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How much electricity Can i use without drawing suspicion
Hey guys, I am starting a grow now, I have like 400-500 clones going. I am veg em alittle more and double the clone amount. Anywho, after running some numbers my initial estimate of 12 1000w hps systems soil grow etc just is going to yield what i want in the perpetual harvest. I want to go up to about 21- 24 1000w hps systems. That would put my bill at about 460 bucks a months. Do you think that would draw suspicion. I am trying not to get caught. But if i do penalties are that bad. My last house with three roomates, big screen tvs and such electric was about 300 - 325. If i pay my electric bill do you think, ill get hasseled. Most of the grow will be in the basement. I wont be having a tv or anything on ever, just maybe the light in the room im in on to read or something. Can i pull it off. WOuld it be wise to call electric company and tell them that I am switching to electric heat and ask them blah blah blah how much its gonna raise my bill and so on just curious. How to do it how to do it. Or am i gonna have to get a another grow house .err
Last edited by couvan57; 01-27-2010 at 06:17 PM.
Pay your bill on time and it won't matter how much power you are using
The more power you use the more money you give to the electric company, why would they want to mess that up
You won't draw any suspicion unless you stop paying the bill on time
If you have INSANE spikes in power usage, some companies will raise an eyebrow to you, but as long as you pay them every month you will be fine as wine. Just don't start off using 400 watts and then go to 10000 in a month. That's grounds for suspicion.
The electric company will not care as long as you pay your bill. But that sounds like a big grow op, you got your work cut out for you!
Its all good. How much good can you stand?
As stated, pay your bills and the electric company will be happy, and so will you. Don't even think of tampering with the meter to reduce your bill, unless you really like jail/prison.
okay ill help u out
give me some more info about where ur at location wise
so far it seems to me like u will FOR SURE raise suspicion. I had a 10 lighter and hydro was knocking at my door with a police officer behind them within 6 months. Then again i live in vancouver and a lot of municipalities here have the 48-hour hydro inspection if the bill amount is high and suspicious. I know other places dont have this and you can run up to twleve lights AS LONG AS YOU DONT USE ANYTHING ELSE IN YOUR HOUSE and you can be okay. The thing here is usually if you pay ur bills u will be fine, BUT - and its a big BUT, JUST ONE OTHER FACTOR IE NEIGHBORS SUSPICION or Surveilance catching something or whatever + a high hydro bill = warrant. Im not an advocate for stealing power either but if u say u want to run 24 1000watts u better figure something else out, theres no way you'll get away with that. Find a license and get medical IMO then u can run 100 lights :P
Lets just say short term memory is not my Forte
I would invest in a huge greenhouse instead of thousands of thousands of dollars on indoor grow equipment that is hard to maintain and can raise suspicion.
...dude, just pay your electric bill. DO NOT TRY TO STEAL YOUR ELECTRIC GUYS! This is probably the #1 way people get caught....just pay your bill on time. I don't think the electric company has any problem with bank'n off of your corp as much as yourself....LOL
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I completely disagree with everyone who says 'just pay your bill and nothing will happen.'
I pay my bill every month on time, and we went from 3 1000w hps and 2 400w mh,(about $550) to 5 1000w hps (about $700) and within a month I had the electric company come, turn off my power for 1-2 minutes while they switched my meter box out to replace it with a new one. Then the same guy came out 3 times a week for 2 weeks to check the meter and make sure the same consumption was going on. (Electricity company told me all of this)
When I called the electric company to see what was going on, why there was always someone comin by and why I hadnt received a notice or anything, they said that when my meter reached about 113 kw / day (I believe that was the number) it sent out a red flag to the company saying too much energy was being taken in, and to check the meter to see if something was wrong with it. I told the guy I had 4 other roommates and that at any given time someone was always home using something. He then informed me that for the energy we were using, it would have to be a family of 10, all of them never leaving the house, for that much energy to be used.
I immediately went back to 3 1000w (fucked myself btw) and went 16/8 in my mother/veg room. I havent seen him since then, but then again I havent called, and I only saw him the one time when he turned my power off and I damn near had a heart attack right on the spot.
So.... bullshit they dont care.... or.. I'd like to hear from someone whos running a REAL, FULL set up without extra juice coming in from an outside source, or rigging their box, and see what they have to say.
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Originally Posted by HondaVixen
24, 1000 watt lights, your going to be pulling 24 kilowatts per hour, that's crazy.
Here is something I googled..
ocasionally, you use a great deal of power, especially when the electric dryer and the oven are running while lights, the freezer, the refrigerator, the TV, and the computers are running simultaneously. At other times, you use very little power, as everything is turned off. Measurements show a house will occasionally use as much as 15 kilowatts for short intervals, but in a neighborhood of eight to 10 non-air-conditioned houses supplied by a transformer, the power demand will not exceed about 3.5 kilowatts per house.
A substation handles the power for many distribution lines. The utility usually allocates about 2 kilowatts per household at this level.
From the standpoint of the power station, the utility needs to produce less than about 1.5 kilowatts per household. In other words, the local system of the off-grid user has to be designed to handle 10 times as much power as the power station would allocate to a single house.
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