How much does it cost to run that pond de-icer? Long Valley- Morris County NJ
Winter is here! Well not officially but it sure feels like it and the white stuff has graced us with it's presence a few times already.
We have our ponds winterized and our fish are on their way to a long few months of hibernation. This means we have our de-icers in our ponds, and you may have a de-icer that is an electric hog!
Although our calculation isn't perfect, it will certainly provide you with an estimated electrical cost to run your de-icer all winter. 1. Find the watts the de-icer uses. You should be able to find this on the unit itself or a tag. 2. Take this watt number and divide it by 10. 3. The answer you get will be an estimated cost to run this de-icer each month.
For example: 1. A 1200 watt de-icer will cost you approximately $120.00/month in electrical costs. 2. A 300 watt de-icer will cost you approximately $30.00/ month in electrical costs.
If your deicer is using more than 300 watts you should consider a new one. You don't need the extra "power" and it will pay for itself in one winter in electrical savings.