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Old 12-13-2013, 05:49 PM   #1
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My electric bill has dramatically increased

We now have 2 55 gallon tanks and we see a difference in our electric bill. Have 2 Cascade filters does that use up a lot of juice? Would it make more sense to buy a different filter? If so what brand? And does people buy lightly used aquarium filters? Need your help do not want to get rid of our fish in which that's my boyfriends solution, please help me find a better option. Thanks!
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:53 PM   #2
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Well i would of thought the cost of buying a new filter would be a years worth of electric for your current filters so initially you wouldnt save much but maybe in the long run. Unless you buy a bigger filter that uses less or the same power than 1 of the filters you have and remove the 2 filters on the tank already.

What lights are you using and do you have plants in the tank? Any extras airstones you could do without?
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:23 PM   #3
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Can I ask what sort of difference you are seeing? I have led's on lights to save cost but I was under the impression electrical cost wasn't too bad.

I did get some comments at start here on this when I set up mine, I reckon it balances out as I'm watching the tank not the tv If only the tank came with a remote control...
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:50 PM   #4
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I have LED lights but I don't keep them on all day I turn it on in the morning and turn them off before leaving to work. And back on again in the evening longest time during evening is 3 hours. My electric bill went from $60 to now $100 -$115 a month.
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I have LED lights but I don't keep them on all day I turn it on in the morning and turn them off before leaving to work. And back on again in the evening longest time during evening is 3 hours. My electric bill went from $60 to now $100 -$115 a month.
Yikes, a bit there. Do you have an electricity meter on your fuse box at all? We had an issue with room lights and end up going around switching stuff on and off and trying each to find out which was using most power.
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:39 AM   #6
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Led lights and filtration doesn't seem enough to double your power bill. What size heaters are you running, and at what temp?
My power bills are triple what they were before I kept fish, but I have several tanks and run uv sterilizers, multiple external filters, powerheads, T5 and led lights, heaters etc. in summer I have to run a portable air conditioner I bought specially to cool the tanks, so I KNOW where all my power is going
Are you sure the hike in consumption is ALL aquarium related??
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+1. I assume it would be like double the washing machine and refrigerator which just seems huge.
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I bet it's the heaters that are the main culbrite. 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.
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:54 AM   #9
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Look at your utility bill to see if your supplier raised their rates.
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Old 12-14-2013, 02:29 PM   #10
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It really depends on where you live , colder climates yes your rates will go up
and plus the holidays with all them Xmas lights on the tree
my summer months here in Colorado my bill may be $75./$90.
winter months are more $125./$150.
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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