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Old 03-08-2012, 01:52 AM   #1
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Approximately what should electricity run us when we are plugged into a friends 20amp (we are plugged into their house)? The only thing on AC is our fridge! I know some of you plug into your own homes and will hopefully have a rough idea!! Thank you!!!!
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That's kind of hard to determine not knowing what they pay per KWH. If it's only the refrig it won't be much. What period of time are you staying there? Day, week, month? As a good gesture I guess $25 a month? Your not using anything else in the rv? TV, micro etc.? I know they can't be used at the same time but???
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Get yourself a Kill-A-Watt and pay for your exact usage.
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Get yourself a Kill-A-Watt and pay for your exact usage.
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One way to find out for certain what you are really using is to use a Kill A Watt good to 15A, Find out what their electric utility is and look up the cost per kilowatt hour.
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Check the KWH kilowatt per hour rating of the fridge and multiply x the hours plugged in. This should give you a guesstimate that is fair to both of you.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:51 AM   #7
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Check the KWH kilowatt per hour rating of the fridge and multiply x the hours plugged in. This should give you a guesstimate that is fair to both of you.
I would think that to be fair, you might want to consider what the power converter/inverter might be doing? Yes, the refer may be the only thing running on 110 directly, but the converter is supplying enough power to run the lights in use at minimum, is probably using quite a bit more power than the fridge?
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On a 20 amp circuit, give them a dollar a day. It just isn't the frig, you're also keeping your batteries charged, plus lights you use as you get up/go to bed, etc.

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Not an acurate measure but last summer friends came to our home in south Florida and plugged into my 50 amp service for 28 days. They had the AC on the entire time for their dogs and used the regular appliances throughout the time. My electric bill increased by approximately $70. That is $2.50 per day with everything running.
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My Norcold 1200 is a power hog on electric and uses a pretty much continuous 600 watts/hour in weather over 70 degrees. If I figure 16 hours a day x 600 watts = 9600 watt-hours per day (9.6 KWH). Call is 10 KWH x 15 cents/KWH and you have $1.50 a day. Most 8 or 10 cubic foot fridges use less watts, though, so $1/day might well do it.

In the Pacific Northwest where power is dirt cheap, cut the price in half.
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Take them out to dinner a couple times and call it even. If this doesn't work, go some place else, they aren't really friends, they sound more like relatives.
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In the Pacific Northwest where power is dirt cheap, cut the price in half.
I wish that were true! Bonneville Power has upped their rates substantially and it's still low compared to other places it's not "dirt cheap" anymore. It's about 9 a Kw here plus the fees that seem to get added.
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X2 on the KILL A WATT EZ (as stated to 15amps) then enter the $/KWh rate from their bill then you and they will know exactly what was used. Better to not create any uncomfortable issues with anyone including friends. After that you can barter/donate to them as you wish. The rate shown in the refer manual will be the maximum input and more that what it uses on average.

$0.114021/KWh is our March rate in central lower Michigan made up of 8 different "fees".
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Not an acurate measure but last summer friends came to our home in south Florida and plugged into my 50 amp service for 28 days. They had the AC on the entire time for their dogs and used the regular appliances throughout the time. My electric bill increased by approximately $70. That is $2.50 per day with everything running.
ditto - Great estimate. Don't be cheap. Friends are hard to buy these days.
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