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Old 01-14-2009, 05:19 PM
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Block Heater Draw?

Ok guys, I need help. My company is saying that my truck is drawing way to much power when I have it plugged in at work on cold days and is jacking up the bills. What would be the bill for one of our trucks plugged in for 8hours? I don't know if this can be calculated or not, just looking for some help.
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they draw 1000 watts so 8000 watts a day
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:25 PM
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Yeah but how do I figured out how much money it is?

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Old 01-14-2009, 05:28 PM
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kind of funny you brought this up because my electric bill was 120 bucks more from dec-1 to jan-1, i THOUGHT it was all because of this "eden pure" electric heater i bought, buuuut you made me remember my truck was plugged in most of the month because i didnt drive it..... hhmmmmm aahhhhh my buddy just said we need to buy a meter to check it,, probably could get it at home depot or someplace like that...
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yall do remember that the whole country had a cold snap during the 2nd and 3rd week in DEC. Most places were in the low tens a couple of day and real cold for a week.
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:35 PM
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I had a timer set up. Mine came on at 3am and ran till 7am. Engine was 100 degrees when I got in at 7am. Didnt notice a diff on the power bill.
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kind of funny you brought this up because my electric bill was 120 bucks more from dec-1 to jan-1, i THOUGHT it was all because of this "eden pure" electric heater i bought, buuuut you made me remember my truck was plugged in most of the month because i didnt drive it..... hhmmmmm aahhhhh my buddy just said we need to buy a meter to check it,, probably could get it at home depot or someplace like that...
dont need a meter. its a fact its 1000 watts. as far as seeing what they charge, i think every state is different. ask your boss to tell you what the electric co charges per kilowatt and figure it from there. another thing is buy a simple timer to go on for 3 hours before you get back and that will help alot. be sure its capable of holding more than 1000 watts tho. my timer is set for 3 hours and is good for 1500 watts.
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The heater draws about 8.3 Amps by my Calcs. P=V*I 1000=120*I or 1000/120 =8.33Amps
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Where did you buy your timer Jon or anybody else which has a timer setup?
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:02 AM
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Yeah but how do I figured out how much money it is?

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Block heater pulls 1000 watts. Multiplied times 8 hours, that is is 8000 watt hours per day.

Divide watt hours by 1000 to get the total kilowatt hours (Kwh). In this case, 8000/1000 = 8 Kwh.

Multiply 8 Kwh times the cost per each Kwh that your electric company charges (should be on your bill) to get cost per day. For example, my electric company charges $0.09891 per KwH. Multiplied times 8, that equals $0.79 (rounded off) per 8 hr day.

Some power companies also charge a monthly "customer charge" on top of actual power consumed. To figure your fair share of the bill, you need to divide your monthly Kwh by the total Kwh on the bill, then multiply the monthly customer charge by that percentage. For example, assume your monthly Kwh consumption is 160 (8 kwh per day times 20 days), the monthly customer charge is $10.00, and the total Kwh on the monthly bill is 1650. 160 divided by 1650 = 0.0969697, times 10.00 = $0.97 (rounded off). So, your share of the bill would be $15.82 + $0.97 = $16.79.
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