I was listening to the wireless and I heard of people complaining that their electric bills were around $1000 per quarter. They must really be doing something wrong. Our electric is about $300 per quarter, I thought. How could you use $1000 worth of electricity in three months?
Then our electric bill arrived, $600+. We knew it would be a bad bill. It covers the period our air con wasn't working and for about three weeks we had two small electric heaters running. I can see how a family's electric bill could get to $1000 per quarter. While we don't stint with heating or lighting, we certainly don't overheat and nor do we leave lights on in rooms if we aren't there. Air con and fridge are what chews up our power.
We don't get a gas bill, as the Owner's Corp pays that and it is only for stove hotplates. The OC gets a very large bulk discount price.
We receive a normal style water bill, but that is only for cold water.
We receive a bill for gas used to heat our hot water in the buildings two boilers, but the Owner's Corp pays for the water that is heated, again heavily bulk discounted.
As far as I know, our meters are read remotely and they don't require anyone to visit each floor and unlock the doors to the service core so I assume we don't get estimated bills, which makes the gas hot water bill very puzzling. It can vary by a huge amount and we cannot understand why. For years it was around $70-$80 per two months. Now, it can be anything from $110 to $150. We scratch our heads each time a bill arrives and try to work out why there is a big variation. Ok, holidays away for two weeks would make a slight difference. R not working for a while meant less clothes washing, so less hot water, another difference but neither can explain such a large variation. R not working probably meant he took longer showers in the morning.
I am expecting the next bill to be high, with reason. The building's two boilers have been playing up and for a while, the hot water temperature was down to about 50C or less, meaning the same water pressure in the showers, but little if any cold water needed to be added. I think there also may have been a pump problem too as we seemed to be waiting longer for hot water to arrive.
The two boilers are going to be replaced by ten smaller ones and the whole hot water system rebalanced. It will cost tens of thousands but the old ones have reached the end of their life spans. However, ours is only about fourteen years. Check out the contender for the oldest boiler in Adelaide.