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Old 12-14-2013, 06:35 PM   #11
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You can get digital monitors that show you in real time your electricity being used and how much. If you switch everything off, check the monitor then turn your equipment back on, you can work out how much the stuff is costing.
They are usually sold by the electricity company.....
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Good idea, I think I have seen them in hardware stores as well. Must check.
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Old 12-15-2013, 11:08 AM   #13
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I bet it's the heaters that are the main culprit. Is it cold where you live. Any air-con, drafts from doors, windows. All these can have a big impact on the time the heater is on.
+1 suspect the heaters first.
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in December with all the lights inside and out it's usually around $200./$225
yes I go insane with lights lol
That's what we paid for every month. Got to love the Florida weather.

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They are usually sold by the electricity company.....
FPL puts that on for free for us if you want it..never used it. You can also buy "kill a watt" & find out what is drawing up some much energy. Also they have a program call budget billing. They average what you pay in a year & that is what you pay just about every month.
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in December with all the lights inside and out it's usually around $200./$225
yes I go insane with lights lol
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That's what we paid for every month. Got to love the Florida weather.
that's why I moved to the mountains you don't need a/c running all day/night
that right there would kill your pocket book than what ever you run on top of that
year round,

yes I may see a occasional high bill but most are under $100. except winter months and xmas

I never enjoyed wondering if the electric bill was going to make or break me

now I have natural a/c and don't cost a small fortune

hope you have a great xmas
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I want to live were you guys are living. Our electric bill here is never under $200. That is with trying to keep everything unplugged when not in use and using every method we can to lower cost. That doesn't even include heating. We heat with natural gas. We got hit by a tornado last year and after the power company reset poles and run new line, we got hit with a large increase.
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That's a big jump. I added a 55g a 20g and a 10g to the current 55g I already had and my Bill went up less than 5 bucks a month. And that's living almost in Michigan where it's single digits now.
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Heaters are usually the biggest user or energy in a tank, other than some extreme lights. Many aquarists keep the tank warmer than necessary. There are a large number of "tropical" fish that do quite well at normal room temps without a heater. Advantages to cooler water include higher levels of dissolved oxygen, lower/slower bacteria growth, and fewer instances of disease.
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Heaters are usually the biggest user or energy in a tank, other than some extreme lights. Many aquarists keep the tank warmer than necessary. There are a large number of "tropical" fish that do quite well at normal room temps without a heater. Advantages to cooler water include higher levels of dissolved oxygen, lower/slower bacteria growth, and fewer instances of disease.
My heater is on nearly the whole time, every time I look, it's on. I am keeping the temp for my community tank around 27c. What temp would you recommend???
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I want to live were you guys are living. Our electric bill here is never under $200. That is with trying to keep everything unplugged when not in use and using every method we can to lower cost. That doesn't even include heating. We heat with natural gas. We got hit by a tornado last year and after the power company reset poles and run new line, we got hit with a large increase.
Same here!!! Ours is never under $250 and this does not include house heat or tank heaters (I don't use them). I don't live in a mansion (small 3bd ranch) and everything is off that needs to be. I blame it on living in suburban area- prices are sky high for everything!
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