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Is a fan on the heater(fire) a big pull on the electricity.
My "Miser Meany" DH thinks it is.

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#1 Copper and May

Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:10 AM

I know that clothes dryers, washing machines and ovens are a big drain on the electricity, but we have a little fan on the slow combustion wood heater and I am trying to find out how much an hour it would take to run this fan.

Surely, it would only be about 15 cents an hour, but does anyone know? unsure.gif

#2 PurpleNess

Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:13 AM

Yep :-) Well it was on our heater but they are useless with out it on. We had an older style gas grill type heater.
Compromise & pop it on low

#3 Copper and May

Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:15 AM

So PurpleNess - are fans only about 15 cents an hour or less?

#4 BadCat

Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:29 AM

Duck down to Bunnings and get one of these. They don't cost much and you can check all your appliances to see where to money goes.  I was appalled to find out how much power our washing machine sucks up while it's sitting there doing nothing.

#5 Copper and May

Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:48 AM

So, how is it used? Do you plug it into a power point while the fan is running and then take it out to compare?

#6 morgansacre

Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:56 AM

The fans on the wood heaters do not use up a lot of electricity, its like running a pedestal or desk fan. They don't create the heat so they don't cost much to run.

I'd say the cost would be similar to running a light bulb, same as the ceiling fans.


#7 BadCat

Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:13 PM

You just plug it into the powerpoint, plug the appliance in to the gadget and it will tell you what it costs to run.

#8 nzmum

Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:40 PM

Have a look on the appliance and see how many kWh it is, then look at your electricity bill for how much you are charged per kWh and you'll have your answer.

#9 protart roflcoptor

Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:42 PM

No help, other than to say I had a giggle at 'miser meany'...ah, childhood memories, and his sidekick Fester Fumble. And Mrs Flowerpots, and Clown. No good panto shows on ABC anymore, not like that anyway!

#10 Copper and May

Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:47 PM

Oh, and wasn't there Percy Panda and his girlfriend, whose name escapes me?

#11 protart roflcoptor

Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:51 PM


#12 Copper and May

Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:51 PM

QUOTE (BadCat @ 05/12/2012, 01:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You just plug it into the powerpoint, plug the appliance in to the gadget and it will tell you what it costs to run.

I can't plug the fan into the gadget, as it is only a switch on the heater(fire). Oh, just had a light bulb moment ( wwhistle.gif the fan is plugged into an electricity socket, so I could put that plug into the gadget -right?

#13 BadCat

Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:53 PM

If it plugs into a standard socket you can plug it into this little gadget.

#14 ChunkyChook

Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:55 PM

*slinks off to buy the coolest gadget ever on the way to do school pick up*

#15 TheGreenSheep

Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:02 PM

Whilst I dont know specifically how much they cost to run, they add bugger all to your bill. Our wood fire heater is useless without it on, the heat would barely get beyond the box without the fan to push the hot air out.

#16 CallMeFeral

Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:31 PM

Normally fans are negligible in cost compared to heating devices? And increase the efficiency probably more than enough to offset it... but that bit is a guess...

#17 protart roflcoptor

Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:35 PM

Yes, it was Adventure Island.

#18 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:44 PM

Our local library loans out the electricity meter gadget doohickey things, doesn't cost anything. You just borrow them for a couple of days and then hand them back when you're done going ohmy.gif about how much power stuff that's off uses.

#19 Copper and May

Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:49 PM

Thanks everyone. I have ordered one from Ebay, as we are 7kms from Bunnings, so this will be checking out all the negligible things that don't matter, just to convince Miser Meany. Thanks also for all the memories about Adventure Island and John Michael Howson wrote the show and played Clown. cclap.gif

#20 solongsuckers

Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:51 PM

I imagine they would use no more power than a pedestal fan. Our pedestal fan is 50w.

At 25c per kWh that works out to be about 1 cent per hour.

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