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# I am freaking out ...this can't be right

I just got my first batch of chicks about 5 days ago ...doing the traditional infrared heat lamp @250 watts ( which is to much heat but can't find anything smaller locally ...will have to order one)

okay folks ...according to my electric bill, I'm paying \$1.08 per kWh ...so, running this 250 watt infrared bulb is costing me 6 kWh a day which = 195 a month!!!?? WHAT!  This must be wrong ...does anyone know what it costs to run one of these bulbs?  \$195 a month just for this is unacceptable ...I must be figuring something wrong.  Here is how I calculated ...250 watts x 24 hours a day = 6000 watts; divide that by a kWh which is 1000 watts ( right?) & that is 6 kWh x \$1.08 = \$6.48 a day ...x 30 days in the average month = \$194.40 ...

even a 125 watt bulb is too much power ...that would run about \$95 a month ...our usual bill is around \$30 a month - I can't do this

please someone tell me I did this wrong

Edited by silverchick - 4/7/12 at 3:52pm

O.o Woah, there is NO way. Hold on let me kick my old brain on for a second I'll re-edit this once I figure it out. WARNING: This may take awhile lol.

QP

Oh by the way, Welcome to BYC ^^

OKAY so... found this website

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

So I guess it depends on the state but....if you average out the the cents per kWh they should all be in the range of about 20 dollars per month. Am I doing this right? \$20 vs. \$115 ???

Edited by QualityPolish - 4/7/12 at 2:42pm
"You silly thing. Didn't they tell you...polish is not a name.. it's an acronym for Pure Out-Landishly Insanely Silly Hens." Quote welasharon
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"You silly thing. Didn't they tell you...polish is not a name.. it's an acronym for Pure Out-Landishly Insanely Silly Hens." Quote welasharon
"There's no such thing as electrolytes in these parts, so that's out of the question. Unless they like Gatorade." Quote Booswalia

I think I did something & I just figured it out ...I think what I thought was a \$1.08 was not per hour, it was my daily cost ...so let me refigure this ...whew ...

Edited by silverchick - 4/7/12 at 2:48pm

My husband is an electrician, and we are running a 100 watt light bulb 24 hrs a day for 6 weeks and he calculated it would cost us about \$75.00 after all is said and done.  But I guess that all depends on our rate, etc.

1 Buff Orpington Hen, 1 Easter Egger Hen, 1 Barred Rock Hen (Hopefully), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte Hen (Hopefully), 1 Mille Fleur Rooster + One Male Alexandrine Parakeet, 2 Female Indian Ringnecks, 4 Dogs, 2 Horses and a very patient husband

1 Buff Orpington Hen, 1 Easter Egger Hen, 1 Barred Rock Hen (Hopefully), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte Hen (Hopefully), 1 Mille Fleur Rooster + One Male Alexandrine Parakeet, 2 Female Indian Ringnecks, 4 Dogs, 2 Horses and a very patient husband

yeah - I looked at what I thought was the price of a kWh ...but it was our average daily cost ...so I divide that by the kilowatts we used ...about \$0.22 cents a kWh ...that's sounds more like it ...so the light will run us about \$1-1.20 a day ...I can deal with that ...but I do feel kinda foolish now - however happily so ...please feel free to delete this post if anyone can - I don't see how ...hopefully it will get buried real fast ...sigh of relief ...ahhh

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