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LayMeister 01-26-2009 01:48 PM

How Efficient is You Keezer/Kegerator/Lagerator
 
I picked up a Kill-a-Watt power meter for about $30 a few weeks ago and decided to see how much power my 4 Cornie Keg Keezer was using. After a few days of measurement, with the Keezer set to 36F and a 69F ambient in my basement, I found I was using 0.33 KW per day. Over the course of a year it will consume about 120 KWh for an operating cost of about $12 assuming a cost of $.10 per KWh.

How much does yours use?

Paul

conpewter 01-26-2009 06:12 PM

If I had one of those spiffy Kill-a-Watt things I'd sure tell you. I've been curious but not curious enough to buy one for $30... that's enough to make a good 10 gallon batch!

jspence1 01-26-2009 06:26 PM

my local library has them. Just pick it up like a book and return it when your done.

conpewter 01-26-2009 06:57 PM

Sweet! I'll look in to that.

chumprock 01-26-2009 07:26 PM

Hey look! Another reason to use my Kill-a-watt!

I'll have to investigate, but the yellow efficiency tag said something around $12/yr, I'd imagine it would be slightly less with a controller on there and a higher than freezing temp.

LayMeister 01-27-2009 03:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by conpewter (Post 1091860)
If I had one of those spiffy Kill-a-Watt things I'd sure tell you. I've been curious but not curious enough to buy one for $30... that's enough to make a good 10 gallon batch!

... or run my keezer for 2 years. :(

Paul

captainjay 02-08-2009 11:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LayMeister (Post 1093104)
... or run my keezer for 2 years. :(

The Kill-a-watt is a useful educational tool for you to learn about what it costs to run your home... If you used it throughout your house, you'd be surprised how much it costs you to leave things like cordless phones, televisions, etc. plugged in, even when they're "off." Probably enough to make a few more batches!

I am very interested in this for any cooling devices, since their efficiency really varies, especially when you're modifying it from its original use, like we are.

Jay

LayMeister 02-08-2009 02:09 PM

I actually thought about pulling the collar off for a few days to see how much of an impact it had.

Paul

Quote:

Originally Posted by captainjay (Post 1120157)
The Kill-a-watt is a useful educational tool for you to learn about what it costs to run your home... If you used it throughout your house, you'd be surprised how much it costs you to leave things like cordless phones, televisions, etc. plugged in, even when they're "off." Probably enough to make a few more batches!

I am very interested in this for any cooling devices, since their efficiency really varies, especially when you're modifying it from its original use, like we are.

Jay



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