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I am afraid to say, but your electrician is full if sh*t up to his eye balls. Of course the transformer pulls a load even when nothing is plugged into it, put your hand on it when nothing is running, is it warm or hot, its pulling juice. The bigger the transformer the more juice, is there a breaker on the lines running into the transformer, if so open the breaker when not using a 110v appliance and watch your bills go down. As I posted on another link, we all have bad habits about leaving Cell Phone chargers plugged in, they still pull juice when the phones not being charged. The TV still pulls juice even when in standby mode, most of us forget to turn off our printer when it is not in use, but it pull juice when not printing, you should configure your PC\'s as well for standby or sleep mode or hibernation. Configure your screen to shutdown after 5 Min\'s of non use, don\'t bother with the screen saver, go into the power settings of your PC, configure your hard drives to spin down after 3 Min\'s of non use, and the PC to drop into sleep after 10 Min\'s of non use, it take about 15 - 30 secs to resume, but after doing this I have seen my bills here drop 1000p in one month. also if you have any external drives like a dvd or extra hard drive, even things like usb drives left plugged in all pull extra juice. Do you turn your PC off at night, you should, it only takes as long to turn back on in the morning as it takes you to make the coffee or have the house keeper do it.

Everything we can do to turn off appliances when not running saves juice, do you really need the clock on the microwave, if not unplug it, the clock requires power as well, so it keeps the power supply on the microwave fired up when doing so. Get into the habit of turning off lights as soon as you leave a room. And for those of us with a peaked roof house, whatever the sheeting on it or tiles, that space gets hot, and in turn heats the rest of the house, most insulation I have seen here is junk. Purchase a 40 watt exhaust fan and mount it as high in the roof as you can, like an attic fan, turn it on 30 Min\'s before you crank up the a/c, you will find as it pulls out the hot air it pulls in cooler air to replace it. You may not need to crank up the a/c as soon as you thought, a 40 watt fan is cheaper than a 600 - 1000 watt A/C unit.


 Just a thought. With regards to you suggestion of a 40 watt exhaust fan. In OZ we have a lot of houses that have a raised sub floor. There is a company there selling small solar fans that are fitted to the wall and circulate the air between the sub floor and the ground. These would then run all day for NO cost and move the air in the attic or wherever.


Yes, Graham, same thing is done in the US. If you can find one grab it and use it.


Thanks for the info, Wayne.† Yeah, that\'s what I thought.† I hope he\'s a better restaurateur (his normal business) than he is an electrician.† But somehow, my wife thinks all of her relatives who claim some expertise in everything all know more than I do.† I do turn everything off at night, have the sleep mode set to click in after 3 minutes on the pc, etc.† It\'s just that nagging feeling that I was sold a bill of goods , along with the 15k watt transformer.† But, it doesn\'t feel hot to the touch, because it\'s hard wired in under the dirty kitchen sink, and it\'s inside a steel cabinet.† The thing\'s the size of a Doberman dog house!† Right now I\'m stuck with a brand new 110 side-by-side ref, coffee maker, iron. microwave, vacuum, drill, saw, rice cooker and electric razor.† But in time... I plan on being here the rest of my life!† Thanks again


Dear Gary,

Without the ground reference on a transformer, for instance 220
in the Philippines, all you know is that there is 220 volts between
the 2 terminals. But the secondary can & will float in relation to 0
volts: one therminal could be +100 volts and the other at +320
volts. Or one terminal could be at -60 volts and the other at -280.
Or one terminal could be at +80 volts and the other at -140.

By referencing one terminal at ground or 0 volts, the other
terninal will stay at 220 volts. Actually it\'s value will follow a
sine wave path back & forth between +220 and -220 volts, because it\'s
AC voltage.

In the US and at some areas in the Philippines arround the old
military bases, we use a transformer with a center tapped secondary
coil. These transformers will have 3 lugs on the secondary, instead
of 2. By tieing the center lug to a ground rod or 0 volts, the other
2 lugs will be locked at +110 and -110 volts. So you will have 110
volts between the center lug and either outer lug, and there will
also still be 220 volts between the 2 outer lugs.

Best always,

--- In, \"garycottam55\"
> Larry, I\'m a non-electrician and I understood perfectly what you
> except for the part about the transformer floating. I\'ve heard
> term before from a friend that\'s a EE but I don\'t really understand
> the concept. From what you\'ve told me about Philippine power I
> no doubt that I can do about any wiring I need to there, thanks.


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