originally posted by: XL5
Unity, its not faulty appliances. If anything its poorly engineered appliances that have poor power factor correction. If the bill changed when you
got the new meter, I'd bet they changed the rate you are charged and/or the way they charge you. Ask them directly if you are being charged in a
different way or just being charged more.
I believe this, but still legally need to take notes on everything and do some tests, in order to get the meter replaced in the end.
We moved, from a house that was on an old meter, and 142 cost averaged a month. and then assumed all was well, got work done in October, for the
heat pump and electrical work done. The meter readers were on strike so had these really low bills a few times, based on an estimation of the guy who
was living in a fifth wheel guarding the property while it was up for sale for 2 years.
In February we got a 2500 dollar make up fee. Alot of elderly people got their power cut off and had meals on wheels caretaking them in the dark.
So did some searches and found out that large number were complainging with suddenly huge power bills, all around us in neighboring towns too.
They all get told the same thing. About 1/3 on the digital meters/smart meters, suddenly have their power go up, twice as high, ours is nearly that.
We were expecting say, with their 14% increase, and the well and dishwasher, maybe 175 a month without heat. But that expensive ductless heater
should be lower than the 280 gas bill we had. Some of the 1/3 affected have rates that went 4 or 6 times and power bills for 1200 square foot houses,
over 1000 a month.
And the company is jerking them around.
Now, we suspect its the meter. Appliances not designed right. hmmm, as if the public can do something about that. The technology that is a bad fit
with everyone's appliances needs to change ASAP.
And a woman spent some time getting this solved. She was in yelling matches with Fortis, went through the protocols of testing appliances. Then
insisted on a replacement meter that did not send back info, ie was unhackable, and then got in an electrician, who found out the imcompatability of a
faulty smart meter with her power box had burnt out the fuses and had to replace them. In the end, months later, after enormous bills, she had normal
ones again and she was encouraging everyone to do a similiar thing.
Now, we dont really have the money for bills that take our whole living amount away. So, our plan is: make 300-400 a month extra an put away for
power. More if the kids can slowly create hobby incomes. Go through all the steps and try to get this resolved with Fortis.
And no matter what, start making energy so we can at least take off 200 a month, on our bill.
My basic short term plan, ie a plan that may only take up to 2 years gradually building (aside from over time experimenting with cavitation or
overunity spin forces, that could take years):
1. solar type stirling engines. And have a wood pile for months in winter with less solar. But using parabolic mirrors. Thinking of the base of
the shed at the back of our property. The previous owner took it after we moved, but that area at the back to the west, gets lots of sunlight all
day, though there are some trees. But thinking of finding a spot around there, building a greenhouse type structure, that protects the hot things
from accidents, don't want birds or kids running into them. And slowly building tin can prototypes then more machined stirling engine, with cooling
system, and running power to house.
That way the whole thing and sound is away from us and right next to the previous owners machine/welding shop where he makes noise in the day.
2. Thinking of creating a kind of friction water heater akin to what I've seen. Not sure if it needs all these holes in it, but I found someone
else's, just two metal barrels, pots really, one spinning inside the other, turning water into steam rather quickly, cavitation. And it didn't take
that much energy to turn the barrels. But released alot of heat, which could be under a little rack of stirling engines.
That one I'm thinking could be blocked off with some kind of bricks like a kiln, and in the garage.
Just slowly building this with kids who are not gung ho, and right now, not much money to live on due to Fortis, may take a few years.
Our first step is making the extra 300 plus money a month and even using this crisis as a way to lure kids away from games, and into businesses, just
slowly one step at a time.
Which means I could even be thanking Fortis if they get going.....nah! NOT! Actually if it works out, that a person can carve 200 a month of their
bills, will probably get a local group going to help others do the same.
edit on 20-6-2014 by Unity_99 because: (no reason given)