I finished converting one breaker box of a duplex into a sub-panel and had
the power company disconnect the power to the half now supplied by the
"sub-panel." (Several years ago the "duplex" was converted into a
A pair of 50-Amp breakers in the main box supply power, 11 inches away, to
the new sub-panel. My clamp-on meter showed one leg pulling 25 amps and the
other 15 with everything running in the "slave" portion of the building, so
I should be okay.
The purpose of this drill is to avoid the "just-because-its-there" charges
from the power company - things like "meter rental" and "power delivery
If the thing catches fire or starts laying golden eggs, I'll let everybody
know. But for the moment, I figure I'm saving about $25-$30 per month.
I engaged the technician in a discussion about Smart Meters. He said they
monitor everything: voltage drop, demand by time of day, etc. The power
company knows what time you come home, what time you go to bed, whether you
get up during the night(!), whether you've been bad or good. Everything.
I spoke to one of my customers in Washington state yesterday. I told him
about the above project. He said he had something similar in that the
(small) house he owned next door was only used by his children and
grand-children when they came to visit. He had the water shut off in the
small cabin and connected the building to his main house with double-female
water hose. Saves $17/month, he does.