Sharing Electricity Between Two Houses in One Compound


Old 11-04-07, 06:24 AM
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Unhappy Sharing Electricity Between Two Houses in One Compound

Hello, everyone.

I am currently forced to share electricity with my neighbors who happen to be relatives. We stay in the same compound, and the current agreement is for them to pay 1/3 and for me to pay 2/3.

Is there a more accurate way of measuring THEIR usage, so that I can subtract it from the bill and charge them that exact amount? The have the lights on from dusk till dawn, and they use the electric water pump more than I do.

What is the cheapest device I can use to monitor the total amount of electricity they are using? What about devices with memory which can store daily usage? There is a single cable connected from my house to theirs, so I'm guessing that that's how they're tapping the power. Is it possible to measure their power usage by connecting a device to that cable?

I checked out Logic Beach's products, but I don't know anything about their products except that they're used for logging data (and maybe some are for measuring electrical (and other) output) and that they're computerized.
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Old 11-04-07, 06:39 AM
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you can purchase a seperate electric meter. There are models available that use a "current transformer" or "ct's" (which is a ring that encircles the wire of the circuit being measured) so it is relatively simple to install, i.e.; you do not have to put it in series with the circuit so the meter can be placed just about anywhere and the ct's can be placed anywhere the circuit wires are accessable.

here is an example

look for "watt hour meter" on the net. you will find many hits.
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Common. We have several meters like this in an office building to break down electric use by tenant.
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If you really want to do this, look into Emon Demon metering systems.
They aren't cheap but they are the best and easiest solution out there.

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