never re-wired into the panels possibly when they merged…"
Jun 22
Jason Raddenbach replied to Brent Shapiro's discussion Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.
"Brent, The fridge would be easy to isolate. You can borrow a Kill A Watt Meter from your local library and put it on anything with a plug. Most libraries have those to lend."
Jun 22
Mick Lane replied to Brent Shapiro's discussion Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.
"My inclination would be to start with the water heater and the refrigerators.  You are looking for a 4 kW load. or more.  That could be a water heater with a water leak, or a refrigerator that isn't working well.  Also, some…"
Jun 22
Brennan Less replied to Brent Shapiro's discussion Investigating 3257KWH monthly usage issue.
"What about a hot water plumbing leak? I would expect on the order of 5,000 kWh per year with typical usage on an electric tank water heater. But if there's a plumbing leak, then who knows...Also check for hidden electric resistance heat, in…"
Jun 22

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