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Old 07-07-2019, 06:21 AM   #1
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Excessive power usage.

There is a group of 4 of us who have seasonal sites together. All of our sites have metered electric. Our monthly power bills average from around 35 to 75 dollars per month except one that consistently runs around double of the rest even though they are here less often than the rest of us. They turn off all appliances such as hot water heater and AC that would use power while away. The only thing left on is the refrigerator.

Does anybody have any suggestions of why their electric would run so much?
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:13 AM   #2
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Faulty meter.

I would complain to the CG AND the Electric company. If they have fewer items turned on than the rest of you and are being charged more, something's wrong.



go through the camper with them just to make sure they dont have a deep freezer they forgot about (or whatever). Then if their bill is still higher you know theres a meter issue.
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:26 AM   #3
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Maybe the high usage is due to dead batts and the charger is running like crazy trying to charge a junk batt.



Maybe their fridge is over working and not as efficient.



I would track kwH usage vs cost. That would be more effective way to compare usage.


Maybe the guy made the electrical company billing dept mad?



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Old 07-07-2019, 07:49 AM   #4
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We have gone through the trailer and checked to make sure everything is off. The battery checked out ok, 12.5 volts under load with inverter off. We read our own meters monthly and report it to the office. Their usage is well above everybody else's. Thinking it may be either the refrigerator, faulty meter or maybe faulty inverter.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:33 AM   #5
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Their EMS should be displaying how many amps are being drawn.

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Old 07-07-2019, 06:51 PM   #6
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Their EMS should be displaying how many amps are being drawn.

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It would if they had one.
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Old 07-07-2019, 06:58 PM   #7
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Is it possible to swap power sources between two of your units, and see if they still continue to outdraw your monthly charges as much as you say?

It still sounds like a faulty electric meter to me.
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Could get a clamp-on ammeter from Harbor Freight to check for abnormal draw. Or maybe get a Kill-A-Watt meter.

Could shut of all breakers in the panel except for the converter and fridge circuit and see if a change. Fridge on electric has a small heating element that runs on 120 volts but only draws a few amps. Turn inverter off when not there.

But yes, contact the poco.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:59 PM   #9
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Faulty meter.

I would complain to the CG AND the Electric company. If they have fewer items turned on than the rest of you and are being charged more, something's wrong.



go through the camper with them just to make sure they dont have a deep freezer they forgot about (or whatever). Then if their bill is still higher you know theres a meter issue.
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I had a letter along with the bi-monthly electric bill for $260 from the campground owners a few years ago after the cg was closed for the season. They suggested we check it out. I was sure I had disconnected the power cord but to be sure I went up there and the camper was not plugged in and the breakers were turned off. The meter was spinning like crazy, so I tracked down the owner and told him I couldn't understand how the person reading the meters missed that nothing was plugged in. The breakers and outlets were right under the meter. I also told him I had seen a meter short out many years ago. He said he knew meters did not go bad so I had him go back to the site with me. He couldn't believe how fast the meter was spinning.
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Do you all have a residential fridge or does this one have an RV fridge?

RV fridges use alot more power ....our bill is about $55 a month and neighbor has residential fridge in a larger camper with two ACís and their bill is only about $30 a month ....

Our RV fridge is also in a slide so it works harder
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