Electric for pond pump costs?

orcuttnyc(z5-6 NY)June 1, 2006

Do pond pumps use a lot of electricity? I just purchased one to use in a seventy gallon pond. I look at the beauty of the experience. My wife of course wants to know how much it will cost to run.

I know i'll find out soon enough, when I receive my monthly electric bill, but...anyone want to chime in with guestimets?

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Depends on the pump and your local rates. It should tell you the watts per hour somewhere on the pump. Look on an old bill and find out the KW/hour rate. usually anywhere from $0.08 up to $0.20 per KW hour depending on your area and useage.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 4:15PM
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Good question orcuttnyc. I have been researching this myself as I'll soon be installing a solar PV system to generate all our household electricity. This is an expensive exercise so reducing our electricity consumption has become a priority.

It pays to shop around because wattage varies widely amongst pumps of similar pumping capacity and head. I was looking for a submersible pump that would turnover around 3000GPH at a 1m head. I found that between different makes and models power consumption varied from 100 to over 1000 watts! Where I live that translates to annual running costs of approx $100 - $1000 per year (assuming you run the pump 24/7).

I found that amongst submersible pumps, European models such as Oase and Laguna tended to have the lowest running costs.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2007 at 10:41PM
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