28 May '14, 6pm

This Heat Pump Problem Is a Surprisingly Common Cause for High Electricity Bills

This Heat Pump Problem Is a Surprisingly Common Cause for High Electricity Bills

She lives in a small, simple house in southern Mississippi. It's only 1,700 square feet. Why then, she wondered, were her summer electricity bills running more than $600? The house didn't have any energy-hog features like a swimming pool, and she didn't do stupid things like leave all the doors and windows open while she ran the air conditioner. What could it be? She called her electric company, one of the co-ops in Mississippi, and they sent someone out to investigate. Utility companies get calls like this all the time, and they've learned from experience what most of the main causes of high bills are. When the utility investigator arrived at the house, he asked her to tell him anything she knew that might help him. "Well," she said, "the air conditioner runs all the time, but the house won't even cool down to 80 degrees." "Ah, that helps to narrow it down a bit." He went...

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