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Need to understand my home electrical meter to see why bill is so high and/or if neighbor is on same meter

I would like to know how to understand my digital home electrical meter. This picture shows what my home meter CURRENTLY reads. I intend to unplug everything in my tiny apartment in order to get ...
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What wireless temperature monitoring systems should I look into? [closed]

I'd like to monitor and log temperature on few locations in my home. Wireless monitoring with normal consumer batteries etc would be preferable for the sensors. I have an Mac OSX server running at my ...
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Where can I get a cover for a main supply?

My house (I live in the UK) failed an electrical safety inspection because of a missing main supply cover. I have tried using google to find one to buy but can't find anything at all. Does anyone ...
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Can a private electromechanical meter be placed between the utility's meter and the main breaker?

I want to run an experiment which compares the readouts of the newer electronic smart meters against older electromechanical meters. Is there anything in the NFPA 70 or any other law or code which ...
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Half of my lights and oulets are not working after heavy winds?

We have solar panels and mains power. Last night was very windy; we heard quite a few bangs from outside and thought it might be the wires getting knocked together. Woke up this morning and we have ...
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Electric Meter Runs Backwards

The service for the site was recently upgraded from 200 amps to 400 amps service. The sub-panels were re-run from the new panel. There are now a 200 amp panel, and two 100 amp panels. I decided ...
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How do I read *instant* wattage draw from my spinning-disc electric meter?

I have the old school electric meter with the (far too rapidly) spinning disc. I already know how to read five little clock faces for cumulative KWH. I want to know the instantaneous kilowatts my ...
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Would an old bad main meter panel wear out a newer panel and breakers in house?

lights flickering,temporary power loss last few weeks. Scheduled main meter panel upgrade in a few days. This am half of house lost power w/o breakers tripping? Can the old meter panel wear out the ...
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Electrical design for a house with an ADU, solar, and backup generator

I recently moved into a fixer-upper house, and have some questions about how to go about (re)designing the electrical system in a way that meets my somewhat unique timeline and site requirements. ...
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How can I determine if my neighbor is hooked into my meter?

I have several reasons to believe somebody is stealing my power. I decided to flip all the breakers... and behold my next door neighbor's exterior garage light turns off then comes back on but ...
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How do I read the usage information my electrical meter sends to my power company?

I would like to keep an eye on what information my power meter sends to my electric company. Is there a way to use, for example, powerline networking to read what usage statistics the power meter ...
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One meter (200A service) feeding two main electric panels 100A ea, is it legal?

In preparation for a grid tied PV solar installation, we noticed that we have two breaker panels 100A ea fed by one meter. See picture. In the past the house was two units two meters, but it was rehab ...
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Thinking about replacing old fuse box. Looking for advice

In my detached workshop/garage, I have an old fuse panel servicing that building only. I am thinking about switching it out with a new small breaker panel. I have been reading everything I can find ...
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What are some computer interfacing electric energy meters on the market?

Does computer interfacing electric energy meters exist? With possibilities to get/log current power usage and monthly used kilowatt hours. With ethernet/rs232 etc interface. I am looking for this for ...
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What are some tips for deep cycle battery maintenance for an offgrid solar system?

I have an off grid solar system, with an 240AH 24v deep cycle battery, and the system (and all of the components in it) is a year and a half old. i have several questions and i hope that some one ...
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What options exist when utility wire is too short to reach the meter?

Doing a meter box upgrade, underground service in 2" EMT entering bottom of box. My new meter box has about 12" distance from bottom case to lugs, which is about 3" longer than the old. ...
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What causes the chirping sound coming from my 250 natural gas meter?

When gas is flowing through the meter, I hear a steady, slow chirping sound (perhaps a chirp every 5 to 10 seconds). Is this an indication that the meter (35 years old) is coming to the end of its ...
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How can a "class 320" service legaly/safely supply two 200 amp panels?

I have a "class 320" service with a single 320A meter that feeds two 200A main panels in parallel. USA, Evergy (formerly KCPL), Built 2014 How can a 320A service safely supply 400A of downstream ...
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Openings in 3 phase distribution box cover?

I live in rural Indiana. I have a standalone woodshop. Since I have 3 phase equipment, I installed a converter and use a 3 phase distribution box to send power to each machine via a dedicated fused ...
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what size ground wire should i buy?

I am trying to connect my house to the current meter pole that is 300 feet away I am going to buy 250kcmil for the load conductors. I know that I can save some money by buying a smaller size ground ...
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Wiring electrical outlets from a single outlet

I'm building an entertainment center unit, and on the unit I want to embed wall outlets into it so I can plug things like my receiver, NAS, consoles etc in a clean method. I thought the entertainment ...
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What is the correct way to read a gas meter?

I just moved into a new house, and I'm afraid my systems (furnace, hot water heater, and stove top) are using a ton of gas. I have two photos of the gas meter. I'm pretty sure how to read them, but I ...
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Why would I have i lost one leg on 240 after maintenance guy changed 100 amp disconnect at the meter

I was having trouble with my lights flickering, then the power went out totally. I checked the main breaker inside, and it was not tripped so I went out to the disconnect at the meter and found that ...
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Should Neutral and Earth be bonded at the meter instead of in the main panel(s) with tandem 200A main panels

In my 2014-built United States mainland home, I have two side-by-side 200A panels. They both have a 200A main breaker. One really neat thing this let me do is have two lighting circuits in the ...
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Is it a good idea to insulate exterior steel gas pipes?

A neighbor put rubber foam insulation on the exposed length of steel pipe from the meter into the house . Is this a good idea ?
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Electric Meter jumpers

I had an electrician come out to install a sub-meter. The city has not sent me a meter box, not sure why this was done out of order, so the electrician could not actually finish the line. This meter ...
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What kind of paint should be used to protect gas meter?

During our home inspection, the inspector mentioned that the gas meter wasn't painted and could be subject to rusting later but he didn't elaborate on what paint to use. Anyone have suggestions here? ...
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Consolidating two electricity meters?

Today, we got the keys to our new house. I was taking meter readings, when I spotted a note directing me to a second meter. This is located at the other end of the house, in it's own cupboard, with it'...
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What type of outdoor breaker/disconnect for two buildings?

I am going to be building a larger garage. I am looking to put a 200amp service in the building. I had the power company come out and check my feeder lines and confirm that I had sufficient service ...
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Venting by gas meter

We're looking at installing a natural gas tankless water heater, but the vent option with it (that would be easiest to install through our solid poured walls) would come out about a foot away from the ...
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Is service entrance cable rated for outdoor use without rigid conduit?

I need to replace the service line for 200A service and the current line is just fastened to the exterior wall with straps. It does terminate at a service head but the rest is unprotected, including ...
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What is required to raise my electric meter? [closed]

I’m planning to do a 150 amp to 200 amp panel upgrade. The outside meter is underground fed, and is also about 30” on center above grade. Install was 1972 I’m hearing that the meter be deemed too low....
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What happens if CT ratio entered wrong in 3phase meter

I have HT connection with PREMIER 300 - SECURE METER, CT operated at 5:2.5. But in the meter, the ratio is showing 1 instead of 0.5. My question is whether the ratio matters or not.
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Is there a missing ground wire in my pedestal service circuit?

I just had a electrical inspection stated 2 hot 1 neutral and one ground needed. I thought all of that was there. Here are the inspection forms. I have no clue what is wrong or what is correct.
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I am converting an existing fuse panel to a junction box. How do I connect to the new service panel?

This is a tri-plex in central washington with outdoor fuse panels where I plan to use a multi meter pack and install outdoor 125 amp panels. I found another post titled "How do I convert a ...
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Combo panel upgrade: meter questions

I would like to update my main electrical panel from 12/24 space-circuits to 30+ I currently have an EATON BR 125-amp with 4-jaw ring meter socket (MBE1224B125BTS) which is inside the attached garage ...
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Testing a furnace transfer switch, watt meter shows extremely low usage

I just installed a Reliance furnace transfer switch model TF151W to my main circuit panel. I tried to test it by running an extension cord from another outlet to the transfer switch. I put the P3 ...
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Can I connect an indoor water meter to water heater with PEX?

So I have a water meter in our basement, connected to the city line via copper (it's also our electrical ground). From the meter is decades-old galvanized leading to a leaky shutoff (which I plan to ...
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What is round box near water meter

What is round box near my water meter? I'm trying to increase the water pressure to my house, which was built in 2019. I know that the water pressure is lowered to my house and sometimes there's a ...
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Can I wire a 200amp auto transfer switch from one metered service to two 100amp panels?

I have one metered service feeding two 100 amp panels separately one to the house then one to the garage. Can I install a 22kw generator and use one transfer switch for both 100 amp panels?
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Wiring meter to plug on neutral circuit breaker

I am adding a new service to my pole barn. Plan to have 200 amp service. Bought a square d plug on neutral breaker box. Using 4/0 4/0 4/0 2/0 service entrance cable (aluminum). I know where to place ...
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What could cause unexpected high water usage?

An apartment water meter has been running high for the last three months for no apparent reason. It's now about 3,000 gallons higher than normal. The meter registers slow continuous usage - even ...
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How can I meter power usage by an on-demand electric hot water heater?

I am installing a radiant heat system alongside a rocket mass heater. I want to compare the cost of operating each. For the radiant heat system, an on-demand electric hot water heater is being used. ...
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Do they make AC power meters that measures average, min and max watts used? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a wall outlet power meter that I can interface with from a computer? Is anyone familiar with an AC power meter that I can get the min, max and average watts used ...
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electric meter move advice

I am carrying out some major driveway works soon, but would like advice on what to do with the electric meter. The mains supply runs in the front of the property, goes into a garage there where the ...
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Service 200A, 220V into a 4 apt bldg. 1 apt only has 120. Voltmeter reads 220 across 2legs into meter, but out of the meter it is 120. what's wrong? [closed]

Power to the Utility meter has two legs 120V each, but as it comes out of the meter into the panel only one leg has 120 the other one is zero. where is the problem here?
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What do the flashing rates on an Elster REX2 electric meter signify?

Our electric service (USA) is metered with an Elster REX2 digital smart meter. There is a main display area that cycles through some lines of information, most importantly the total energy used. Below ...
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Can I paint the exterior of a meter socket?

My meter socket is on the front of my house in a prominent grey color against my home's tan brick exterior. While it certainly makes a bold statement to the world that I am not part of an Amish ...
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How can I determine what size main water meter is required?

The main water pipe into our house is only a 1" ID pipe, but the city decided to install a 2" water meter for us, which has a significantly higher monthly service charge than a 1" meter (over $1000 ...
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Replacing MC panel with separate meter and service panel

I have a Siemens MC30 meter combo panel. I need to separate the meter from the service panel to allow a whole house generator transfer switch between the two. The only way I know to attack this is to ...
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