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Cost of running 250 watt lamps

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EDIT:  OK, I just found this link.  Might be able to answer this question myself, but thought I'd post this for other people.  I'll post my findings later if I get a chance.

http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/cost.html

(original question:  I'm wondering if anyone knows how to figure out how much it costs to run a 250 watt bulb for a brooder continuously.

For instance, in one month's time, how would it affect my energy bill?

Not sure what a kilowatt hour actually is, either.   

All I know is a broody hen is pretty efficient.  )

Thanks!


Edited by 3peeps - 5/16/09 at 8:48pm
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Did my math:

182.5 Kilowatt hours per month x $0.11855 = $21.64 per month to run a 250 watt heat lamp continuously.

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Wow, didn't know it'll add up that much. I better get working. I told hubby I'll try to support my chickens on my own.

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I had 4 250 watt lights going at the same time. Ugh...our electric bill went sky high.

72 Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds and Isa Browns (roosters are for the freezer :-( . I knew the number of each breed til I gave some away. lol
Also 12 assorted Bantams and 8 Silkies
And 20 guineas
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72 Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds and Isa Browns (roosters are for the freezer :-( . I knew the number of each breed til I gave some away. lol
Also 12 assorted Bantams and 8 Silkies
And 20 guineas
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Have you looked at ceramic heat emitters ?
( they use them for reptiles )
The initial cost per bulb is a little high ( $20 - $30 ) but they are very long lasting and use a fraction of the electric .

I used heat lamps for years with my reptiles. $$$ electric bills.
Then I switched to ceramic heat emitters after reading about how durable and economical they were supposed to be. Next month my electric bill was 3/4 of what it had been.
I no longer raise reptiles but saved several items. ( including my ceramic heat bulbs, some had ran non-stop for 7 years and still work )
I've my first chickies in the brooder , set up with a ceramic heat emitter ( 80w ) that I varied the hieght on to get the temp changes as they've grown.
Ceramic bulbs only give off heat, no light.
For light I have a flourescent bulb set-up that I turn off at night.

You can buy ceramic heat emitters online or at *most* petstores. Check out the reptile section smile

Raising first chicks purchased 4/16/09. Sold to me as Araucanas,
really they are EasterEggers    "Smore" , "Nod" , "Scratchie" & "Smudge"
Now incubating & raising quail   
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Raising first chicks purchased 4/16/09. Sold to me as Araucanas,
really they are EasterEggers    "Smore" , "Nod" , "Scratchie" & "Smudge"
Now incubating & raising quail   
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