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Cost of Heating Basement Tanks

8 years 3 months ago #31867 by bloonguy
Yes! It makes lots of sense.
That's what I've been doing for a couples of years now and it is much more cost effective in terms of energy use. Many people use this approach.

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8 years 3 months ago #31866 by BCParker
Question for anyone with a lot of tanks-

Would it ever make sense to forget about individual tank heaters and just heat the whole room to 82F?

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8 years 3 months ago - 7 years 3 weeks ago #31860 by ba
Replied by ba on topic Cost of Heating Basement Tanks

Kegger22 wrote: Maybe try some cool water Geos to keep your addition in check along with your power bill until you get a room set up to hold in heat


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8 years 3 months ago #31851 by MbunaRob

bloonguy wrote: You need to come for that visit sometime to see what can be done on the cheap!


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8 years 3 months ago #31778 by Kegger22
Maybe try some cool water Geos to keep your addition in check along with your power bill until you get a room set up to hold in heat

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8 years 3 months ago #31776 by keltonsports
I have all my tanks in an unfinished basement (125 x 2, 75 x1, 55 x 3, 37 x1, 30 x2). And I am in the process of shutting more down. My electric bill is above $250 a month and the house is only 1,041 sq feet. In the past when I had closer to 20 tanks, the bill jumped to $400 a month. I have realized that I need to "do stuff on the cheap" so I dont have to shut down my fish room. I do have plans to build a room in the basement and have one heater to heat the room. Until I have the money to do that, I'm stuck with high electric bills.

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8 years 3 months ago #31774 by bloonguy
There is a great "sticky" thread started by Dragonkeeper in the "Hardware Help" section that will help you with cost calculations. I'm guessing your calculations will come out around $20.
With a unfinished basement you really have a clean slate to do a lot of things. It's not as expensive as you might think. You need to come for that visit sometime to see what can be done on the cheap!

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8 years 3 months ago #31773 by MbunaRob
Anyone have any rough rule of thumb, guideline, or guestimate on how much in electricity cost it would add to my bill to run a tank heater and maintain a adequate tank temperature for, lets say 100 gallon of water in a cold basement? I'm not sure if I'm talking $1, $10, or $100 more a month?

I'm showing a winter time temperature in my basement around 58 degrees so I'm looking at 15-20+ degrees needed to be gained and maintained per tank. Would I need oversized heaters above the standard 3-5 watts per gallon rule to maintain this larger temperature discrepancy? My basement is a good size and unfinished with windows so heating the whole room would definately be too cost prohibitive at this time.

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