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Forum topic by Rick Dennington posted 03-11-2011 05:49 PM 1410 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Dennington

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03-11-2011 05:49 PM

Greetings all,

After reading the question I asked, I think it really depends on how much time you spend in your shop. I know that I spend more time in mine in the fall and winter, cause I’m pretty busy in the spring and summer (like a lot of you) fishing, yardwork, etc. So less time in there means more money saved… Example: 2 years ago I had full knee replacements on both knees, so it was about 6 months I hardly ever went into the shop.

By never even turning on the lights, or running any power tools, mine was about $18-20 then. Our electric company here where I live has a ‘handling price” of about that much…, if you ask me…..I know that some months it’s going to be cheaper or higher, depending on your use, like I said…Example #2: Last 3 months (Dec.- Feb.) it averaged about $112.00 a month, cause I was busy building projects for people.
I have a stand-alone shop that’s on its on meter, seperate from the house, so it’s easy for me to know the cost. Like I said, it all depends on how much you’re in your shop as to cost…...Just curious about the cost in your neck of the woods….states or in other countries (if you’re an LJ that lives across the pond).... So come on, get those answers in, and let’s do a comparison test…..Sorry… don’t get a prize for the best answer.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 05:54 PM

When I lived in Knoxville, TN, my costs seemed horrendous, $300+/month for a single guy with a garage shop. Here in WV, I’m happily surprised by a $100 or less bill. I run electric heat, so I know I’m burning through wattage.

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 05:58 PM

Thanks Al, I know…..I lived in Memphis, Tn. for 20 years, and it was way higher than here in Arkansas.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 06:13 PM

I’m in Central Texas and mine run about $50 a month during the winter(gas heat), and about $120(max) in the summer, when the a/c is running. My shop is a 24×24 and well insulated. I work in it 5 days a week, 6-7 hours a day.

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 06:13 PM

My cost in the winter with one small heater(1500W) is about $45.00 a month. Without the heater on, its around 25to30 a month.

-- Richard

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 09:07 PM

My cost for electricity was about the same winter or summer.
I used wood and propane for heat, (propane for additional heat when I was spraying finish – i.e. “makeup heater”).
Average cost working 5 to 6 days a week, 6 to 10 hrs a day ran me about $100.00 a month for lighting and power for tools. Heating costs are harder to figure because a lot of the wood was scrap from the shop and firewood I harvested myself.
I doubt I could have afforded electricity to heat my shop (28×60) even though it was fairly well insulated.

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 09:37 PM

For about last 2 years my electric jumped up from about 125 to over 300 a month. I called the electric company and they sent out a energy specialist on 3 separate occasions. They tried to tell me it was the shop but recently they offered a website to let you see how much your consuming daily or monthly. Some of the high peek days were when I was out of town or not in the shop. I asked them numerous times if it could be the meter and replied NO…there a simple mechanical device and nothing can go wrong. Well I dont know what happened but lately my electric has been back down around 150. go figure.

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 09:42 PM

My shop isn’t metered separately, so I can’t really tell. It’s also heated and cooled on the same system as the house (i.e. it’s costing me whether I use it or not), so the only incremental cost of using the shop is what the machines use, and that can’t be much.

-- Joe

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#8 posted 03-11-2011 10:13 PM

Depends a lot on location. Pacifc Northwest has cheap hydro power. Privitazion and deregulation was stopped before the crooks were able to screw us too bad. Snohomish PUD was able to get out of their illegal Enron scams. Even so, Seattle City Light provides some of the cheapest power in the nation and those of us on Puget Sound Energy pay significatly higher rates. City Light is a PUD and Puget is a for profit company. Comparing notes from around the country or world may be interesting, but of little value for amount of power used.

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#9 posted 03-11-2011 11:20 PM

Running large industrial woodworking equipment (most of it 220vac) for 8 to 10 hours a day 6 days a week, my electric bill runs averages about $100 per month. In the winter it is a little higher because my 100amp electric boiler is running the radiant floor heating system.

But, in Pend Oreille County Washington State we have the lowest per kilowatt hour cost in the entire country, so it’s not fair to compare our rates with other locations in the country. Our power is 100% hydroelectric and the county owns the dam.

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#10 posted 03-12-2011 01:20 AM

Thanks guys for the responses….sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner…..I had to go to town to pay my electric bill……Not really, but did have to go to town. The little town I live in has a population of 763, and the electric co. “sticks it” to us, cause we’re rural. The biggest town from me is 12 miles, so we get our electric from them….. We belong to a Co-Op, but I see no reason for that…We get no $$$ back in returns—-only points to show you belong to it…..just a bunch of crap.

ScottN: Sometning there sounds fishy to me. Something happened to make them change their minds…Being a mechanical device (the meter), that means that something CAN go wrong…!!!

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#11 posted 03-12-2011 02:01 AM

Rick, KWH meters are relatively cheap compared to what they were before the magic of miniture semiconductors. That would be teh way to check them.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 03-14-2011 11:36 AM

Hey Dennington, that sounds like a challenge to those across the pond, shame about the lack of prize money on best answer so you’ll just get the stock reply without wit or sarcasm lol.

Difficult to say for me as I have had the shop less than a year and haven’t had it running as a proper shop as yet. When I saw your monthly electric bill I almost had a coronary, still serves you right for having the luxury of that airliner hanger lol.

The price of all fuels have rocketed in the past year in the UK. Being a born cynic, I feel they (utilities companies) have jumped on the bandwagon and raised their prices because of the troubles in the Middle East and the problems suffered by Russia (we get a lot of gas from Russia, even though we produce our own, mostly by me, never in the house though, the good lady has rules you know lol).

We pay our bills quarterly which are due out about now so I will have a better understanding of how much my hobby is costing me when I can compare the difference from last year. It usually works out about £35 a month for electric for the whole house. This is because I insist on turning the lights out after 6pm and using candles (one between two). I tell em if they are cold, put your jacket on and do some exercise ( I think about their health too) There is too much rubbish on TV nowadays so that can be turned off as well lol.

In all seriousness the electric companies have recorded record profits over the past year (strange that when they almost double their standard rates) so it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise we are being held to ransom by utility companies.

We may in comparison have it cheaper for our electric than you guys in the states but think about this. Our petrol (gasoline) prices have just gone up, again. We are now paying £6 for a gallon. On current exchange rates, if you guys came to the UK on vaction it would cost $9 USD for a gallon, figure that one out. Which leads me to ask. How much do you pay for gasoline in the States guys!

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#13 posted 03-14-2011 08:52 PM

Hiya David,

Thanks for the feedback on the prices you folks have to sustain in England…..That’s amazing…..

Right now our gasoline has gone up, too. I filled up my suburban a couple of days ago, and it was close to $80.00. Gas prises here where I live are at $3.60 a gallon.. The downside to my hometown is that we have no natural gas...Everything runs on electric. Some folks around have propane tanks, along with electric for a back-up. In the winter months, my electric for both house and shop estimates about $320.00 a month. That’s what I get for building an aircraft hanger for a shop….lol. I’m like you…when you leave the room, turn off the lights, and anything not being used…. I fuss at my wife all the time about leaving lights and such on….When I’m not in my shop, everything is turned off. I guess everything is differnt , but the same for our countries…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#14 posted 03-14-2011 09:03 PM

I spend less than 15 hrs/wk in my shop, and the impact on my electric bill has been less than $50.00 during the peak of summer heat with the A/C going full blast.

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#15 posted 03-14-2011 09:36 PM

I’ve always had dreams of going partially off the grid, supplementing my power with solar/wind. In my case, it’s more as a jab back at the energy company than a bona fide interest in the environment. Do I at least get points for being honest?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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