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Cost of running lights

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kinipela, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Kinipela

    Kinipela In the Brooder

    Dec 2, 2011
    Valencia, Ca
    Does anyone know the cost to run a 250w bulb monthly?

  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Probably a lot more than just eliminating drafts from the coop area. Many folks do not add heat for winter chickens, unless your closer to the arctic circle.
  3. ScottyHOMEy

    ScottyHOMEy Songster

    Jun 21, 2011
    Waldo County, Maine
    For the early days when you have to run it 24/7, figure whatever 6 KwH/day works out to at your local rates
  4. Kinipela

    Kinipela In the Brooder

    Dec 2, 2011
    Valencia, Ca
    Thank you everyone. We are moving them to the brooder and will need heat for a little while. We only pay 15cpk so it shouldn't be that bad.
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I think I once calculated about $10 a week to run a 250W 24/7 at my house.
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Look at the kilowatts used at your house, on your bill. Divide those used kilowatts into the dollar amount of your bill. You'll likely get $.18, give or take, depending on your electric company. Each watt used over an hour, equals 18 cents. Here, I've computed the cost of running a 250 watt bulb at $25 a month. Running two bulbs costs $50 a month.

    Simply using the cost stated per kilowatt hour advertised by your electric company is a bit fake, because there are so many stinkin' added fees and surcharges.

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