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PortaDyne-Lite Savings


ENERGY COSTS

  
We are surprised to learn that many of our clients don't clearly understand how much they are paying for electricity.  
In most jurisdictions, you contract to buy electricity for a stated rate - e.g. $.10 per KiloWattHour  
HOWEVER,  in most jurisdictions, you also pay additional charges :
  • line charges ( the cost of the electricity lost in the transmission lines as it it sent to you )

  • peak or demand charges ( you may pay a higher rate for the whole month if you have a one-time momentary surge because some large motor gets turned on )

  • delivery ( the cost of building and maintaining the generators, transmission lines, and substations )

  • debt retirement ( if the utility lost money in the past, you may still be paying  )

If you generate your own electricity, you need NOT PAY ANY of these extra charges.

  
To find out what electricity is REALLY costing you :
  •  divide the TOTAL amount of the invoice by the ACTUAL consumption ( in KiloWattHours ) - you may be surprised !
  
A typical  200 watt incandescent light standard will consume 2.4 kWh of electricity per night, for an annual cost of  about $125 per year.  The electrical bill for a PortaDyne-Lite is  ZERO.  

Installation

  

An ordinary light standard must be connected to the 'grid' by wires which are buried in the ground.  For a typical installation, the cost of trenching and wiring ( each on a per-foot basis ) can add up to $2500  ( CONSERVATIVELY )  per light .

Since an ordinary wired light needs to be connected to the mains, you will need to hire a licenced electrician - once for hooking up the underground wires to the switch panel inside the building, and again to hook the wires to the lamp post outside.  With the PortaDyne-Lite, since there's no wiring, there's no cost to hire an electrician.

If the environment is already paved and/or landscaped, the disruption, damage, and expense can be considerable- again concrete cutting and repair is charged on a per-foot basis.

The total cost of trenching, cutting, repairing, and underground cabling could exceed the total cost of the PortaDyne-Lite by the time you reach 50-100 feet distance from the power source.

You can see why we compare a regular wired light to an iceberg - most of the cost is 'below the waterline' - underground and invisible ( but costly )

With the PortaDyne-Lite, there is no 'connection' - since it generates its own power, it can be conveniently located as desired with no wiring.

  

Maintenance

  

Every time the underground wiring fails ( construction, landscaping, frost, rodents ) it will need to be located, retrenched, reinstalled, reburied, repaved and/or relandscaped - a considerable expense which is NOT NEEDED with the PortaDyne-Lite.

Industry sources indicate that on the average, these underground wires need to be repaired/replaced about once a decade.

 

   
The rates discussed here pertain to Ontario - please check to see the equivalent figures in your jursidiction.