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Old 02-08-2013, 09:35 AM   #15
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i still disagree as if the tape shorted which means quit working as it needs two sides to draw power..if one of the legs shorted it has to quit...but i am not an electrician...heat tape is essentually a short to make heat and if it burns out or "shorts out" it quits working which means no draw...jeff
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:44 AM   #16
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No draw would be an open condition.

However a heating strip can short out at some point in the strip resulting in a lesser resistance due to the location of the short, thus drawing more energy and having uneven heat.

Best here is to measure the loads, either with clamp style meter or timing the rotation of the risk in the meter, one can see what the high loads are from that
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:27 PM   #17
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I don't have the time or inclination to fully explain, but maybe this link will help.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:40 PM   #18
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I have a heated water dish for my dog. I've been told that it cost me 7 bucks a month just to keep it going. If you add up enough small loads you get a big electric bill.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:25 PM   #19
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I have a heated water dish for my dog. I've been told that it cost me 7 bucks a month just to keep it going. If you add up enough small loads you get a big electric bill.
Hey, Caveman!

If you keep coddling yer dog, it might get all soft- not to mention run up your electric bills...

Here's how my "Camp Hell-and-lovin'-it" rat terrier gets water when the temp gets below zero:

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When it's cold outside, the rule is: if it's not solid, it's not dog water!
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from what i read there is no "extra watts to pay for " just balenced loads so your bill is the same...

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Not everybody is on one of those peak demand power measuring systems though. My brother has one his farm because it is the only way they would sell him enough power to run the grain dryer. But, they told him he would hate it and he does. I still have a old meter with a wheel in it that spins at my place and I have to write down the numbers every month and send it to the electric company so they can figure out the bill.
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So what is everyones definition of a high electric bill? I have a 1500 sq foot home and pay about $500 a month. Two hundred of that is gas. I had electric meter at one campground and paid about $75 a month for our 40 footer.,
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Agree I have 2400 ft last bill was $177 when I full timed electric was .14 per kw bill was barley over $120 in Texas heat
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Hi

He doesn't accidentally have his block heater turned on and running 24-7 does he? That will add up in a hurry.

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So what is everyones definition of a high electric bill? I have a 1500 sq foot home and pay about $500 a month. Two hundred of that is gas. I had electric meter at one campground and paid about $75 a month for our 40 footer.,
I would call that extremely high. My home electric bill only is about 175. And, that's really a lot higher then it should be. I could cut 50 a month off of that with just a few conservation measures. (Oh, and I have a electric water heater, kitchen stove, and I live in the country so I burn propane for heating fuel)
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Wouldn't bad battery's cause the charger to work harder? Therefore more electricity.
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