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    How much does your hobby cost?

    I've been curious about something...

    Every time I fire a new section on my grow shelf, I think in the back of my head... How much is this costing me every month? Currently I'm running 16 40 watt Fluorescent bulbs for my plants. My electric rate is $0.0971 per kWh. My bulbs right now run for about 15 hours a day and there are 31 days in this month. Oh god how did I get stuck in a math problem?

    1 40 watt bulb is .04 kWh, times 16 bulbs equals .64 kWh for my entire setup.
    15 hours times 31 days equals a running time of 465 hours.
    465 running hours times the .64 kWh is 297.6 kWh a month to run the entire setup.
    297.6 kWh times the cost of $0.0971 equals $28.90 a month for my hobby.

    I would love to expand my hobby out more, but the cost is always in the back of my head. Having 3 times the plants I do now with the current space management would run me about $100 a month in just lighting... Man I wish I had space for a greenhouse, or even to keep some of the plants outside without them getting damaged.

    What about you guys? How much do you think your hobby costs per month to run? Does that become a limiting factor first, or does physical space stop you instead? Hehe or are you lucky to have the sky as the limit for both? 8)

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    well since i dont pay for the electricity i use...i spend about 3.50 a month for water
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    Using your math, a 250 watt MH running 16 hours a days 31 days a month costs $12.04 per month

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    uhh...i have a greenhouse,

    but i would say all my plants cost me around $2000, my humidifier is ~ $20 monthly, and my shelfs were free...
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    when yah figure in heating, cooling and such with a greenhouse.....basement growing is damn cheap. i could buy a decent greenhouse for what ive spent on a couple rifles......affording to heat or cool said greenhouse in my schizophrenic weather? thats a whole nother level of spending
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    Two flies one pitcher. Minus the crap eating. obregon562's Avatar
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    or you could keep it unheated and uncooled in Southern California!
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    It really depends upon what you want to cultivate. Most CP's do just fine, all year round, sitting at a window sill. And if one stays on top of the Trading Post, like for seeds for SASE, this hobby can be done quite inexpensively! I know... I did that for all of 2004 & 2005. Not bad for a shoestring budget!

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    I've spent more on shipping than on plants, lights and whatever.
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