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    How much is my heat lamp costing me??

    Had my first snake since january, had the heatlamp on since maybe March, electric bill has come in and snake is getting the blame for the high bill, do u guys no roughly how much a heatlamp would cost to run 24 hrs a day???

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    It's easy enough to work out.
    Lamp wattage x 24/1000 to find the kWh per day then multiply by whatever your power costs per kWh then multiply that by the number of days
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    It can set you back a fair bit, we use them for chicks and they rack up huge bills. using dimming probes and only having a heat lamp on for 12 hours a day can help reduce the cost.
    No one else understands.

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    I think it depends on the wattage and if it is on a timer or thermostat.
    The fact it has been winter should be blamed more for the power bill being high, not the snake IMO!

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    One heat lamp will not raise your bill a noticeable amount. Even 80W running full boar for 24hrs a day will only cost around $12.50 a month. With a thermo and night time temp drop this would usually be significantly reduced.

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    Thx for the info Guys and Girls, im unsure of the wattage as the lamp came with the cage but i will check that out, yeah i wouldnt of thought it would be that much and your right it has been winter so dryer and human heating can be blamed as well, when it starts to warm up a bit i might drop it of during the day and turn it on at night, possibly turning it off all toghether during the summer??? My girl is a MD

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    Reptiles, If they aren't getting blamed for the smell it's the "huge electricity bills" haha

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    Get out of the hobby now !!!!!if the bill is an issue cause you will end up with a bill of a grand real quick lol

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    im useing heat cord and mats with a dimming day and night thermostat and its not to bad if you set it up right, u can gain a nice thermal gradient with low watt cords and mats with dimming or pulse thermos
    enclosure material is somthing to look at too, as wood is better than glass and rocks that retain heat are an asset as well

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    Whatever it is, blame Gillard and Brown
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    Running my set up (5 x 150w heat lamps running 24/7 currently, less in summer) adds about $700 a year to our electricity account.

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    Hi Trouta, wattage is usually written (pretty small writing) on the bulb itself, if you cant see it while its in the enclosure turn off the bulb and allow it to cool down then remove it so you can read it. Good luck defending your girl : )

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    Bulbs are an inefficient way to heat as they have to heat the air before the heat radiates to the snake.
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    great point wokka also the constant red is annoying as all buggery.
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    [QUOTE=wokka;2031265]Bulbs are an inefficient way to heat as they have to heat the air before the heat radiates to the snake.[/QUOTE
    + 1....$40.00 40 watt heat cord

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