Gas oven accidentally left on for a couple of days


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Old 12-02-17, 09:57 AM
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Gas oven accidentally left on for a couple of days

My daughter, a college student, accidentally left the gas oven in her apartment on for a couple of days. Neither she nor her roomate noticed it was on (I don't understand how that could happen, but I am long removed from being a college student). So now they received a gas and electric bill 5-6 times higher than their usual bill. And both the gas and electric individually are that much higher.

Specifically, normally their electric usage for a month is about 100 KWH, last month it was 606 KWH.
Their gas usage is normally about 9-10 CCF, last month it was 115 CCF.

It seems to me that having an oven on for two or three days non-stop still shouldn't cause such a huge increase in gas and electric usage -- or should it?
 

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Old 12-02-17, 10:09 AM
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Pretty hard to guess at what a "huge" increase is.

Yes... the gas oven uses gas and electric. Based on it's size it could use up to 35k btu of gas and approx. 375 watts of AC when lit. Since the oven cycles it would be nearly impossible to figure out how much gas and electric it would use per day.
 
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Old 12-02-17, 01:42 PM
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I can not imagine a bill going up that high just because an oven was left on for days, especially the electric bill.

I'm not joking, maybe it was left on for weeks or a month.
 
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Some gas ovens, use an electric broiling element. They pull abou the same current as a space heater so if that's the case then the bill seems possible.
 
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Old 12-03-17, 08:31 AM
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Good point PD. I have a convection oven and there are heating elements in the fan. I had to run a new circuit to power the gas oven.......
 
 

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