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block heater & electrical usage

I have a 97' F 250 O.B.S. with the 7.3. how many watts is the block heater? this truck mostly sits. with that in mind how much electricity would it use plugged in 24 hours per day? my bill jumped $26.00 last month & $40.00 this month. the block heater is the only thing we're doing differently.
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Believe its around 1000 Watts.

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yes factory is 1000w heater

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does anyone have any idea how much it costs to use it?

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1000W equals 1 kW-h, so 24 kW-h per day times 30 days equals 720 kW-h. 720 kW-h times 10 cents per kW-h on average is $72 per month if plugged in 24/7

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wow!! that much. I guess i'll just plug it in when I'm going to use the truck.
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You can go to a Home Depot/Lowes and get a outlet timer rated for the truck and program it to come on every few hours.
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Or run an extension cord over to your neighbours house and steal their power....lol

It would be about the same as leaving 2 big flat screens on 24/7. Depending on type

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I put an amp meter on the block heater for the excursion the other night when I replaced the cord end. 7.4 amps draw @ 120 volts = 888 watts. With voltage fluctuating from 115 to 125 volts in most places my guess is the actual wattage is 850 to 900 watts.

Regardless... a steady draw of 7.4 amps is about the same as 9 - 100 watt light bulbs... adds up quick on the elec bill. I have two plugged in all winter, my 250 and her excursion. Boss (also a 7.3 psd fan) lets me plug in my truck at work too.

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