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I don't know about the US but where I live in Canada the first 600 kwhs are 8c per kwh, anything over that is 12c per kwh.

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Sale of incandescent bulbs was banned a few years back in Oz for normal fittings, though I still see them around for floodlights, candle lights and special stuff. Standard power is 240 volt as , except for W A, the state grids are interconnected.

The bayonet style fittings (like 1157) were the standard, but with the cooler led and cfl types, the screw fittings are becoming more common. My house has a mix of both, meaning if something blows, I never have one of the right fitting spare, but heaps of the other.
Power costs in Queensland are 28c per kwh. How does that compare with the US rates? My bill was $100 per month before I installed solar which halved that cost.
Mine is about $0.12 per KW when you add in the extra charges & taxes, $.07 before all that.

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I believe 90% of the homes i saw around Adelaide had solar panels, and you would always see tv commercials about a package deal if i think, 6 panels or so plus the inverter.

Here in Alaska most people go straight to deep cycle batteries, and then invert up, or split off and use 12v dc for in house led lights. And often combine a wind generator.

But most who again who go this way are off the grid, no powerlines near them.

Thats my goal, get completely off the grid, like way early this morning at about 1:30 am, i had just got home from an evening at the Wasilla Bingo Mania, won $600, but wasn't in the house 5 minutes and we had a MAJOR earthquake!

It was about 200 miles south of me but was 7.1, felt like a 6.8, lasted about 30 seconds, but i didn't lose power, many did, some homes destroyed, 20 families evacuated due to ruptured gas lines, a road destroyed. But all looks good here.

So....a valid argument to not just go led but go led on a dedicated low voltage wiring in the house, same as an rv, just use rv light fixtures and deep cycle batteries and a battery tender. We all know how to wire 12 volt leds by now. Make our own yard spotlights.


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I don't know about the US but where I live in Canada the first 600 kwhs are 8c per kwh, anything over that is 12c per kwh.


I have not checked mine but two years ago with all of the fees and levies they have on the bill divided by actual consumption it worked out to 23c per KW.

In a Northern climate such as ours it makes no sense to ban incandescent bulbs when you are heating the house anyway.


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I have not checked mine but two years ago with all of the fees and levies they have on the bill divided by actual consumption it worked out to 23c per KW.

In a Northern climate such as ours it makes no sense to ban incandescent bulbs when you are heating the house anyway.


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My main problem with Edison fittings is that the solder base of the bulbs flattens and loses contact, requiring adjustment to the guts of the fitting. I've assumed this was a heat thing. On the other hand, both types get stuck, a problem resolved by rubbing dry soap on the sides of the lamp base, a trick given to me by my electrician grandfather many years ago. That's saved a few incidences of cut hand when the globe shatters in your hand under stress.

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My main problem with Edison fittings is that the solder base of the bulbs flattens and loses contact, requiring adjustment to the guts of the fitting. I've assumed this was a heat thing. On the other hand, both types get stuck, a problem resolved by rubbing dry soap on the sides of the lamp base, a trick given to me by my electrician grandfather many years ago. That's saved a few incidences of cut hand when the globe shatters in your hand under stress.

I assume that Edison fittings are E26/E27 screw in base. I spray WD-40 on all of those bulbs every time I install a new one, that works for me.


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natural gas: 69.19 for our water heater and Central Heat furnace.

Electricity: 120.15 the HVAC air handler motor runs 24/7 at 8 amps/120 VAC
........ we run the air handler motor 24/7 to get rid of cold spots in the house.

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Interesting comparisons. Ours seems cheaper, but probably not the volume of energy is used here on the Tropic of Capricorn. the air con for heat or cool wouldnt run more than 10 times a year, and then for no more than 8 hours. Gas for hot water and cooking maybe $45 a month on average, phone +adsl about $92 pm, 2x mobile phones prepaid $140 per year. I had to google "air handler". Seems that is what we use our ceiling fans for.

Seems you're having adventures with the snow at the moment. Maybe next winter we'll get to New Zealand or Tasmania for our first ever look at that stuff.

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Interesting comparisons. Ours seems cheaper, but probably not the volume of energy is used here on the Tropic of Capricorn. the air con for heat or cool wouldn't run more than 10 times a year, and then for no more than 8 hours. Gas for hot water and cooking maybe $45 a month on average, phone + adsl about $92 pm, 2x mobile phones prepaid $140 per year. I had to google "air handler". Seems that is what we use our ceiling fans for.

Seems you're having adventures with the snow at the moment. Maybe next winter we'll get to New Zealand or Tasmania for our first ever look at that stuff.

here, our humidity index is in the 50% or higher bracket most of the summer months...

The thermostat is moved from 'heat' to 'cool' usually in mid April, and it stays there until mid November.... and the a/c compressor can be heard cycling ON all day long, with longer waits at night after sundown.

It usually runs for about 8 minutes and is off for about 15-20 minutes.

My ADSL used to be separate from DTV, but when AT&T bought out DTV, the whole ball of wax for "entertainment" is now on one bill... and they consider internet as entertainment..... most of the world would disagree with that thought..... I do all of my business via the internet, utilities, banking, hospital billings, etc....

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