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RE: Seedlings


Title: RE: Seedlings

Chick,

Typical Fluorescent lights are maybe only 80% efficient so while you are getting 80 watts of light from two 40 watt bulbs, additional energy is required for the ballast (your electricity is providing heat as well). If you take your equation and divide by 0.80, you will be closer to the real cost.

(40x32x24/1000x.08)/0.80=$3.07 per day.

Maybe you should sell your extra seed instead of growing them...could make up the difference.

Thanks!

Norm Lesch
Manchester, MD

      -----Original Message-----
      From:   Chick [mailto:chick@bridgewoodgardens.com]
      Sent:   Wednesday, December 01, 1999 8:57 PM
      To:     hosta-open@mallorn.com
      Subject:        Re: Seedlings

      Cost for lights:

      watts x lights x hours / 1000 x cost per kilowatt hour.  For me, with 16 two
      light fixtures that comes out to:

      40x32x24/1000x.08=$2.46 per day.

      Chick

      NardaA@aol.com wrote:

      > Chick,
      >
      > I am having the same problem.  I think that the Home Depot people are looking
      > suspiciously as I leave the store with another sixteen fluorescent lights.
      > How do you figure out how much electricity costs?  After spending $500 this
      > summer on water I will have to think hard to justify increased electrical
      > bills.
      >
      > Lucky you have seeds, I am going to pay big bucks for seeds from Pete Ruh, I
      > have already sent him my first order.
      >
      > I am not buying any of your new introductions until they have at least six
      > leaves and have been registered, better have good names too.  Let us see
      > pictures, or how about ebay, we can have a bidding war.
      >
      > I'm not selling any of mine unless my kids are destitute and eating peanut
      > butter three times a day.
      >
      > Love my hobby,
      > Narda
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