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Electric for pond pump costs?

Posted by orcuttnyc z5-6 NY (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 1, 06 at 20:32

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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RE: Electric for pond pump costs?

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.

RE: Electric for pond pump costs?

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.

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