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Any electrician types out there?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by blackstone37, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. blackstone37

    blackstone37 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I live Illinois and my electric bill has become out of control. I'm paying the going rate of 6.5 cents per kilowat, but I'm using 1500-3000 kilowats per month. My bills approach $300. My furnace and ac have both been replaced in the past year. My usage has seemed to be going up during the winter, which seems backwards to me.

    I have shut down a space heater that we run at night in my daughter's room. I hear that can be a few dollars per day. I am going to reprogram my thermostat so it is more efficient. When I bought this house 5 years ago,it had no lighting, so I put in about 50 recessed lights, and am using 75w sylvania halogen floods. They are supposed to be energy efficient. Are these killing me? I am considering joining a program where I can buy electricity at wholesale prices, but I would be locked into that program for a year. Right now, the price on that program would be 3.5 cents per kilowat, but it can spike at times of high usage. Any advice would be helpful.
     
  2. mjtravis64

    mjtravis64 Newbie

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    I am an electrical engineer in the south. We normally use gas for heat down here, but I understand it is very expensive in the north. Halogen floods are (1) expensive and (2) will not save you much money over incandescent. You may want to try fluorescent. These can reduce your power consumption for lighting by almost half, but they are not the best lights for women putting on makeup or when you are trying to match colors. Just keep them out of the closets and bathrooms and you should be ok.

    You said you put in 50 recessed lights. That is alot. You may have been better off putting in some low profile fluorescent lights. This would give you a better light spread throughout the room. Try using table lamps with fluorescent lights. This can provide a good amount of light, especially when the light is reflected off the ceiling.

    I hope this helps.

    Michael
     
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  3. smoky1930

    smoky1930 Newbie

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    Also an electrical engineer, Something is not adding up, 3000 kwh at .065 per kwh comes out to a max of $195.00 Maybe an error on your bill?
    How many watts are the 50 recessed lights?
    Its probably not the floods that are killing you, if you left them on 24/7 for the entire month, it would cost you $3.51 per light per month. You should do an experiment, record your meter at the beginning of the day then check it the next day, subtract the difference and find out how many kwh you use per day and get a rough estimate for the month.
     
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