That amount is more than double what we used to pay for electricity in our hold house which was like five times bigger than the small condo we are living in now. Color me shocked (and appalled, and unhappy...).
This is what I am doing about it:
- I am going to contact our cousin who lived in the condo before us to see what her average bill was (she should be back next week).
- I also posted this question on a local Las Vegas bulletin board to find out if this was indeed an average bill and the consensus was that for the small space and only having two people live there it was pretty high.
- I went out to read the meter today and will read it every day for a month to keep track of our own usage and see if it measures up with what the electricity company says we use.
- I will call the electric company and ask them about this and see if they have any idea why it was so high (I'm kind of dreading this because it is a minimum 30-40 minute wait on hold just to talk to someone).
- I am now washing our clothes in cold water. Right after we moved in I did a ton (literally) of laundry, all in warm water. Plus with the use of the dryer I am thinking that racked up a lot of electricity usage. I'm even pondering hanging our clothes outside to dry (a practice frowned on by the condo board I think. Maybe I can hang clothes at night so they won't see it).
- I checked this website and found that electricity rates are much higher in Nevada than what we paid in Washington. Bummer.
- We already switched to a low-flow shower head (that last thing I want to part with is my hot showers in the morning).
- We have been using a small space heater in whatever room we are in so we didn't use the furnace to heat the entire place but now I am wondering if these draw more electricity than a heat pump system. Don't know where I would find out if this is true or not...
- I went around and unplugged everything we aren't using (computer printer, DVD player, etc). Not sure how much this will help.
- I guess I need to wrap my head around the fact that an all electric house is just going to cost more. In our last house we used natural gas for heating and hot water so I think this made our electricity bill there significantly lower.
- I am kind of dreading summer time when we will need to run the AC 24/7. Yikes!