Incubators and my electricity bill!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Laurelm, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Laurelm

    Laurelm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2009
    San Diego County
    This probably seems like a dumb question but………..I run five incubators and have at least 5 heat lamps going lately 24/7. I would expect my bill to go some but a couple hundred dollars is completely ridiculous![​IMG]

    Does running the incubators and heat lamps really take that much electricity??

    Anyone out there going through the same pain??

    Just checking before I call SDG& E and complain (for what good it’ll do!)

    Thank you!
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Incubator, not so much...............heat lamp, A LOT!

    That's exactly why my DH wants to use broody's.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Not the bator, the heat lamps are your problem!
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Well, I'm taking incubator off of my Christmas list and continue to use broodys. WOW ! That is a lot. Sorry to hear about that.
  5. Lensters

    Lensters Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2009
    Adair Village, OR
    If you are really using that many heat lamps I would suggest that you take a look at buying a rack of commercial brooders. They still aren't terribly efficient but they are much better than heat lamps. If you don't like that idea, try the "infrared bulbs". They are really little radiant heaters instead of bulbs, but they are more efficient in getting the heat where it needs to be and not wasting energy creating light.

    I'm not sure where you are at but the price you pay for electricity is nuts. I run two Sportsman incubators, four old commercial brooders and a 800 CFM blower in my barn and it costs me $15 to $20 a month.

    Edited for a typo. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2009
  6. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I did see someone post (I think it was patandchickens) that it costs about $30 a month for one heat lamp.
  7. CindyS

    CindyS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2008
    Geneseo, Illinois
    I agree with above posts, its the heat lamps! I have usually 12 hovabators running all summer and the electricity bill is not that high!
  8. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hahira, GA
    I use every bit that many if not more, 5 full blown incubators, and tons of heat lamp brooders, turned them all off 2 bills ago, only a $25 difference and havent hardly used the a/c either since then, and still just $25 difference.. A few heat lamps dont equal $200 a month, dont care how many watts it is. I'd check into all you appliances and stuff and be sure they are running properly, a deep well running all the time will jack it way up....I have 4 salt water aquariums, 2 are reefs and we run like 1,000 watts of lights on them 12 hours a day to simulate the sun for the corals, again, the bill was only about a $25 or so increase......
  9. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    I use a HUGE incubator and 4 heat bulbs and my electric bill has not gone up...I have been doin this since the end of Aug. It is always under $200. Has your light company gone up on the price per kilowatt? I'd check to make sure.
  10. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2008
    Hayward, Ca
    Quote:since i too live in California i would suggest the same i know here in the bay area we have had our prices go up and not jus tthta but the electrical companies have installed new meters, which calculate a different way so you might want to check into that
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2009

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