I live in Houston, Tx and have a 2252 sq.ft. 1 story house. My last electric bill showed my usage for last month (Feb 2006) was 1232 kWh. We hardly ran our A/C because of some cooler weather and my bill was still over $175. My heater is gas as is my water heater (that bill jumped as well, but I expected that). I'm trying to figure out why my bill was still so high. I had my meter tested and it was fine. Does anyone have any tricks or hints as to how to find what might be using so much power? I have heard that I could stand outside at my meter and have my wife pull the plug on certain appliances (like microwave, refrigerator, freezer, lights, computer....) and see if the wheel in the meter slows down or not. Is there a better way? Obviously this won't work too well for hard wired appliances (ovens, ranges, A/C....), but you could always do that at the breaker box.
Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.