In the light of day I was able to do some more
With no lights on, I measured 660 watts.
With also the fridge off, I measured 360 watts.
When I also turned off a PC fileserver, FIOS modem,
router, wireless access point, etc. it went down to
The residual 270 watts seems reasonably accounted for
by the load of one running PC and idling power of all
the various household electronic doodads like the
cordless telephone, stereos, alarm clocks, alarm
My fridge (apparently about 300 watts) is about a
20-year-old Sub-Zero with one old and tired compressor
(and one new compressor, which cost $$$$). Sub-Zero
claims that their new models use less than 100 watts,
but they are so unbelievably overpriced that it would
take many years for the electricity savings to pay
--- Pat Horne <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 800 Watts sounds excessive to me. The main users of
> power are electric
> water heaters and refrigerators. Does the fan run
> continuously on your
> frig? I have about a 10 year old Sub Zero that runs
> its fan
> continuously. I looked at the wiring diagram and
> that is how it is
> designed. Another thing you might try to see where
> the extra load is
> going is to turn off some of the circuit breakers to
> major appliances to
> see if that drops your usage.
> If you have surge protectors you might have a
> defective one. They should
> not get warm in normal operation, so check them out,
> especially whole
> house protectors.
> Good luck with your search.
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