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My local power company (Nova Scotia Power) is coming under fire lately for being so expensive compared to other places. They claim we have a fair rate but they just posted they Q1 earnings and it's @ 68 million in profit.

They also won't let us have a time of day/time of use meter without having some way to store the power. Our rates are $.148/kWh on the regular, in the winter it goes to like $.189/kWh and in off peak times it drops to $.074/kWh.

Just curious on what everyone pays for rates.


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Let's see,

Ours is 6.912¢ per kWh for the first 17 kWh per day, and 8.257¢ per kWh for excess over 17 kWh per day.

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Service Charge: $6.00 per month
Distribution Charge: 5.003¢ per kWh for all kWh

So, for this time of year, I won't be going over 17kWh per day, meaning $0.119/kWh (USD).
 

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Will be interested to see what our summer bill ends up running with the AC being on. Haven't turned it on just yet, because I don't feel like switching the ~10 dampers in the basement all around.

All of our appliances are gas, and 90% of our interior light bulbs are LEDs, so that helps quite a bit.
 

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Will be interested to see what our summer bill ends up running with the AC being on. Haven't turned it on just yet, because I don't feel like switching the ~10 dampers in the basement all around.

All of our appliances are gas, and 90% of our interior light bulbs are LEDs, so that helps quite a bit.
I need to do that to my house, LED's would be nice.
 

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They're fantastic. The light quality is far superior to that of CFLs - and they're at instant brightness the second you turn them on (CFLs take a while to get there), while still using less electricity. The Crees at Home Depot really have come down in price, and the new "4-Flow" ones (which don't have the big heat sink) can go in enclosures.

Most of mine are the heat sink ones, since I had a few from our previous house, and when I ordered more for this one, the 4-flows weren't out. They actually use slightly less electricity at the expense of being way ****ing hotter. I did get 4-flows for my enclosures, as well as a couple other spots as of a couple months ago. All the floods are still the heat sink variety, but obviously those are open cans. I have TCP candelabra LEDs for our three bigger chandeliers, and those really save a ton. Between the three of them, I want to say there are 23 bulbs...so at 40W a piece, that's 920W total...wheras the LEDs use 5W - totalling 115W. That's huge.

Next is the outdoor lighting - those are all incandescents, so we don't really leave them on when we're gone and coming back at night - the one benefit of christmas time - our christmas lights are (of course), LEDs, so they were great!

Yes, I know I have a problem. :nuts:
 

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I have efficiency Nova Scotia coming in on Tuesday to switch all, if not most of my bulbs over to LED for free. It's a program paid for by the government to make homes more power friendly.

I've counted my lights in my house ice and while they aren't all on at once I do have 73 bulbs and most are 60W incandescent with only 9 bulbs being smaller like MR16's but every bathroom has 6x60w bulbs above the mirror. The power savings are going to be great I hope.

My biggest problem is that most of my rooms have dimmers and I'm not sure if the bulbs efficiency NS supplies are dimmable.


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Going from Incandescant to LED is massive for the power savings - trust me.

Yes, hopefully the ones they buy are all dimmable. All of ours (Crees and TCP) are.
 

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Is it that noticeable? Coming from an apartment to a house and never having a bill yet with no heat on I wasn't sure what to expect. My apartment in the winter hit $450/bi-monthly. In the summer it was as low as $48/bi-monthly. Never worried about what bulbs I used because how much would they have really saved me.


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If you replace all the lights you use regularly every day (ones that you're likely to leave on while in the area, etc), you'll definitely see a savings. 60W Crees use about 9.5W (in the older form, I think 10W in the 4-flow).
 

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Yeah right now I actually keep the minimum on because lights hurt my feelings with the power they use.


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That's why I swapped to LEDs, so I can have more on when we need them - and also because my fiance has a bad habit of just leaving lights on everywhere.
 
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