Subject: Basement apartmentYou said you're in the basement apartment, right? A long time ago when I lived in a brownstone basement apartment I discovered that my Con Ed bill amounted to more than for the landlord's triplex upstairs. Turned out, after being brushed off by both Con Ed and the Public Service Commission for a couple of years, I determined that the basement and all the common areas were on my bill. That included the hot water heater and other electrical things - I forget now exactly what. Also, because in some earlier time, this was classified as a "business account" which was charged at a different rate. (You had to really pull apart the bill and all the symbols in order to arrive at these conclusions) This was in the mid-70s and by time they fixed it and issued a refund, the escalating energy prices ate up my refund within a few months.
mikelite » So I called ConEd and I got Stereotypical Jewish New Yorker Woman. It was like I was talking to my aunt frieda. She went crazy whenever I rattled off an appliance - A HUMIDIFIYAH? WELL THERE YOU GO, RIGHT THERE! A PLASMA TV! I'm gonna look at alternative providers, see if that helps.the alternative providers are all more expensive than con ed. you need to use less electricity.
Subject: electric billThe lady from Con Ed was right every appliance that you have plugged in draws juice If you leave your computer on 24/7 ir you leave the charger for the cell phone in the outlet, if you have a frost free refrigerator etc. The biggest one is halogen lights We stopped using the halogen lamps ( three of them in three rooms) and the bill was cut $50 a month. You can ask them to come and get an energy audit and you should make sure they are actually reading the meter every month and not estimating the usuage You can read the meter yourself and call it in every month if they arent getting in to do the reading.
Subject: CO EDFLON FLON: Get Con Ed to come over and check the meter and also check to see where the construction crew have tapped into the lines for their electricity
Hotbox » I leave the (small) TV on all day for my cat (don't ask).OK- I have to ask, does your cat prefer the day time soaps? Or the Judge shows? Or what else?! And on topic - I have 450sq ft 1 bed apt. I decreased the bill from $75/mth to $40/mth by switching all the lightbulbs to CFLs, unplugging all chargers when not in use (including the electric toothbrush), and not using the dishwasher very much at all (I wash dishes by hand). I also opt for the 100% green electricity (can't remember the name of the company) so probably pay a higher kw'hr rate than the regular ConEd one.