Using a timer on EHU at home (1 Viewer)

Oct 12, 2012
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I normally leave our 2011 Autosleeper Symbol on permanent hook-up when we’re at home. (I did get advice from Autosleeper after a flat vehicle battery during one Winter and was advised that we had ‘smart charging’ and 24/7 hookup would be fine)
With rocketing prices on electric I’m wondering if using a timer to bring the power on from time to time might be a better idea.
Would doing this make any significant difference to usage?
Would it be worth doing or better to leave EHU on 24/7 during the Winter months.
Thanks for any advice.
 
Jun 29, 2015
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I keep mine on 24 hours, I don't think a smart charger uses much power once the battery is fully charged. I did have a charger fail on my motorcycle and cook the battery, I have that on a WiFi plug now just 6 hours a week.
 
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Jun 16, 2014
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This has been discussed on another thread.
I use a Zigbee plug controlled by my Alexa to charge the vehicle battery via a smart charger (Lidl) for one hour a day over winter with the covers on the moho. The leisure batteries are removed and charged in the garage,, easily checked for voltage and charged probably once every 3 weeks for a few hours. (y)
 
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Feb 9, 2008
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I have solar but as we are so far north it's not enough, EHU 24/7 from about the end of October.

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Feb 24, 2013
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I have become very keen on consumption in our house, we have a plug in timer to bring on a lit electric log burner , just for effect in a corner

Only fitted with a 3W LED bulb so very little cost, until I found the timer takes 18W all the time 😳

You could use all your saving running the timer 🤔👍

Edit - The light stays off now, timer unplugged
 
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Jun 16, 2014
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Just asked my mate google: How much energy do my zigbee plugs take ?
Answer below

about 0.3-0.6 Watts

However, if you have a smart plug that connects via Wi-Fi, it's likely to only ever use about 1 to 2 Watts at the absolute most each day. If your smart plug connects via the ZigBee or Z-Wave standards, expect it to use even less. The average consumption is about 0.3-0.6 Watts.


Per Day
so not sure what plugs you are using DavidG58
 
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Feb 24, 2013
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so not sure what plugs you are using @DavidG58

Old fashioned timers with dials and no display

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So then I thought I should redo test

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Turns out I was right and wrong

The light was on :whistle2:

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And there are two bulbs not one 🙄

But only 5W each so don’t understand the 17W consumption, but we might be working close the monitor limits

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Apologies for the thread deviation 😁
 
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