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Old 04-03-2013, 03:17 PM   #1
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I recently have been bugging my dad for a pond and he said the electricity bill is already high enough. Does anyone else have high electricity
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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I recently have been bugging my dad for a pond and he said the electricity bill is already high enough. Does anyone else have high electricity
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Tanks don't generally run alot of electricity as far as i know. The filters, lights, pumps, heaters etc.... Are all built to run on as low energy as possible because they have to be constantly running. A friend of mine owns a bunch of big tanks over 125 gal id say atleast 3 and on top of that they bought a pet store set up and put it in there garage. They told me aquarium don't run alot of energy they actually went and bought a single solar panel and it runs the whole set up.
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My electric bill due to the fish tanks averages around $200-225 each month. With over 3000 watts in heaters, 3 Fluval FX'5's, a large Alita AL40 air pump running 25 sponge filters, 10 Aquaclear 70's, a Quiet One 8000 return pump, dozens of T5HO fixtures, not to mention the cost of weekly 50% water changes using changing over 750g per week(I'm on a well so I've got a well pump and sump pump running) I can assure you it's not cheap. So yes this hobby gets expensive quickly, thank the good man upstairs for a understanding wife!
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$300! my dad said the last one was $200. How much do you think a pond could add to this?
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:30 PM   #5
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$300! my dad said the last one was $200. How much do you think a pond could add to this?
I won't know the answer to that question for my bill until I get my bog filter built for my pond in a few weeks and get everything up and running.

I did just go back and review my Entergy account for the last 12 months.

One year ago, I had two tanks - a 29 gallon goldfish tank, with 3 filters, 1 heater and stock flourescent T8 lights and a 10 gallon with one filter, a heater, and stock fourescent lights. My bill that month was $96.

Round the clock air conditioning season started for me in April, 2012. My bill for that month was $107; the next month, $109, and then we hit June, July and August, and had the hottest August in Arkansas since record keeping began in 1889. My August bill was $138.

In January of this year, I started a 20 gallon planted tank with 2 filters, 1 heater and two el cheapo work lights from Lowes with 13 watt CFL bulbs. I also removed the stock lights from the 29 and the 10, and added work lights with 23 watt CFLs on the 29, and 1 work light with a 13 watt CFL on the 10. My bill, which included a rate increase from Entergy, was $99 in February.

I now am running three additional tanks - two 4 gallon nanos with stock LED lights, and a new 10 gallon with 1 filter, 1 heater and a work light. I just paid my bill due in April, and it was $98.

So I'd say my 6 tanks have had a negligible effect on my electricity bill. I do not use an electric clothes dryer - I hang my clothes and have been doing so for the last 2 1/2 years. That dropped my electricity bill by 30% immediately.

But that's just my own situation...
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Your bill is pretty low! I guess it also depends on how many people are in the house. I hope I can convince my dad to let me have a pond. Is it possible?
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Your bill is pretty low! I guess it also depends on how many people are in the house. I hope I can convince my dad to let me have a pond. Is it possible?
You're right about the number of people in the house. I'm the only two legged mammal in mine. I work M-F.

But I also think there's a lot of mistaken assumptions about aquarium heaters and energy usage. Yes, they are plugged in all the time in most temperate climates. But they aren't heating 24/7.

If you want to save some money on your electric bill, flip the breaker off to your electric water heater while you're gone for the day....

I hope you can get your pond.
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:Quote:If you want to save some money on your electric bill, flip the breaker off to your electric water heater while you're gone for the day....

I've never thought of that!
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Save energy during warm days by unplugging your heater in the summer i never use heaters. Also keeping a timer on your lights can help or just do what i do keep them on for a few hours than turn them off for a few hours helps to keep algae away too
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Just my opinion, sorry to be blunt: the pond would raise his bill a bit but he is most likely using the electric bill as a general reason, because ponds are a pain to build and maintain and if he owns his home he doesn't want to risk hurting it's value if you(or anybody) does a poor job or abandons the project halfway.

My bill is also in California and runs over $200, up to $400 if we run the hot tub or space heaters in winter. We make wood fires because heaters cost a pretty penny to run! Two person household, many lights and tech gear on all the time besides 4 tanks..

The bill of a whole pond build is many many times what he would pay in higher utilities. good luck with that one yo.

edit: here is a tip from my parents: in our state now homeowners can simply "lease" solar panels, which alleviates the risk of having to pay maintenance costs or roofing repair costs.if you bought them outright.

I can ask the actual company name they used depending on where you're at. Bay Area?
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