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Old 01-30-10, 12:54 AM   #1
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Hi all. I'm from Southern IN. My power co. wants me to pay them $4769 during 2010 for energy. My overall bill raised $100 a month do to a ice storm last winter. Anyway for variety of reasons, I want not to need my power co. anymore.


Tonight I put copper coils inside this smoker with a pump I heated 50 gallon of water from 42 F to 81 F in 3 hours. It's so cold outside moisture is condensing in the chyme and dripping down. Nice thing about smokers their low temp and slow to heat. Some wet wood helps the chyme rain.



The Ranco operates off the modified inverter, Yes. More later.


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Old 01-30-10, 07:59 AM   #2
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Welcome to the site kbhale.

That is quite the electric bill! Could you tell us a bit more about your house/heating & cooling system?
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Old 01-30-10, 02:38 PM   #3
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The house was built in 1920.



Compass like the front of the house faces due west.



1st floor 1433 sqf
2nd floor 800 sqf ?
Basement 1092 sqf

December 2009..... 1858 KWh $273
June 2009............ 2369 KWh $319
December 2008..... 2031 KWh $271
June 2008........... 1867 Kwh $228

December 2009....182 Therms $148
June 2009............18 Threms $27
December 2008....107 Threms $156
June 2008 ...........16 Threms $36

Gas: water heater, cloths dryer, cook top, oven and furnace.
Electric 2 deep freezers, two frig, central air (1st floor only), 2 5k air conditioners, Hydroponics (lights, pumps and fans), and more



My hobby shed. At least a third of my energy bill. Old garage converted into greenhouse, BBQ kitchen, brewery and in process solar energy creation and storage.

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Old 02-01-10, 06:28 AM   #4
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I think you have your problem found. 4 refridgeration units, 3 air conditioners, plus the hydroponics. That stuff all takes tons of power. If you need it all, thats the price you have to pay. If you don't, just unplug an consolidate.
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You have alot of room for improvement!
To compare my 1920's house to your 1920's house, only mine is 2,600sf... I used 105 therms in Dec 2009 to heat and 500kwh, my electric is so high because unlike you everything in my house is electric other then space heating is natural gas, but you can see your gas usage for cooking and water heating in the summer is a fraction of what your heat is.
First thing I would do is get a Kill-a-watt, or other energy meter, check your libery to see if they have any to loan out, if your fridges are old it might just pay for it's self in a few years by being more energy efficient, do that with everything in your house until you've figured out what is using so much.
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February 2010 - 1675 KWh... February 2009 - 2558 KWh ... 883KWh x 0.13 = $114.79 savings

March 2010 - 1452 KWh... March 2009 - 1800 KWh ... 375KWh x 0.13 = $ 48.75 savings

April 2010 - 1147 KWh ... April 2009 - 1799 KWh ... 652KWh x 0.13 = $84.76 savings

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Wow, huge savings there! Nice job.

What exactly did you do?
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I Just got May's bill. It must be partly the good weather.
May 2010 - 674 KWh..May 2009 - 1555 KWh..881 KWh x 0.13 = $114.53 savings

Lowest bill that I can remember. 21 KWh per day.

My power company is asking for rate increases now for all the new equipment they bought.

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June 2010 - 1362 KWH $198. June 2009 2369 KWH $319. 1007 KWH x 0.13 = $130.91
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July 2010 - 1771 KWH $227.51. July 2009 3338 KWH $462. 1567 KWH x 0.13 = $203.71 savings from last year.

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