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Old 01-21-2006, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Block heater eletric usage

How much electric does the block heater use. my electric bill was high and I haven't used any thing that uses a lot of electric for a while but my use age is still way up. I know heating elements use a lot of power. but this seams rediculous
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I'm not sure but isn't the block heater a 1500W element? That would be about 10A of electricity. Keep it plugged in overnight (repeatedly) and I can see where your bill would feel it.
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Re: Block heater eletric usage

I'll probably get a timer then
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If I remember right, its 1000 W and aprox. 9 AMPS. Leaving it plugged in for 10 Hrs every day could raise your electric bill 20 to $30 every month, depending on where you live. Use a timer set for 3 Hrs prior to planned useage. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Block heater eletric usage

I've started mine at any temperature above 5 or 10 degrees F. Cycled the key for a lot of extra glowplug, and it shakes, smokes, and stinks for 5 minutes. But it always starts.

I don't have a regular schedule so heating my block every cold night would be a waste.

NY is a lot warmer than it used to be, but I can't imagine too many Kentucky nights below zero. Save your money and don't bother with the block heater.

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I'll keep it in mind, but i like not having to scrape the windshield in the morning.
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Consider an oil heater. I bought one from WOLVERINE oil heaters.com, they are manely used up in Canada and Alaska but hey our PS are oil sensative, part of the fuel system. Since I started using mine without the block heater my truck starts even better on the 20-30 degree AM's and its only 250 watts, not much elec. usage with better results than a block heater.

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I use a timer from McMaster-Carr.
Part Number 7001K24
It was only $24.38 plus shipping.
Works great and easy to program!
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I use a timer also, WALMART- 9.99$. It handels up to 15 amp's which our block heaters are only supposed to be 8.6 amp's at 1000 watts. I have a two way connecter to hook up both the block heater and the oil heater if I feel like I need the extra heat. The oil heater does a wonderful job of making my truck fire off without any spit,stuuter,fumble,chug,and what not.. It is GREAT.

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Sounds like you are well-prepared to deal with the frozen tundra of Texas. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/warmsmile.gif[/img]
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Sounds like you are well-prepared to deal with the frozen tundra of Texas. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/warmsmile.gif[/img]

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I hope your running the winter blend down there. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Sounds like you are well-prepared to deal with the frozen tundra of Texas. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/warmsmile.gif[/img]

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I hope your running the winter blend down there. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]

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It's not cold until you have to "plug in" your batteries. I have 4 plugs coming out of my grill. OE Block heater, 2 60W battery heaters and a 150W oil pan heater. The battery pads are plugged in 24/7.
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How much electric does the block heater use.

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1,000 watts, or one KWH every hour. The cost of electricity is about 10 to 15 cents per KWH, so it costs you 10 to 15 cents every hour you have it plugged in.

So 3 hours on a timer will cost you 30 to 45 cents. But 10 hours overnight will cost you $1.00 to $1.50 per night. That difference in electricity costs will pay for a timer real soon now. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

For you folks in the Socialist Republic of Canada, it probably costs even more - unless the socialist government is subsidizing the cost of electricity. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img]
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For you folks in the Socialist Republic of Canada, it probably costs even more - unless the socialist government is subsidizing the cost of electricity. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img]

[/ QUOTE ]LOL Larry; No it is not the socialist government subsidizing our energy rates. It is youz guys. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] And we do thank you for that.

You see, in one of our capitalist moments [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img], we built several clean hydro electric generating dams. We produce far more energy than we can use and export the surplus to youz guys. Well not to Texas youz guys but the midwest and eastern seaboard types. Guess you might say we are the light of your life. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]

BTW - We pay less than .06 kwh.
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