Quote (Ferbus @ Jul 7 2017 11:05pm)
just a question. but i have seen multiple blogs and videos on how to lower your electricity costs. simply by putting a magnet on the meter or even on the power board located in the house.
Does anyone know if this actually works? or if there is another way.
I just moved home and for some reason this house is using double if not triple the amount of power and I cannot understand why that is, I have checked the hot water C and its fine.
Okay... in industrial applications, that are inductive load heavy such as motors, they have add giant capacitors to put the power back in phase.... lots of technical stuff. Anyway, engineers use the "real and imaginary axis (sqrt -1) and more blah blah. The idea it to convert everything to real power.. more technical stuff.
In your home the main motors (inductive loads) are fans, refrigerator compressor, a/c compressor, washer/dryer motor. Yes they burn imaginary power but not enough to warrant any giant capacitor banks. Anyway... in a long winded way... from a science point of view, a magnet will not save you on the power used. You could try to fool the meter in someway but then you would have to have some engineering skills and be making a 6-figure salary anyway and won't be worried about power bills.
Now.. as for the why your house is using triple the power over another house?
- Bigger house?
- More sun load from big giant windows facing south? (assuming northern hemisphere)
- More freezing northerly winds from big giant windows facing south?
- Poorly insulated house?
- New cable modems, cable boxes, or smart TVs, PCs, home security? These bloody things suck 20watts each all the time when plugged in and don't turn off (24hr x 20w = ~500W => half kilo-watt-hour/day = 9cents/day = $2.70/month) - 10 of these stupid devices = $27/month extra.This post was edited by joeinfhills on Oct 24 2017 05:00pm