Saving energy costs
How to save energy costs on your aquarium!
First things first: an aquarium (30-200 litres) consumes much less energy than you think! A 60 litre aquarium, for example, consumes only slightly more than the TV in standby mode!
In theory the highest wattage consumption comes from the heater thermostat, which the specifications give as 200 watts for a 200-litre aquarium. However, the thermostat is only supposed to keep the water temperature a few degrees above the room temperature. For much of the time, especially in the winter months, the temperature in the living room is around 22 °C. The heater then only has to raise the temperature by 3 °C to 25 °C and then maintain it. But how much electricity does it really consume? That is exactly what this chapter is about.
Before we begin: Anyone wanting to check how much electricity is being consumed in the whole aquarium can purchase an electricity meter. There are electricity meters available where you can enter the price you pay per kilowatt and find out how much you are actually paying, as well as how much wattage you are consuming!
If you don't have an electricity meter, you can easily calculate your electricity costs yourself using the following formula: calculation per year: (watt*operating hour/1000*365)*€ per KWh
Let's go through every single step where energy can be saved:
Example calculation for a 60 cm aquarium
54 litres, at an electricity price of €0.40/kWh
|Product||JBL LED SOLAR NATUR||JBL CristalProfi i80||JBL PROTEMP s50|
|Running time||10 h/day||24 h/day||24 h/day|
|Temperature||-||-||set to 25 °C at room temperature 22 °C|
|Costs per month||€2.68||€1.17||€2.29|
|Costs per year||€32.12||€14.02||€27.45|
The total electricity costs for this 60 cm example aquarium amount to €6.14 per month. The same electricity costs are consumed by having your television on from 7pm to 11 pm.
By the way: Don't be surprised if the wattage on the packaging of an electrical appliance is different from the wattage indicated by your ammeter! Every electrical appliance is permitted to deviate by about 10 % from its specification and the ammeters also have a certain scatter. In addition, ballasts, e.g. for LED lamps, convert energy into heat and thus generate an amount of energy loss. In the case of JBL LEDs, the ballast does not allow the LEDs to burn at full power so that the service life of the individual LEDs is not shortened.