Kinda OT: Question for Anyone running several Incubators 24/7

NoSkiveez

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I'm wondering if your electric bill has shot thru the roof. In the last month or so, I've had a hatching obligation that requires me to run several incubators non stop and my electric bill has gone up drastically and im wondering if it is the heating element.

I'm running:

1 Sportman
1 Forced Air Hovabator
1 Forced Air Little Giant
1 Still Air Little Giant
1 Forced Air TX6
1 Brower Stacking Brooder

Would these be effecting my electric bill the way it is? It went from $180 to $325 when we went from the one forced air little giant to all of the others.

If I'm not mistaken, wafer style incubators and brooders are water heater elements? Am I wrong?
 

aprophet

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X2 I have a HB and 2 homemade bators running the bill did not change but when you turn on 250 watt heat lamps I met a old fellow who uses smaller brooders ( cardboard boxes) and 40-100 watt regular bulbs after I started doing this the bill went back down
 

Gypsy07

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X2 I have a HB and 2 homemade bators running the bill did not change but when you turn on 250 watt heat lamps I met a old fellow who uses smaller brooders ( cardboard boxes) and 40-100 watt regular bulbs after I started doing this the bill went back down

x10!!! 250W heat lamps cost a FORTUNE to run 24/7. The electricity used by incubators is negligible in comparison.

Brinsea's Ecoglow is a fabulous product, but only for up to 20 chicks at a time.

And yes, large cardboard boxes are fantastic for brooding smaller numbers of chicks.
 

duckyfromoz

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Just out of interest...what the maximum egg capacity of them all?? Maximum I have had going is three incubators- and two brooders. I had an electrician friend calculate my usage from the incubators and brooders which only accounted for around 5% of total usage. The calculation was based on 2 incubators and 2 brooders though.
 

NoSkiveez

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They all run at full capacity all the time. There is never really a time that they are not running. I have a buyer that buys pretty much everything I hatch. I'm collecting almost 125 eggs a day so it keeps them full.
 

booker81

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Isn't there a dohickey you can plug things into and then plug into the socket to see what the usage is? Might be helpful to determine the biggest culprit
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