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Old 12-14-2014, 06:53 PM   #1
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Question Regarding $ kwh charges

What kind of range in charges would I expect for a month @ $.12 kwh.

I generally don't spend a month in any one spot but when I do, avoid kwh charges only because I have no idea if this amounts to $50 or $500.
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Old 12-14-2014, 07:33 PM   #2
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last month my bill was $37 and we were paying about 11cents p/kw. Since it was cold, we didn't run the a/c or heat pump. Depending on the climate, I have paid anywhere up to $150 month.
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Old 12-14-2014, 08:56 PM   #3
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Last winter in Sarasota FL I averaged around $75-$100 per month, can't remember the rate per KWH. We used the AC/HP for most of the winter but the rig was under tree cover so I'm sure that cut down on AC usage some.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:46 PM   #4
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All of your lights are rated in watts. 60 watts, 100 watts etc. 1000 watts =1 kilowatt
A kilowatt hour is 1000 watts 1 hour
All the rest of the appliances, blow dryers etc have an amperage rating eg 1,2, 20amps etc
Multiply the supplied voltage eg 120 volts or 240volts X The amperage of the AC etc and that will give you watts. X 1000 =kilowatts.
Add up all the watts you are using at a given time and divide X 1000.
Multiply the kilowatt hourly charge X your kilowatts that you are using and this will tell you how much it will cost you per hour.
You can then multiply that by days, weeks etc.
This will give you an accurate estimate of what your bill should be
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:56 PM   #5
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But how do the 12V lights and appliances convert? Because they run off the converter in 12V, I don't think it is calculated that way.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:15 PM   #6
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Multi ply the wattage of the lights or the amperage of the appliances 12 volts and get the same thing. This is called OHMS Law.The wattage of your convertor or investor is 1000w, 1500w 2000w etc
If it is tripping you know you are using at least this much.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:18 PM   #7
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If you are using a
A 60 watt 12v bulb you will notice they are no where's near as bright as a 120 60 watt bulb. But they are cheaper to operate
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:41 PM   #8
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ok, the easiest way is to read the meter at the beginning and then at the end. subtract the beginning from the end and multiply by your rate, .12. There's your bill.
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That is the way to figure out your bill to make sure you are not over charged and your bill is accurate
The other way is to estimate what your charges could be
Trust me after 40 years working for the electrical utilities I have had to deal with power bills forever
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For the past three Winters in Florida, one year in our Montana and two years in the RW, we've ran between $70 to $100 per month. We try not to run the AC (open windows and a fan or two) but Hot Water is on Electric and we don't have a Gas oven, so we use the Convection/Microwave all the time, and all lights converted to LEDs. If you're paying directly to the Power Company, there is a monthly service charge in addition to the per KWH rate.
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