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I recently had a new meter installed for the power supply at my shed and I took the opportunity so see roughly how much does it cost me to make a run on the Dash 2 with electric elements. Started with 13 or so gallons at approx 30 ABV into my 26 Gal milk can. I was ready to start at 9 am and the following is a summary of what took place and how much it cost me.
09:00am - Two 5500W elements on at 14A each for initial warm up 10:00am - One element off and one element down to 10A to compress fores, all plates fully loaded 10:40am - Started collecting fores slowly, decreased dephlegmator flow a bit and increased condenser flow 11:00am - One element up to 12.2A and decrease deph flow some more to collect heads and hearts, condenser flow at max 03:00pm - Finished hearts one element up to 13.5A to collect tails, closed dephlegmator flow 04:00pm - All finished shut all power off
During the whole run I also ran a March 809 pump for recirculating cooling water and an AC/DC power supply to run the fan on a car radiator for return water cooling, as well as overhead lights and a 19 cu./ft. refrigerator/freezer where I store enzymes and yeast and such, sometimes a beer or two as well. Before starting the meter was reading 85 kWh, and at the end around 4:30pm it read 112 kWh for a total use of 27 kWh. We pay $0.13 USD per kWh so it only cost me $3.51. A whole lot cheaper than propane. Hope this is helpful.