[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

RE: Electric meters



Second attempt at posting
>How about older technology units that are being discontinued, is there
some
>potential for selling these as working units?  perhaps in other
countries?
I would think free, or very cheap, working electric meters would be
useful for large buildings or campuses desiring to "sub-meter" their
electric use.  (Examples: building by building electric use at a college,
floor by floor use in a large office building owned by one company, shop
area by shop area in a factory.)
I realize that the price of the electric meter is often the smallest
reason  NOT  to do sub-metering.  The price of a new meter is usually
small compared to the price of the electrician's labor to install it, and
very few buildings have enough space on the wall to accomodate a meter -
where you want to install it.  However, cheap meters whose only "defect"
is that they are being replaced by a new style could easily tip the
balance in many cases and allow an organization to do some sub-metering.

Peter T. Moulton
Office of Innovation and Assistance
State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection
State House Station #17
Augusta, ME  04333
tel. 207-287-8161   Fax. 207-287-2814
Peter.T.Moulton@state.me.us
case (upper or lower) does not matter on email address


 ----------
From:  Finresorce@aol.com[SMTP:Finresorce@aol.com]
Sent:  Thursday, January 23, 1997 3:31 PM
To:  p2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject:  electricity consumption meters

Hi P2 Techers,

Your experienced and educated advice is needed regarding the following
case
study.

Background:
What is referred to by "electricity consumption meter" is the
glass-covered
device you see hanging on the side of your house that monitors the
kilowatts
consumed, thus the basis of your monthly electric bill.  Periodically
these
meters must be tested, refurbished, repaired, discarded, etc.  Meter
repair
facilities (typically owned by the electric utility) may process a few
hundred to thousands per week.  Units that no longer function properly,
or
that are of older technology designated for replacement, are discarded.
 The
glass cover is removed and typically landfilled since the stainless steel
ring is not easy to remove (spot-welded in place).  The remaining carcass
is
typically sold for mixed scrap metal value at 1.5 cents per pound
(dependent
on location).

Questions:
Generally, how might meter repair shops (or brokers acting on their
behalf)
earn additional revenue and conserve addtional resources through
management
of these scrap meters?

Is anyone aware of 'bolt recycling facilities,' i.e., facilities that
collect, sort, re-sell used bolts?  (There may be 20-30 small bolts in
each
meter.)

Is there any value in the small transformers that are present?

How about older technology units that are being discontinued, is there
some
potential for selling these as working units?  perhaps in other
countries?

Any ideas regarding the glass covers?  (perhaps crush the glass, thus
making
the ring separable and recyclable, along with the glass?)


Thanks in advance; your input is greatly appreciated,
Charlie Davis
Finite Resources, Inc.
<finresorce@aol.com>
803 River Road
Austin, Texas 78734
512-263-5053, fax 2269