Just got an energy monitor just checking if my usage is right/normal?

When I first intalled it at lunchtime it started about 150 watts then spiked up and down between 150-250 for first few minutes.

All I had on was my SkyHD box and my crt tv on but the usage stabilised about 180.

In the evening I just randomly checked it a hour ago and it was about 790watts!

I assumed it might have been my pc but then as soon as I turned living room lights off it went down to about 550watts and once turned off kitchen lights went down to about 400watts.

Then when PC was turned off it went down to about 200watts finally I turned living room lights back on and it shot back up to 400watts.

I did these tests over like a 30 minute period so gave meter chance to update.

So by these assumptions the kitchen room lights seem to use about 150 watts

But to me 200W for lights seems high!

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Your not normal

What lights are they - what wattage are the bulbs - and how many? Its hardly rocket science.

Also - do you not have a fridge/freezer?
Edited by: "jah128" 13th Oct 2010

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starsparkle2311

LMAO DLM you are not real, seriously X)



I am joking, sorry ryouga

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jah128

What lights are they - what wattage are the bulbs - and how many? Its … What lights are they - what wattage are the bulbs - and how many? Its hardly rocket science.Also - do you not have a fridge/freezer?



Oh yeah doh forgot about that, have a full sized fridge freezer.

The bulbs in living room are the small screw in type that you get for some desktop lamps, I do assume they may be a higher wattage then energy saving ones and 3 are on at same time so would obv treble the usage but still seems quite high but there could be something I am missing.

But if the fridge freezer and sky box and crt tv only use under 200w then its strange how my lights use far more.

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starsparkle2311

I am joking, sorry ryouga

You so are not,lol[/quote]

Ok I am not sorry

Please don't report me.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

If you mean SES candle bulbs they may well be 40W or 60W each. If they are halogen spots they will be 20W or more likely 50W each + an extra 20% or so in transformer losses. If they are the former, swap them for energy saving equivalents and it will drop to maybe 30W - (11W energy saver bulbs should provide a similar light output). If they are spots, then you would need LED spot lamps, which are a bit pricey (and not really that good yet).

Edited by: "jah128" 13th Oct 2010

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starsparkle2311

Who reports? Could you be bothered? Do you DLM? I don't



I have only reported my silly stalker

It will probably say on the bulbs what they are - why not take one out and have a look!

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jah128

If you mean SES candle bulbs they may well be 40W or 60W each. If they … If you mean SES candle bulbs they may well be 40W or 60W each. If they are halogen spots they will be 20W or more likely 50W each + an extra 20% or so in transformer losses. If they are the former, swap them for energy saving equivalents and it will drop to maybe 30W - (11W energy saver bulbs should provide a similar light output). If they are spots, then you would need LED spot lamps, which are a bit pricey (and not really that good yet).



Just remembered Had some spares in kitchen cupboard, on them they say "Halo lamp" then 50W bellow that so it means if I have 3 on at once that makes up the 150w and I heard you say they use 20% extra.

Sometimes I have all 6 llights on at once in living room so would cost a lot long term.

I was just wondering why my electric bills are about £1.70 a day just running a pc and tv and digibox or about the same if I was using laptop instead of desktop.

jah128

It will probably say on the bulbs what they are - why not take one out … It will probably say on the bulbs what they are - why not take one out and have a look!



There is no way to get to them without a proper full size ladder, id say ceiling was at least 10-15 feet high if not more.
Edited by: "ryouga" 13th Oct 2010

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starsparkle2311

You only have one?



Hopefully

jah128

If you mean SES candle bulbs they may well be 40W or 60W each. If they … If you mean SES candle bulbs they may well be 40W or 60W each. If they are halogen spots they will be 20W or more likely 50W each + an extra 20% or so in transformer losses. If they are the former, swap them for energy saving equivalents and it will drop to maybe 30W - (11W energy saver bulbs should provide a similar light output). If they are spots, then you would need LED spot lamps, which are a bit pricey (and not really that good yet).

jah128

It will probably say on the bulbs what they are - why not take one out … It will probably say on the bulbs what they are - why not take one out and have a look!



Sounds like halogen spots. Well, 6 lights will be ~350W or so, or 1 unit every 3 hours. So I guess your options are 1) swap for energy saving bulbs 2) use energy-saving lamps instead - get a couple of desk lamps 3) have less lights on!. You could of course borrow a ladder and remove 1 or 2 of the bulbs, sacrificing a bit of light for economy, but I'd recommend getting a cheap uplighter and a couple of table lamps and using energy saving bulbs in them, and using the kitchen lights/main lights only when you really need them.

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starsparkle2311

oO You have to troll better, if you did it properly you would have at … oO You have to troll better, if you did it properly you would have at least 2, you're doing it wrong DLM



I don't like ugly stalkers

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jah128

Sounds like halogen spots. Well, 6 lights will be ~350W or so, or 1 unit … Sounds like halogen spots. Well, 6 lights will be ~350W or so, or 1 unit every 3 hours. So I guess your options are 1) swap for energy saving bulbs 2) use energy-saving lamps instead - get a couple of desk lamps 3) have less lights on!. You could of course borrow a ladder and remove 1 or 2 of the bulbs, sacrificing a bit of light for economy, but I'd recommend getting a cheap uplighter and a couple of table lamps and using energy saving bulbs in them, and using the kitchen lights/main lights only when you really need them.



The problem there is that they are in sets of 4 so one switch turns on 4 at a time but in both sets 1 buld isnt working so 3 are on and secondly I only have 2 double wall sockets in living room really close to each other and so it would force all light into one corner or have long cables spread over room.

I would be happy with just 1 normal bulb in livig room but there isnt a normal light socket like in hall or bedroom.

Your going to have to make a sacrifice somewhere. Its either 1) pay lots more in electricity 2) pay lots for energy saving spot bulbs or 3) use uplighters/table lamps and have an extension cable.

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try using candles

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A masterclass in stating the bleedin obvious by the OP as per usual lol

best thing to do is to switch everything off so you get a zero reading and the check that the meter has stopped turning. Then spend an hour switching things back on and see what they use. Watch out for the fridge/freezer as its consumption will vary as the thermostat comes on and off. It wont take long before you will recognise what each appliance is using.

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csiman

A masterclass in stating the bleedin obvious by the OP as per usual lol



Not really as my results were based on short burst tests i.e turning off eletrical items for short periods but noticing a immediate drop in usage.

Plus it was to gauge other peoples usage.

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you have become a little paranoid about this oO

Another classic

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sassie

you have become a little paranoid about this oO



No just a bit OCD.

Such a shame I cant open a thread without people(not talking about you) trolling anytime I start a thread yet dont int he same way on others.

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ryouga

No just a bit OCD.Such a shame I cant open a thread without people(not … No just a bit OCD.Such a shame I cant open a thread without people(not talking about you) trolling anytime I start a thread yet dont int he same way on others.



i dont think a monitor is going to help, if anything just add to the ocd, you dont need a monitor to tell you if you are using electric then you have to pay for it, and i bet the monitor runs off the mains - lol

The op's obsession is scary, maybe move into the nearest cave?

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sassie

i dont think a monitor is going to help, if anything just add to the ocd, … i dont think a monitor is going to help, if anything just add to the ocd, you dont need a monitor to tell you if you are using electric then you have to pay for it, and i bet the monitor runs off the mains - lol



It was to understand where the electric is going since every property I live my usage is utterly different despite having the same habits i.e cooking the same, using the same pc and tv and wondered why when I use my tv for like a hour it uses 10p in electric yet using my laptop instead of my tv uses 10p electric, or if I use pc and itv it seems to use 10p electric.

Considering its like 11p a Kwh then I would be using about 1Kwh a hour so was trying to see why.
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