I've been growing for a while and I have a 6 plant hydro setup..but I'm also wanting to start a 15-30 plant grown and was wondering how much lighitng would be sufficent and how to keep electricty as low as possible throughout..thanks alot..peace
I run 10 floroFixturess at 20 tubes at 40 watts for veg and about 600 watts HPS fixtures in the flower area and my bill runs about 30-50 bucks more than when I'm shutdown.
That includes 3 fans and a smaller air cleaner.
I'm just out side of chicago and I run 2-1000w 12hrs 1-400w 24hrs and 2 fans 24hrs 1 air pump 2 light movers and a clone machine for a average of $80 that takes care of 46 plants in flower all year, 3 mothers and then my clones.
my total bill for the house is about $220 but for the stuff I listed only changed my bill about $80 it's been pretty much the same other than when the AC is running Ive been doing this level for about a year.before comeds increase it was $160. I do beleive the question was how much it affects ones normal bill.
I run 1 400 watt MH right now at 18 hours a day and it accounted for just over half of my bill last month, but then again my tv was broken for quite a while so i couldn't use my xbox which burns 600watts. basically the light cost about $24 or so to run.
I don't know about fluctuation, my normal electric without the grow is 300 to 400. With the grow I am around 500 to 600. I take it into account that where I live electricity is one of the highest in the country. I also own a big house.
I have lots of space indoors and would be very grateful if some kind person could send me a draw up a specification of equipment for a "6 plant hydro set up" - may the power be with you.Thanks!!