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    Are espresso machines energy hogs?

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    Ive just got my power bill and its gone up to almost double.

    The only things that have changed since the last bill is the aquisition of a Bezzera 99 espresso machine and a new computer. Are espresso machines known energy hogs? Can and energy bill go from $250 to $450 because of a coffee machine?I have tended to leave the machine on most of the day if Im home (I work from home).

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    Re: Are espresso machines energy hogs?

    Thats far to big a hike for just an espresso machine and computer to account for. My 2 group Cimbali running 24/7 uses only about $25/mth (in an avg ambient room temp of 15C). An avg desktop computer runs perhaps $10/mth.


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    Re: Are espresso machines energy hogs?

    Depends on whether or not you re running your PC 24/7 and if the power saving features are enabled on it.

    Working on a figure of 12.8c per kwH a 100W device will cost 30.72c a day to run (0.1*24*12.8) if it is left on all day.
    Thats equates to 921.6c a month (assuming a 30 day month).

    A modern computer with a powerful graphics card will easily draw 300w so that will account for about $30 per month or $150 a quarter which most electricity bills are billed in.

    So it could very well be your PC if you are leaving it on all day - if you are not then just ignore my post :-)

    Note you could do a crude estimate of your coffee machine based on my calculations above.

    If it is on all the time does it have a light to indicate that the heater is on? If so look at the specs of the heater (probably be something like 1000W to 2000W and over an hour period time how long the heater stays on for. Extrapolate this to number of hours a day and then replace the "24" with this number and the "0.1" with the Kw wattage (ie 1.5Kw replace it with 1.5)


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    Re: Are espresso machines energy hogs?

    Hi timblaq and welcome to CoffeeSnobs.

    Ive also added a two group La Cimbali (4000 Watt) which is on 24/7.... and whilst it has added maybe $30 a month to the bill..... that would only be $120 a quarter (if your provider bills you that way)..... We pay a bit more for that electricity stuff than Java would in the US ;).

    And Id expect your machine to use less than mine.

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    Re: Are espresso machines energy hogs?

    Hey timblaq, do you have a plasma tv? Just caught this on the net:

    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/technology/plasma-tvs-facing-ban/2007/10/09/1191695943720.html

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    Re: Are espresso machines energy hogs?

    If thats a $200 increase for a single month theres only a few things that could be demanding that kind of power. Electric heat, or Air Conditioning. $200 worth of electricity at 12.8 cents/kwh works out to a device that draws just under 2.2kw being left on 24/7. Not many devices are capable of sucking up that kind of juice.


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    Re: Are espresso machines energy hogs?

    My latest quarterly electricity bill is up from $450 to $650 but that would be the new ducted airconditioning use over winter.

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    Re: Are espresso machines energy hogs?

    Havent noticed any major difference in my bills since Silvia arrived and home roating with 2000w heatgun etc..................................

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    Our power bill went down compared to last winter. Its still owchy yucky though.



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