Help me understand where my utility power is going (Wishbone)

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Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset

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  • wishbonewishbone Registered Users Posts: 2
    After noticing. That turning off my power strips when not in use, unplugging my 220v stove and only using 110v hot plate, reducing my (well) water usage, a b d calling APS. To report - meter not reducing my KWHs- my USAGE KWHS are increasing. HELP PLEASE. I am monotoring start usage and end usage. Does aps increase meter usage to cover losses from mother nature ?
  • wishbonewishbone Registered Users Posts: 2
    I watched my aps meter and after 2 hours of watering the aps meter showed 18 kwhs usage. Suggestions?
  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 29,511 admin
    You might want to look at a whole house monitor like this one:

    http://www.theenergydetective.com/

    You can get ones with several current transformers to put on different branch circuits and figure out what is using most of your power.

    And, quickly, you can use a simple Current Clamp Meter (like this one from Sears) to measure AC and DC current... Measure each branch circuit and figure out where the current is going.

    Amps * Volts = VA (not Watts technically, this equation may over estimate power/Watts usage a bit).

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • sub3marathonmansub3marathonman Solar Expert Posts: 300 ✭✭✭
    You could also look at Brultech.  They have one that will monitor 32 circuits, and you can get a package deal with two different groupings of CTs.  They also have a good website for help and ideas.
    http://www.brultech.com/
     
  • sub3marathonmansub3marathonman Solar Expert Posts: 300 ✭✭✭
    You could also look at Brultech.  They have one that will monitor 32 circuits, and you can get a package deal with two different groupings of CTs.  They also have a good website for help and ideas.
    http://www.brultech.com/
     
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