Your last paragraph doesn't hold true with my electric company. If I
had 2 200 amp meters, the second service would have a surcharge of
something like $10/month even if no power was used, or if a million
KWH's were used they would still charge that extra $10/month. So I paid
to have the current transformer installed and have no monthy fee except
for how many total KWH's I use. The one thing I dislike is the current
transformer divides the power by 20, so the "digital spinning wheel"
only runs at 1/20th the speed which is not easy to read to get that
"instant look" at how much power I'm using at the moment.
You didn't understand what I was saying in that last paragraph.
A 400A panelboard cost a *lot* more than two 200A panels, so even if you
have a single CT metered 400A service, in most cases it feeds two 200A
panels as this is less expensive.
Whether the two 200A panels are fed from one 400A service or separate
200A services is just a matter of whether you prefer two monthly service
charges, or one upfront CT meter installation charge.
Our bills do end up all over the place - I just got the latest one a few
minutes ago, and it's currently 4.5 cents / kWh for the stuff we have on
off-peak (heaters, dryer and water heater), then 9.4c/kWh for the first
500 kWh used of 'normal' electric and 7.4c after that. We also get $9.50
off for a "water heater credit" and $4 off for a "dryer credit".
That off-peak rate's certainly less than it was the previous month.
We've just ordered a couple of hundred gallons of propane today, so it'll
be interesting to see what the prices there are like when that gets
There was one common model we used in one of the Gulf states called
the Indesit, made IIRC in Italy.
It was quickly nicknamed 'THE INDECENT' .
Problem was that once you started it you couldn't open the door! It
didn't use much water and took ages to rock back and forth and 'do' a
wash. Then the problem of drying clothes. Either hanging them up in
front of the AC (even that was dusty) or finally installing a large US
style 230 volt dryer. The electricity btw, was all 230 volt 50 hertz.
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