We recently got a nearly double electrical bill during the previous cycle. I, wrongly, assumed it was just a fluke and my family had left some things on longer than they were supposed to. This billing cycle we got a bill 320% of our normal bill!
While I was at work, I had my wife try to identify where the power draw was coming from by shutting off all the breakers and enabling them one at a time until one was identified. She found a breaker (we'll call it 17/19 for the purpose of discussion) that was drawing a LOT of energy. It spins about 4x times the speed of our kitchen breaker, which has a new 'fridge on it. However, we have no idea what the 17/19 breaker even powers! It doesn't seem to turn off any lights or heaters. We have it off for now, but I'd really appreciate some suggestions of how to figure out where that circuit goes. Also, how it could be drawing so much energy! Some sort of short?
The house was built in the mid-60s and we're the recent 2nd owners. We lived in the house for about 6 months before this started happening.