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## Hifarion

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#112672 17-Dec-2012 11:49

This is a question for the electric boffins...

We have an electric meter, and when they calculate the bill they mulitply our reading by 60x

We thinks its a bit much so wanted to check the mulitplyer, our metre has 6000 imp./KwH

Can anyone confirm that this results in a factory of 60x...

Thanks

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## gzt

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#733465 17-Dec-2012 12:02

hifarion: We have an electric meter, and when they calculate the bill they mulitply our reading by 60x

How do you know this?

## Hifarion

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#733468 17-Dec-2012 12:06

Its written in pen on the meter, and its on our account as part of the equation

However, the power bills we've been getting a insanely high, and the multiplyer is the only factory that could be wrong - for example, the metre says we've used 45 units over the weekend (when the building was closed)...

45units x 60mulitplyer = 2700

2700 x 23.77 cents = \$641!!!!!!!

We've been getting \$9k - \$11k a month power bills and none of the power co's are interested in helping.

We run machinery, but nothing that absorbs this kind of power

## wellygary

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#733488 17-Dec-2012 12:26

Well with 10K bills a month, you have a fairly healthy incentive to track this down, ( and can presumably spend some of the savings in thie project)

I would get a sparky over to see if they can install a second meter for you, that is between the existing meter and you mainboard- so you can keep an eye on what is actually happening,

The other cause could be a faulty item of equipment- again have a sparky have a look round your place

## gregmcc

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#733492 17-Dec-2012 12:30

Sounds like CT metering, where the CT's are a ratio of 60 to 1, installing a check meter may be impraticle, but you can rent a peice of equipnment from Tech Rentals that will require an electrician to connect up, run this for a week or 2 and compare it's reading with the meter readings, that way you will get an idea if things are not reading right.

## gzt

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#733509 17-Dec-2012 12:52

What is the brand and model number of this meter?

## Hifarion

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#733549 17-Dec-2012 13:15

The metre is Enermet, made in Finland

I've googled the ration for PT and CT calculations, but this metre doesn't have anything that resembles these, it just has 6000 imp / Kwh

Thanks

## gzt

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#733551 17-Dec-2012 13:16

Which model exactly?

## gregmcc

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#733563 17-Dec-2012 13:30

gzt: Which model exactly?

If your talking about which one from Tech Rentals

Dranetz-BMI Power Xplorer PX5

Hioki 3169-20 Clamp On Power Analyser

You really need to get your electrician involved as this would be the best person to determine which one to rent and to hook it up

## Hifarion

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#733568 17-Dec-2012 13:37

This is a shot of the metre, I've tried to work out how they got a mulitplyer of 60x.....

Sorry for the poor quality, it was dark in the metre room...

## MikeSkyrme

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#733571 17-Dec-2012 13:41

I believe the 6000 imp / kW is a reference to a pulsed output for the meter. If you provide a model numwer for the meter, it would be easier to look at CT and VT ratings, and whether the A/D conversion may have something to do with the calculation.
This is a three phase meter?

Michael Skyrme - Instrumentation & Controls

## Hifarion

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#733573 17-Dec-2012 13:46

Yep, I'm 99% sure its a 3 phase metre.

The issue is, there is no possible way we consumed \$641 over the weekend, the factory was shut - and our sister company in Auckland struggle to pull in a power bill over \$1,000 per month and they are bigger than us.

SO the only factor I want to challenge is the multiplyer, but the Power Co's don't really want to help....

Unfortunately this is all the info that is on the metre, I think the next step is to get a secondry metre at our expense to test...

Thanks

## gzt

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#733581 17-Dec-2012 13:50

Are you still with Trustpower like it says on the property sticker?

## MikeSkyrme

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#733587 17-Dec-2012 13:53

Hifarion: Yep, I'm 99% sure its a 3 phase metre.

The issue is, there is no possible way we consumed \$641 over the weekend, the factory was shut - and our sister company in Auckland struggle to pull in a power bill over \$1,000 per month and they are bigger than us.

SO the only factory I want to challenge is the multiplyer, but the Power Co's don't really want to help....

Unfortunately this is all the info that is on the metre, I think the next step is to get a secondry metre at our expense to test...

Thanks

As per GreggMCC's comments, you can hire a portable PQM (three phase) which will measure / monitor everything that is happening on your supply.
A sparky should be able to hook this up for you without much trouble.

Michael Skyrme - Instrumentation & Controls

## Hifarion

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#733588 17-Dec-2012 13:53

Nope, genesis.

They won't help, their stance is that they only care for anything up to the metre - from there onwards is our responsibility.

So was hopping the glyphs on the metre would mean something to someone, and confirm that our mulitypler of 60x was correct/incorrect.

## MikeSkyrme

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#733589 17-Dec-2012 14:00

Hifarion: Nope, genesis.

They won't help, their stance is that they only care for anything up to the metre - from there onwards is our responsibility.

So was hopping the glyphs on the metre would mean something to someone, and confirm that our mulitypler of 60x was correct/incorrect.

There is nothing on your meter which indicates a requirement to multiply / divide by 60. The kW hours displayed is as it is measured by the meter.

Michael Skyrme - Instrumentation & Controls

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