on Wed, 23 May 2012 20:35:39 -0700 (PDT), Larry Fishel
Exactly-- My hot tub costs about $1/day @15cents/kWh. If it was
heating 24/7 it would cost about $30/day.
Put a couple inches of insulation around the bottom and sides of that
waterbed-- use a big fluffy comforter, turn the heat off in the
room, and the waterbed can reduce your energy use.
What you have is NOT any estimate of what it
actually costs to begin with. It's like assuming a
car with a 400hp engine is using gasoline at that
rate all the time, whether it's going 120mph
uphill or sitting in the garage.
Better disconnect your AC and electric water heater
too. They use far higher and scarier amounts of electricity if
somehow you ran them flat out, 24/7
I'll bet your toaster and hair dryer use more per day. Haven't
had a waterbed in years, but when we did I never noticed any
difference in our electric bill
you should get a Kill-o-watt just for the curiosity factor--
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
That one is less than $20 -- I don't know what the difference is if
you pay $8 more for the 4460-
I paid $50 6-8 years ago for mine & it has paid for itself in guiding
me to the *real* thieving appliances. I've never seen one of those
charts worth the time to read them.
Not sure either, but when I bought mine the difference
was the more expensive one allowed you to enter your electric cost,
cent per KWH and it saves it and then would display the cost of
running the appliance per hour, day, year, etc. Worth it IMO.
I guess every time someone brings up these readers, I'm confused. I still
need to run the appliances even if they do suck a lot. Knowing how much
they use is not going to make me feel better, probably worse:(
Dehumidifier, small chest freezer & 2nd fridge in the basement, and yes a
waterbed heater for almost 30 years now. Electric range & 3 door fridge
upstairs. Gas water heater.
Electric bill averages about $100 per month at .12611 cents per kwh, current
rate. I've installed ceiling fans in all the rooms and we are not fond of
AC, so the central unit rarely runs. Living in SE Wisconsin now, but even
when we were living in Las Vegas we set the AC at 78 in summer.
My guess was there was a defrost cycle stuck on-- But somebody put a
good one on sale so I didn't even try to figure out what the problem
was. Replaced it and paid for the toy.
The electric bill went back to normal and the freezer lasted a few
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