On Tue, 6 Nov 2007 20:32:59 -0500, "RBM" <rbm2(remove
Energy Star appliance efficiency refers to relatively small savings by
redesigning the product so that it idles with minimal or no power
being drawn when it is not in use. (A modern TV, computer, or a
monitor is a good example). A Tivo Recorder will have a disc drive
that runs hot whether you are watching a recording or not, on the
The amount energy star savings per household is very small and has
nothing to do with having 200A service capacity or some other
arbitrary number of service capacity.
However, if you multiply this small amount of energy savings per
household by all the households in your neighborhood, town, state or
on a countrywide basis, the savings are substantial and could amount
to one or more LESS full scale power plants. This is good for the
earth and so they say, what is good for the earth is good for you.
At the most, you will save a few bucks a year using energy star
products. If you convert from incandescent to CPF lamps you will
probably get some real savings.
Service capacity depends more on climate and square footage than
anything else. Homes in extreme cold and hot cliimates need more.
Wealthy people also need more (keeping that hot tub at 98F on a
24/7/365 basis, for example) Wealthy people have larger houses, which
cost more to heat and cool, keep the lawn watered, etc.
Just as a little sanity check, a 60a average use works out to 10,368
kwh a month. At a dime a kwh you would have a thousand buck electric
I do understand some people may have some pretty big peak loads but I
still think, if you aren't Al Gore 200a is plenty for just about
Even with large potential loads you rarely run into issues with a
"normal" 200A service. I have a 200A service and with electric heat,
clothes dryer, oven, welder and the usual lighting loads I could
theoretically peak at around 300A if everything were to hit at once, but
I've yet to have a problem.
Sort of embarrasing to admit it, but we needed to have two 200 amp
panels. Note sure if the supply is 400 amps, probablly not .... don't
know... The panels are stuffed full of breakers too. I think I only
have maybe six slots open....
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