Energy useage of a water pump

techntrektechntrek Solar Expert Posts: 1,372 ✭✭✭
I know there is a water pumping section but my question is about energy useage. Just had to replace my well pump ( :cry: ) and the ratings dictated that I move from the 3/4 HP pump that was installed, to a 1 HP pump. The reason is the pump depth @ 340 feet. Anyway, the change meant an increase of about 25% in amps, but the gallons-per-minute doubled so theoretically it will recharge the system in half the time. So this should mean an overall reduction in the energy used, right?
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  • waynefromnscanadawaynefromnscanada Solar Expert Posts: 3,009 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Energy useage of a water pump

    It could, sort of - - maybe. The heavier draw on the batteries may sufficiently involve the peukert effect, that the available energy from your batteries may be reduced, thus countering any otherwise saved energy.
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,047 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Energy useage of a water pump

    Depends on motor efficency, it's power factor, where you are on the pump curve for it, and how heavy the load is, I can see you running 2,000 w consumed, my 1/2 hp nameplate motor, shows as 1,000w on the XW6048 control panel.
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  • techntrektechntrek Solar Expert Posts: 1,372 ✭✭✭
    Re: Energy useage of a water pump

    Thanks, all. I wish I had some "before" figures from the old pump so I could do a comparison, but no big deal. I'll wait to see how my household useage pans out over time to get a rough estimate.
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