electricity usage

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  1. Kevin34PE

    Kevin34PE

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    Hi everyone, is there anyway to reduce electricit usage on my tank? It seems to be using bout 30 units a day on the prepaid meter. 30 units a day is a bit hectic isn't it? I'm only running a skimmer,return pump,and 2 12000L blowers.
     
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    It all depends on what the pumps are drawing. You do get pumps that consume much less power but the do come with a nice price tag.

    What make and models are the pumps you are using?
     
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    I'm using a red sea protein skimmer,2 resun 12000L blowers and will check now what return pump I have and get back to you when I find the box.
     
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    What lighting do you use?
    A chiller-heater and lighting normally use the most electricity.
     
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    Am runnin a 4 foot 4 tube t5 flourescent unit,but lights only on at night. No chiller and no heaters.
     
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    Check the label on your return pump, probably around 70w
     
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    My entire house hold run on 30 units a day!
    That include a swimming pool pump and my entire tank with 2 x 250w MH!

    Something does not sound right!
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Then it's def not his tank , must be geyser, kettles or something like that
     
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    Agree!

    My tank:

    2 x 300w heaters.
    2 x 250w MH
    65w return pump.
    5 x 54w T5s
    2 x tunze 6105's
    40w skimmer pump
    2 x 15w reactor feeding pumps.
     
  11. Kevin34PE

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    Return pump says 60w on it. Is that a lot? Only new thing running is the tank,so that's why I think its the tank. But am open to any theories as to what it could be.
     
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    60w is not allot for a return pump considering you tanks size.
    My return pump is 6500l/h

    Your return pump uses 1440w per day, that is 1.4 units.
     
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    We had visitors for the weekend,so the geyser has been working for extra people in the house,will keep eye on tank and see what's happening. But now that it was mentioned,the kettle also been working overtime.with all the tea and coffee being made as its very cold here in PE.
     
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    I save electricity by drinking brandy in summer and red wine in winter!
    No need for a kettle :lol:

    When was geyser installed?
     
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    Geysers always been in the house. Me and the toppie did do the brandy and coke thing,but women were into tea and coffee.
     
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    Geyser uses 3500W to heat up. So with visitors... What size geaser is it? Does it have a geaser blanket?
    Do your ceiling got insulation?

    Same 3500W for a kettle, but at least kettle does the job in 2 or 3 minutes.
    Tumble dryer, that things shows wattage.

    Get a egg timer in the shower.
     
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