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I purchased a house a few weeks ago and got the power connected about a week ago. The house has been empty and I leave all the circuit breakers off. The Meter is digital but the display doesn't seem to work. I can check online with a few days delay. I decided to check and to my surprise there's a 82 kw usage at a supposed rate of 27 kw a day. I immediately called the power company and they said that might be a deviation to ground. The outside main breaker is on.

Is this possible even when there's no power inside the house? If so how can I test where is this deviation at?

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    If the display on your meter is broken, that is probably reason enough to ask them to repair or replace it. – Grant Aug 22 '15 at 20:28
  • One would think so. I did mention that but they didn't seem to care, since they read it remotely. They just told me to hire an electrician. – Rick Aug 22 '15 at 20:44
  • Is this an integrated panel/meter? – ChiefTwoPencils Aug 22 '15 at 20:50
  • Not sure what you mean. The meter is outside. Next to it is the main breaker. Inside is the house within a few feet away is the circuit breaker box. – Rick Aug 24 '15 at 1:42
  • If you are in the USA the utility companies are regulated by a State public service commission (maybe by another name). If the utility seems disinterested in your complaint I would recommend calling your State legislator's office and file a complaint with them regarding the utility's behavior. – ArchonOSX Nov 21 '15 at 11:35
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With the main breaker on there is no guaranty. The ONLY way to be sure is if any and all main breakers are off.

  • Agree. Turn the main breaker off and then check in a few days. – user20127 Aug 22 '15 at 22:42
  • Turned the main breaker off today. If it doesn't change would the problem be between the main breaker and circuit breaker box? What could cause this? – Rick Aug 23 '15 at 0:11
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    A "soft" or resistive short hot-ground or hot-neutral could cause this, not enough to trip the main breaker. – ThreePhaseEel Aug 23 '15 at 0:20
  • Since I turned off the main breaker I haven't been able to check online as it reads 0. I'll go during this week and try to read the meter. Is there any way I can test where this short is as it seems it may be between the meter and fuse box? – Rick Aug 24 '15 at 1:45
  • It is HIGHLY unlikely that there is a "short" between the meter and fuse/breaker panel. I really think you need to have someone come in and check this out. Typically the utility will send someone if you complain about a high bill or a meter reading with everything off. – Speedy Petey Aug 24 '15 at 11:32

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