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1000W HPS = $180 a month!!! What is your electricity cost ?


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call your local electric company and ask them if they will replace your old light bulbs with new energy effecient light bulbs. they switched out my whole house for free with bulbs that save you money.

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wow. so it still costs 720$ to grow 24 ounces!!

seems like lots but thats only 30$ an oz...

I tell you what though, if our 800W bulb makes our bill go up 80% of what yours is (140$ a month) the show is getting stopped instantly!!!

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Edited by prodigyru, 24 December 2009 - 07:45 PM.


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That figure sounds outrageous!. I ran a 600W ballast system and barely noticed an increase in my bill. i would say at the most its like $20 usd over than what my bill would usually be.

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The problem.....

Setup details:
Monthly electricity cost for vegetative growth - $240 (24/0 cycle)


Why would you veg with that monster? I am assuming you are using your 1000 watt hps to veg? If you are, you could save a lot of money and be getting much better growth and yield by switching to some t5s for veg. www.dchydro.com

And even if you are using a metal halide i am sure you could get equivalent growth out of t5s for a lot less money..... how many plants do you veg at a time and how tall do you grow them?

How much does a KWH cost from your electric company?

Edited by housefullOweed, 24 December 2009 - 09:28 PM.


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I'm confused as to the total cost but... if you're saying that the light alone is responsible for that much of the total bill then...

Veg: 28.8Kwh/day, 201.6Kwh/Week, 864Kwh/Month(30)
Flr: 14.4Kwh/day, 100.8Kwh/Week, 432Kwh/Month(30)

Veg is 6 weeks so, 1209.6 total Kwh
Flowering is 10 weeks so, 1008 total Kwh

If your bill is $240 for 864Kwh and $120 for 432Kwh then you are spending $0.2778 cents per Kwh on average. My guess is that you're paying about $0.12 for the first 300 or so, and then maybe closer to $0.24 for the next 200 and then maybe $0.38 for the last 300 or so.

All those prices are what I pay here in the bay area in Ca. It's absolutely rediculous, I know! I pretty much had to get a 400w just to keep our total bill under $120 per month.

Add in a 1200w AC unit, a couple fans, TVs, computers, stove/oven, and lighting... eeeyah... Growing indoors is not cheap, build yourself an outdoor green house and love how cheap the sun is :)
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I would reduce your veg cycle to 18/6 or 20/4 i find that by reducing the cycle to 18/6 not only saves me money, but the plants are less stressed and much happier and healthier, also a 1000w burns alot of power keep in mind that your electric company reads your usage in Kilowatt hours and im sure that you have caluculated out how many amps you use every billing period, but you may have unconsiously exceeded thier limit and they may have moved you up a "tier" in pricing, what this means is that, for example a comany might charge you 10 cents a KWH as long as you only use less than 100 KWH and as soon as you go to 101 KWH they will charge you 20 cents a KWH for your total usage, and as you can see it can get quite spendy, what you can do is call your doctor and try and get them to fill out some paperwork showing that there is somone in the house that ha medical conditions that require high energy usage, and this will extend the ammount of KWH you can use untill you get boosted up to the next "tier" in prices. Also i'm not sure what state you live in, but if you have a perscription in california, you may want to invest in growing outdoors as it saves you a ton of money, produces about 4 lbs a plant, and does't cost you a damn thing other than water, nutes, and preventative measures to make sure critters and poeple dont make off with your herb.

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To the OP, your kilowatt hour cost seems very high at over 33¢ per, I pay about 11-12¢ per.

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10 gallon pots inside man they must get pretty fucking tall if they are sativas I cant go above 4 gal bc they will hit my lights


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