Water Tank Heaters

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  1. belle4

    belle4 Senior Moderator

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    Is there any brand/style of tank heaters that are more energy efficient? I have an all aluminum tank heater. It was the most expensive one at the feed store at $64.00. It's guaranteed for 3 years. It draws 1500 watts of power though. In fact, they all draw 1500 watts. That equates to about a $100.00 increase in my electric bill a month when the heater is on. OUCH!

    I would love to find a more cost effective unit to run. Currently, I plug in the heater for an hour, enough to thaw the tank and warm the water and then turn it off. I do this several times a day. There must be an easier way. In the winter, it is cheaper to feed my horses than to provide water for them!
     






  2. Syrenie

    Syrenie Full Member

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    I don't know if this response is going to be helpful at all... but at my barn, we keep the water from freezing by putting a basketball in the big water troughs outside. The basketball floats around and keeps ice from forming. It's worked so far for us! If you want to actually keep the water WARM though, well, I don't have any advice on that. Sorry! :-x
     
  3. belle4

    belle4 Senior Moderator

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    Where I live, the temps stay well below freezing for months on end. The BB would make a permanent fixture in my tank.:) I have heard of that, but won't be enough here. Thanks for your input.
     
  4. Super Step

    Super Step Senior Member+

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    Just thinking out loud.....

    My father has a timer on his hot water heater in his house. He has the hot water heater set to come on an hour before he gets up, then is off during the day, then comes back on at a certain time in the afternoon. He does this just to "beat the system":)

    I almost bet there is a timer you can plug into the outlet, then plug the heater into that.
    Dad's has a little circular clock deal that that rotates. There are little pin holes in the edge and he just places pins where he wants it to turn on and off.

    I will ask him later today. He lives for this sort of efficency. He has a Masters in electrical engineering, and is also the biggest tight wad you ever met:)
     
  5. Sea Ha

    Sea Ha Senior Member

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    You might be using more energy turning it on and off. It has to stay warmed longer to re-heat. Leaving it plugged in it will warm and cool as needed. Probably less time. The tank heaters use so little energy. We dont even see a change in electric bills when they are being used. We also use the 1500.
     
  6. belle4

    belle4 Senior Moderator

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    I know exactly what you are talking about and have used the same timers when I was keeping Joe under lights. That is a GREAT idea! I would have never thought of that. I really don't consider myself a tight wad, but I hate spending money on WATER for the horses. It's not enough we pay taxes, electric bill and had a well dug. Now I have to HEAT the water. The timer sounds like a great way to cut down on the electric bill. Thanks Tim. Oh yea, now I get to use the new thank you button.
     
  7. harli36

    harli36 Senior Member+

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    Also belle if you insulate the water tank it will help the hold in the heat a little bit longer.

    You can build a wooden tank that is big enough for the water tank to go inside of it and big enough for insulation to fit in between it and the water tank. Make sure you put insulation on the bottom as well as the sides of the water tank. The insulation shouldn't be able to be seen though, that stuff is pretty nasty and you don't want your horse getting into it.

    I hope I explained this right...
     
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    Becky, when we had the tanks outside, I kept them plugged in for all winter. My bill was not that much more, only $5-10 not a HUNDRED! Holy cow. I turned it on when it got below 32 and left it on till April or May.

    I have seen people take their metal troph, build a square box around it and then insulate it. I didn't do this because it was too hard for me alone to dump the water to clean it out. Is the water outside or inside out of the elements in a run in or something? Blocked from the snow/wind, cause if so, you might be able to build a box with a swing door to open it, or a drop down side. Just an idea.

    This is what I had a Rubbermade Stock Tank:
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    With a stock tank de-icer.
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    We have a store called TSC (tractor supply company) and this is where I got my tank and heater. It screws in the bottom of your stock tank (even made for rubbermaid tank) and heats from the bottom up, so it keeps it unfrozen. Only time I ever had to worry about my tank was when we had no power.

    Not that I helped, just wanted to let you know what I did and a few more ideas!
     
  9. LateBloomer

    LateBloomer Senior Member

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    We have the same tank and use 2 200 watt de-icers like this:

    http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?PGGUID=30e07426-7b6a-11d5-a192-00b0d0204ae5

    It works really well and doesn't cost that much. We also put them in each water bucket in their stalls (3). There is no "noticable" difference in our electric bill with the 5 of these plugged in all winter.
     
  10. *Psylocke*

    *Psylocke* Senior Member+

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    Those are exactly what we have too! We have some tanks that are slightly diff since they need to be bigger (more horses in some places) but yeah same thing...

    Sorry I am not really helpin

    Psy
     






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