I am an American, staying in the Philippines temporarily. I am renting this home and my electrical consumption is ridiculous! What's more is that people here in the Philippines are not skilled at all; they have a screwdriver in one hand and suddenly call themselves electricians. The others that are skilled totally take advantage of you because you are a foreigner and want your kidney to make the repairs; yet their work is still pretty questionable because some of the things they include to be wrong is pretty obvious. Anyway, I hope people in the states can help me better than these clowns here in Manila. So the voltage in PI is 220. In the home we are in, we have both 220 and 110; the electrical company allowed for these wires back in the day. We are using one 2hp a/c, two refrigerators (110 and 220) and one freezer and a small portable fridge (110); all our electronics are 110. But our bill is so high, like we have 3 a/cs running! There is grounding in the house that is causing our meter to spin very fast. When you turn on everything, the meter spins fast but as you turn stuff off, it's not slowing down like it should. We've had the meter checked by the electrical company and they say it's working fine-that the reason why our bill is so high is because we have grounding in the house (like metal is touching the wires or something). All these electrical "goones" have only checked the outlets and can't find anything in the outlets. They do these tests with such a confused look on their face all the time. We've even had the smell of burning wires (a pocket of smoke under one of our recessed lights) linger for 3 hours and these fools say they can't find anything wrong with the electrical. In fact, to prove us wrong, they've even gone to the lengths of making up a kilowatt chart of lies that somehow exactly matches what they say our consumption is. We know that can't be right because we've used 4 ac/s 24 hrs a day before in another place and only paid 40000 pesos vs th 27000 pesos we're now being charged for using less than 1 a/c, less than 24 hours a day! Help! Please tell me what I need to do to troubleshoot this problem myself. Fortunately, I do have an electrical meter gauge thing and a basic wiring book (the gauge came with an electrical kit I bought). Please tell me how to figure out what's causing this problem. Cause I don't think these "so called electricians" here in Manila have a clue! I've got like a bunch of "cobwebbed" wires in my ceiling dangling-it amazes me that these people say there's absolutely nothing wrong. It's hard for me to believe that I have 3 hours of smell of burning wires (which is obviously arcing) and yet every single one of them say everything is peachy! There has to be proof of arcing in my ceiling somewhere and something that cause that burning. There's gotta be a way to figure out what's causing my meter to spin faster.
closed as not a real question by ChrisF♦ Dec 17 '12 at 14:13
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Well if there is indeed arcing and a smell being created I would suggest following the smell. Surely you can tape up any shorting wires you find and see if that helps to clear up the problem.
Beyond that some basic trouble shooting can be used. The simplest is to isolate and test. Here are some things to try.