Las Vegas 1000 gallon pond and heater???


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My ponds only 1000 gallons.

I have one 600 gallon pump and one 250 gallon pump

A have one 9 watt uv light and one 13 watt uv light

I have a 300 watt heater a 250 watt heater and a 1000 watt heater. I also have a 250 watt deicer not currently being used.

So it seems at maximum my pond set up is costing me 50-70 bucks a month to operate.

I think pre pond my bill would be 125-145 in Nivember vs the current 185.

Small enough I dont really notice

$200 I would surely notice and $750 I would cry
 
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Once this experiment is over and I see what the 1550 watts can do on a 33f degree night...

I will turn off all the heaters and only use the 250 watt deicer.

Since it rarely ever get below 33f here in vegas...

This should be very minimal on my bill.

I cant see heating a pond all year with tropicals and just praying the electricity never has a black out.

Too risky for my beloved sharks and mollies whom I'm quite fond of
 
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Also and this is important...

If you dont believe in heat err re and only have gold fish ect..

I'd get a heater anyways!!!

On a 50 degree day my water is 44 degrees or so..

Feels like ice when I go in water to change filters or clean as I love to do. I sweep with a pool broom every other day and vacuum with a low powered pool vacuum once a week.

I go completely inside every 3 weeks to clean the filters.

Being able to turn on heater the night before a filter cleaning is priceless.

No heater equals going in 40f water on a 50 f day

A heater equals going in 63 f water on a 50 f day

So for me extremely worth it.

Assuming your ponds not too massive. One day of heating shouldn't cost too much
 
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You could probably accomplish the same temps building a plastic tee pee over your pond and little to no heat
 
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For me my pond is more of art than a traditional pond.

More like a huge fountain then what many here would consider a true pond.

Just cement and rocks (although I have planted water lilly's and other aquatic species as of late.

So being that it's more of an artistic fountain for me and literally right by my house and window..

I'm talking within 6 inches of house..

I'd personally prefer heating elements than the teepee look.

Even though quite effective as you say
 
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So take it a step further for the winter months and make it out of a sliding glass door or two and simply lean them up against the house.
Or even just coving the pond on the real cold nights .
 
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That's actually an interesting thought..sliding glass doors is a brilliant idea.

Effective but keeps the modern look I desire
 
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This one I made last June I would totally build a plastic teepee over

Its 50 feet from the house more in the yard surrounded by grass.

But the owner only wants gold fish so no need
 

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omg! A high bill here is 200, I’m not sure of square footage, but it’s a 4 bed 2 1/2 bath two story house, usually have central heat and air on, but heat is propane. Normal bill runs 175ish, bad summer with additional ac running upstairs 285, I think the worst I ever saw here was 330ish. We put 300 gallons of propane in the tank every other month or so in winter, running 350-450 depending on price, but only need to add in the summer maybe twice. So I guess that balances out the electricity bill.
 
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Most houses in America are 3-5 bedrooms and around 1600 to 3000 sq ft.on average

Mine is 3 stories and 7 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms at 5000 sq feet.

If my house was a more average sized 2200 sq feet. I'm sure the electricity bill would be $100-150 a month less.

It also varies by state...

Some states charge slightly more or less kilowatts per hour than others.

But I'm primarily say it sq feet and ac.

Keeping 6000 sq feet 70 degrees with dual ACs will be much more expensive then keeping 3000 sq feet 70 degrees with a single AC.


Times like this I'm happy my pond is only 1000 gallons.

I cant imagine maintaining these 10,000 gallon ponds expense wise.

I'm going broke as it is
 

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My pond running around 13,000gph in pumps not really a noticeable difference in electric bill. My electric bill even before I installed the pond avg. around $5-600 a month on roughly a 5,000sq ft house during fall and spring. Have had it hit $800 or more in winter/summer, mainly hot summers......
 
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When I think of how bad folks have it that are part time employees, making minimum wage, renting a house, but still have to pay 300+ a month in utilities, it just hurts. I’ve heard of bills running 800 a month in town, where folks have to run ac units. I think I would rather deal with the heat than give over half my paycheck to electric bill.
 

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Have had it hit $800 or more in winter/summer
I would cry! Our bill is usually around 150, winter it really drops we have a ventless propane heater that keeps our living space nice and warm. And our huge windows do a great job at solar heat. We open doors in the winter to cool off.
 
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But I'm primarily say it sq feet and ac.
I would argue that. We had our AC unit replaced in the spring of 2019. Before doing that, we did a remodel on 80% of our house - down to the studs. My husband worked with a knowledgeable HVAC company to totally revamp the venting in our house to get it properly sized for our house, get it balanced, and whatever else they did - I stopped listening at some point, but I know it involved MATH and ENGINEERING and PRESSURES. Then they worked out the details on how big the AC unit needed to be. And to finish it all off, we re-insulated most of the house.

ANYWAY - same house, two different systems. Our old AC cost us 250-300 a month to run. The last two years (with electric prices in IL that are some of the highest in the country and just keep going up) we haven't exceeded $40 a month. So having the right venting, the correct AC unit and good insulation - no matter where you live - will definitely make a difference. In warmer climates they frequently don't insulate homes very well or at all - insulation does as much to keep the cool air in as it does to keep the cold out. Our AC unit is about 8 times bigger than our previous unit - our neighbors all laughed when they saw it going in - but it's so efficient, so quiet, and works so perfectly. And when we tell them what our electric bill is, they stop laughing.

And now - back to your regularly scheduled post!

@Killemall I'm still going with my original suggestion (and now that @GBBUDD brought it up, I feel even smarter!) to get some kind of cover going on. But you're right - that really is more fountain than pond. I'm not sure how much better your fish will fare in the hot Vegas sun to be honest.
 
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Wow!!!! Some great info here on electric bills!!!

My AC is only set to 79-81 during the summer....And cost 2900-400

For me around 80f is fine when its 110 outside

But to many they prefer a more comfortable 73f

I'm sure going from 80f to 73 f would put my bill in the 400-500 range

So I think that's yet another aspect of electricity bill we are forgetting

You should see people faces when they say they are hot in my 80 degree house and ask me to turn on ac..

Then I tell them...It already Is On lololol

Without AC my house hangs out at 95-100 degrees
 
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My AC is only set to 79-81 during the summer....And cost 300-400

Not 2900 spelling error
 
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I feel for a lot of you with such high electric bills. If I have an $80-$90 bill, that's high.
3 bedrooms, 4 baths in the Pocono Mountains of PA.
I do have oil heat. My cooking and cloths dryer are propane. So, I guess those things offset the electric useage.
 

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