I would like to know how to understand my digital home electrical meter.
This picture shows what my home meter CURRENTLY reads. I intend to unplug everything in my tiny apartment in order to get another read.
My apartment consists of 1 SINGLE room, a kitchen, and a TINY Bathroom. That's it. Nothing else. Yet my electric bill is upwards of 370.00 a month. I calculated it should be no more than 190 at its highest possible amount. I believe my downstairs neighbors might be using electric (unknowingly) from my electrical supply.
My entire apartment is so small it only has 6 TOTAL outlets..
- My refrigerator & a bedside alarm clock for time of day viewing
- An unused toaster, I have used it 3 times in a year
- A microwave that gets used 10 minutes a month if that, otherwise only displaying the time of day on the front
Outlet 6 is the "big one":
A. A 32" LED smart TV
B. A PS4
C. Cell phone charger
D. Your regular every day home stand up lamp (100W bulb)
Extras: A hot water heater which I believe is gas.
And depending on the season:
Winter: 1 single electric baseboard heater, JUST ONE, in the entire apartment 5 feet long.
Summer: 1 single 6000 BTU air conditioner
That's it. Even if everything is used to excess I calculated less than 190 a month yet my bill is nearly twice that. What I personally want to know is if something is going on that I don't know about. Currently all I want to do is unplug everything and check the meter while that is going on. It will take a whopping 10 minutes to do.
Can someone tell me what those numbers mean on the display? Should it read almost 0000 if I unplug everything? I even plan on unplugging my fridge, everything..
Please help. I need to find cause to get my landlord to act. I could lose my place to live over this.