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Old 10-27-2008, 03:53 PM   #1
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i would like to know that if i have a steady load on one side of my 200 amp service panel of 20 amps or higher if my electric meter would read this imbalance as a higher draw than having it more evenly distributed

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i would like to know that if i have a steady load on one side of my 200 amp service panel of 20 amps or higher if my electric meter would read this imbalance as a higher draw than having it more evenly distributed
No, more load on one side or the other will not cause your power bill to reflect it. A kilowatt-hour is still a kilowatt-hour, no matter which leg of the service it is on.

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i would like to know that if i have a steady load on one side of my 200 amp service panel of 20 amps or higher if my electric meter would read this imbalance as a higher draw than having it more evenly distributed
Just as InPhase277 said, a kWh is a kWh, doesn't matter how that electrical energy is used or how it gets there, you are paying for it.

If your entire house is running off one leg of the panel (highly unlikely) you would have issues with tripping the main breaker if you exceed the current rating of the main on one leg. It's always good to have the power balanced and as even as possible.
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