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Comparing Watts/Price over 30 days/Electrical Bill

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November 29, 2012 5:20:06 PM

I'm trying to gauge how accurate this Belkin monitoring device is. Right now I'm registering about 315 watts. If I switch to "$ over 30 day" mode, it says, $7.91, and 365 days at $96.30. Now I'm just wanting to see how accurate that is based on my most recent electrical bill. I live in Santa Maria, California 93458.

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So basically again, how accurate is this Belkin device in relation to a real electrical bill, and is it within the realm of reasonable / realistic, or is it way off? I just hope to come out of this forum thread smarter and better able to understand the damned thing, lol. Thanks.

Yes, I have a dark Jedi in my home. His ship is currently at Pep Boys getting new brake pads.
November 29, 2012 6:42:40 PM

I'm not sure that the belkin unit will be able to accurately calculate the price in your area. You are paying several different rates, and I think the belkin unit is only capable of using one rate for the cost.
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November 29, 2012 6:48:10 PM

I guess then I need to figure out what rate the Belkin is using, and if its anywhere close to the rates I'm paying. I are still clueless ;) 
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November 29, 2012 10:42:39 PM

Well at least we know that you know how to read. Enjoy the users manual... <evil grin>
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November 29, 2012 11:19:20 PM

Well... comprehension is kinda choppy... it looks like the 315 watts could range from $8 a month at the lowest rate, to $23 a month at the highest rate. I have more investigating to figure out where the other $50 of the $70ish total amount above last month's billing period.

I should have just made my own notes in notepad. :p 
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November 30, 2012 12:19:39 PM

Tell me if I'm wrong, but I think if you assume 315W you could multiply it by 24 hours(a day) multiplied by 30(month), and you end up with about 227,000WH(227Kwh). I think this number is closer to what you're seeing in your bill.

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November 30, 2012 1:13:44 PM

The unit is reasonably accurate in power measurements but cost you need to calculate manually.
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December 4, 2012 3:24:56 PM

I totally suck at math etc. I wouldn't even begin to understand. Notice the quote under my profile pic.
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December 4, 2012 11:20:43 PM

Dont forget to measure the power usage of your monitor(s) and speakers and factor those into your bill.
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