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Old 03-30-2007, 01:30 PM   #11
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There is a product called 'Kill-a-watt' you can get at NewEgg.com and a few other places for about $20, you plug whatever you want into it and it tells you how many watts total it used over the past day or week.

You could plug each fish tank into this for a day and see how much power it actually uses. I found it quite useful and hey it's only $20, I saved more than that by figuring out how much some appliances use.
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one of the aquarium magazines offered an online thing where you could plug in your accessories and watts, and it would tell you the engery being used. I'll see if I can find it.
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Old 03-30-2007, 04:19 PM   #13
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I agree with doing the cost comparisons and ensuring that the current bill is an actual or estimated bill.

I do not agree that the lighting is solely responsible. The Eheim filter and PH's are worth looking at.

Lastly, let your wife know that it will be more expensive to take down the tanks than to keep them.
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Old 03-30-2007, 09:43 PM   #14
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well looked at the bill, they have been estimating, and then one week the actually checked the meter.

basically we have to be home for them to check the meter as it is inside the garage.

according to the bill next check is 4-3, i will be home as it is spring break for my school next week, we will see the next bill looks like
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Old 04-02-2007, 05:25 PM   #15
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well looked at the bill, they have been estimating, and then one week the actually checked the meter.

basically we have to be home for them to check the meter as it is inside the garage.

according to the bill next check is 4-3, i will be home as it is spring break for my school next week, we will see the next bill looks like
There you go...they have likely been estimating low for 3-4 months, and are now adjusting. I would be surprised if your tanks used a total of $45/month in juice, even at $0.07-$0.09/KWH.
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Old 04-06-2007, 04:04 PM   #16
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No way those tanks could increase your bill by $270. I also know someone who's water heater was running-- basically heating water & then pouring it down the drain, and they saw a similar spike in the bill, ~$40 up to ~$250. It's definitely more likely that one of your appliances is having problems.

My energy bill doubles during winter months. If you're in an old building heating could contribute a lot.
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Don't sell off tanks - grow & sell off CRS, Toninas, Reickii, Glosso, HC... is a longer term solution.
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Old 04-13-2007, 02:47 PM   #18
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Its not the tanks. I once managed to calculate my annual cost for 10 hours a day, 220 watts (converted to kilowatt hours, multiply by x....etc)

and it turns out that 220watts for 10 hours a day, in my area, is like $5 a month.

its more than likely your price per kilowatt hour and therm (for the natural gas) is what's skyrocketed.

I can't tell you how much i pay per kilowatt right now cuz I am at work. What I can tell you is that 220watts, plus another 130watts upstairs (plus heaters, filters & pumps for CO2), that all run 12 hours a day, 7 days aweek, plus 3 computers that run 24/7...each with a 300watt or larger power supply...plus 'normal' electricity use...I only pay $80 a month.

and the only thing in the house that's gas is the furnace.
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