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Up until about a year ago our electricity bill normally around 1500 baht. In the 2 or three hotter months it would go to 2000-2500.

Been like that last 3 years I lived here. Last 6 months electricity has sky rocketed firstly to 3500 baht and now 4000 baht.

 

I was an electrician many years ago so decided this morning to go and check a few things. Located our meter and turned all of the circuit breakers off (none of which are marked, not even the main switch). Meter stopped dead so no one stealing our power (we live in a modern estate). Turned the breakers back on and the meter was spinning. Started unplugging things...main power draw freezer and fridge and pretty much the only things on apart from a few power boards with chargers. After unplugging the fridge and freezer meter had slowed but not a lot. I came in and turned off the TV and that seemed to be the thing drawing the most power! Its a 42" LED Samsung, probably about 5 years old. We leave it on pretty liberally too whether watching it or not.

 

Other than that we run air cons day and night but a bit cooler now and don't turn on until lunchtime now. Do a fair bit of washing. I use an oven and microwave a bit but most of our cooking done on gas. Lights mostly LED's. Having said that I don't think the use of these things has increased from normal over the last 6 months. I know the last month if anything power should be down as it is a wee bit cooler now and using air cons less and just with the cooler ambient temps fridges, air cons, freezers etc should be working less.

 

From what I saw this morning the TV is needlessly consuming a lot of energy but on the other hand had the same TV 5 years and I don't think we leave it on any more now than we did before. I will certainly be turning it off when not in use from now on but I thought the LED TV's where pretty cheap to run? Should I turn it off at the point or standby ok?

 

Anyone have any ideas? Could it be possible the meter was faulty? I thought if anything they could run too slow not too fast. I know a lot of guys will come back and say we are lucky, they use 6k plus per month but really when everything is pretty much the same as it has been last three years I can't see why a 100% increase in power? The only new appliance we have is a freezer which I know are power hungry but not that much. Electricity has gone up but only by a fraction.

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If anything like Bangkok up there it has not cooled down anywhere near as much as normal for this time of the year and the real cooling rains are but a dream.  Freezer if not full may be drawing a lot.  Most TV's of LED will not draw that much but older models may have backlight system that if set bright might increase it a lot.  Draw should be listed in operator manual.  But if drawing more than fridge/freezer would appear something wrong.  I would turn completely off - they advise not doing but do not believe life is extended enough to warrant (some use a lot in standby).

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Any hot water leaks?  Water pump stuck?  (Is your water use consistent with previous years?)

 

I would guess most likely issue is in the AC’s. I assume they are inverter, so it is easy for them to modulate up if they are seeing higher loads.  It should pay for itself to have a AC service tech come out and check the units. Or, hose down the evaporator coils yourself, clean the filters, and see if it improves anything. 

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Freezer is full as is the fridge and not opened very much through the day. I think if there was some issue with the TV itself where it was drawing undue power it would not be working right?

Definitely though just going by eye watching the difference in the speed of the meter rotation this morning it was definitely the main power consumer. I couldn't say it was drawing more than the fridge and freezer as they may well have been cycled off when I checked although a fridge or a freezer I would have thought would have used much more power than a TV 

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3 minutes ago, tjo o tjim said:

Any hot water leaks?  Water pump stuck?  (Is your water use consistent with previous years?)

 

I would guess most likely issue is in the AC’s. I assume they are inverter, so it is easy for them to modulate up if they are seeing higher loads.  It should pay for itself to have a AC service tech come out and check the units. Or, hose down the evaporator coils yourself, clean the filters, and see if it improves anything. 

The air cons would be the main power users no doubt. They are no inverter but are serviced properly regularly. I rent so I wont be replacing them. Hot water systems we have are the instantaneous on the wall type and we don't use them a lot. They are turned off when not in use.

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30 minutes ago, Kenny202 said:

Other than that we run air cons day and night but a bit cooler now and don't turn on until lunchtime now

Missed that first read - more than one day and night?  Indeed as said above they eat the electric - especially if older models or in need to cleaning.

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16 minutes ago, tjo o tjim said:

Any hot water leaks?  Water pump stuck?  (Is your water use consistent with previous years?)

This nailed me a few years back. A water leak in the toilet was causing the water pump to kick on constantly day and night. However, I doubt that would explain the serious increase that you have seen. If you could possibly turn the TV off for an entire month, you could eliminate that from the equation (or not). My first guess is always the A/C.

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My electrical bill last month in Malaysia was 17 Ringit = 130 THB (without air-con) . House owner told me his aircon cost 2 Ringit per day per room = 16 THB, seems like the cost for electricity is much higher in Thailand than in Malaysia (My water bill was 3 Ringit for last month, think I use the same amount of water that I was charged around 300 THB for when living in Thailand)!  

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51 minutes ago, Kenny202 said:

Other than that we run air cons day and night but a bit cooler now and don't turn on until lunchtime now.

Off topic, but people like this are the people who cannot aclimatise to SE Asian weather and humidity.

And get ill & sick.

And moan its too hot...

Bar the hot season, Mar-May, there is no need to run aircon day & night.

In fact we live in one of the hottest provinces in Thailand, the only aircon is in the 3 bedrooms and they are only on night time all night in Mar-May, and hardly at all at this time of year.

And daytime is for getting out of the house, not stuck inside in an air con room.

Sorry, carry on.......

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6 minutes ago, colinneil said:

Why are some members convinced electric is going up?

Not the case at all, this months bill 657 baht, same time period last year 698 baht, 2 years ago 628 baht.

Also the amount per unit has not increased.

Because most of us are indeed paying more this time of year than in most previous years - it is hot and we tend to use air conditioners more - plus other compressor items will be affected (refrigerator/freezer/water cooler).

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