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Monthly Electrical Costs
« on: July 19, 2010, 01:23:50 PM »

Hello,

A year ago I installed an 11 x 16 American Pond Professional Grade pond kit with a 3000 GPH pump.  The pond is doing great - clear water - happy fish, lovely lillies and various other plants - nothing that I can find to complain about, but I was curious to know what others with a similar sized pump are spending per month on their electrical bill

I have been seeing my monthly electric bills higher than last year between $50 - $90 and I was expecting the $50, but $90 seems like to large of an increase.

Wondering in Michigan,
Rob

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Re: Monthly Electrical Costs
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2010, 03:01:21 PM »

   I run a 5000 GPH pump and two 50 watt UV clarifiers, and it runs an additional $20-25 a month...but then, we have fairly cheap power out here....
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2010, 09:16:26 PM »

Nothins' cheap here in Michigan.   It's been really hot here, so maybe its also A.C. causing the rise?
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Re: Monthly Electrical Costs
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2010, 12:11:59 PM »

A 3000 gph pump should draw about 685 watts X 24 hours a day = 16440 watts or 16.6 Kilowatt. Assuming a KW rate of 10 cents it will cost about $1.65 a day . Add to that a 20 watt VV would add about another $.050 a day.  So your looking at a little over $60 a months to run the pond
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Re: Monthly Electrical Costs
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2010, 09:47:53 PM »

I'm glad you did the math, jimr.  I didn't want to. Grin
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Re: Monthly Electrical Costs
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2010, 06:53:25 AM »

JimR - Thank You for the math - your numbers match my bills AND I found out yesterday that I also have an issues with my A/C causing the bills to increase - so you were both correct.

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Re: Monthly Electrical Costs
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2010, 10:29:38 AM »

Good to see you posting again Cruisinelvis.  Do you have any updated pictures now that the pond has been in for a year?   Grin

Go on the monthly budget for your electric.  You won't feel the pinch so much if you do.

Jim - good that you did the math.  I know I wouldn't have had a clue.
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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2010, 10:58:22 AM »

Yeah, jimr.  Thanks for the insight.  I knew how to do the calculations, but was way too lazy to actually make it happen.  You're my hero. Cheesy

Elvis, don't feel bad - our elec. bill this month was $409. At under 0.08 per KWH - up 53% from a year ago same month.  But we've got the pool filter, pond filter, heat exchanger for pool, A.C., and dehumidifyer for the basement - it's the price of a lazy, hazy summer, I guess.

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« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2010, 12:10:27 PM »

Hello..

Tana - I still come to the site daily and just lurk around.  I do have new pictures, but work has put restrictions on sites that can be accessed, so I have no place to place the pictures to post them here.  I will find time one night and put them on.  The pond has been just perfect and I have had nothing to report I have purchased some plants from the Skipper and 3 out of 4 have done very well, while one just died, but I am still very pleased with the results.  I see many new babies swimming in the pond and my girls are having a hard time naming them.  The original 11 fish all have names and they girls love feeding them.  Pictures to come.

Hey Jude - I live between Grand Rapids and Lansing in Portland.  I am over in your neck of the woods every week to two weeks.  I am involved with building a new Transportation Center in Pontiac that should break ground next month.  I have also cruised Woodward many times in the past, but will miss this years show.  I am hoping to pick up a convertible in the next couple of years and I think you have a 2010 Red Mustang.  I may wait a couple of years and get the 2011 - I like the tail lights and the new horsepower.

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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2010, 10:17:27 PM »

Yep, I do have a 2010 GT Premium.  We'll be joining the Dream Cruise again this year.  I've had 5 Mustangs, but this one is the best by far (and the most expensive!) but its fun to take it on the Cruise.  We put a big yellow duck in the back seat.  Great place to people watch.


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Re: Monthly Electrical Costs
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2010, 03:11:18 PM »

My ponds run 25.00 a month each, and the aerator runs about 15.00 a month im guessing....
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Re: Monthly Electrical Costs
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2010, 03:36:07 PM »

Jude I want a 2010 or 11 Mustang GT with a cervini kit and custom paint job on it.
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« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2010, 03:51:41 PM »

well, alrighty then, get a second job. Grin
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