Shadow2 wrote:Does using cpap with an Oxygen concentrator make that much difference to your Electricity usage? Thanks
Even running every xPAP Setting at maximum, you would be pushhed to add more than about AUD $20 a quarter to your electricity bill. I have no direct experience with the cost of running an oxygen concentrator, but this site.....http://www.copd-international.com/COPD-Info/index.php/archives/66
... suggests that their energy comumption is a LOT
higher than for a contemporary xPAP machine.
AIr conditioning also consumes a lot of energy, so that could
also be a significant component of the increase. If you want to know how much energy any individual electric applicance in your home with a power plug is consuming, you can buy one of these....http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=MS6115
... for AUD $20 and see for yourself.
Lastly, depending on which state you live in, you may have had an increase in the regulated energy rates due to "poles and wires" network reinvestment by your energy supplier. In some states you can get some lebevl of energy subsidy for some types of medical devices. The level of subsidy varies depending on which state you are in and also the type of device, so you should ask your energy supplier about what may be available for you