# Do you know how much your electricity cost to run your aquarium? Question

#### Fish_Man

##### Valued Member
Hi

I decided to check on electricity cost to run a tank and its crazy how much some people have to pay depending where they live!!

To calculate the monthly cost = (x)watts x (x)hours/day x 30/31 days.

Example. Heater 50watts x 24hrs x 30days = 36000 watts then
it cost 0.058 for every Kwh. so it cost me 2.088 a month just for one of my heaters.

This doesn't calculate all the extra fees those companies like to charge us

How much do you pay??!!!

#### Aquarist

##### Fishlore Legend
This link should help members to figure out the electrical costs for each tank:

Ken

#### Shawnie

##### Fishlore Legend
ALLOT is all I can say LOL
matter of fact the guilt of our electric bill, has caused me to make some decisions and downsize my tanks ....my bf isnt into fish as I am and I hate that the bill is so much because of my obsession ...

#### Red1313

##### Fishlore VIP
Gasp! Shawnie Downsizing!! <HUGS>
I know that I as paying about \$25-30 last summer to run the tanks, the fridge and have the stove and microwave plugged in. (I had the apartment but was only there once a week). Even when I was living in the apartment the power bill was around 30 something a month. I do know I'll probably start slipping my landlord a 20 along with the rent cheque starting in May to cover it a little bit.

#### funkman262

##### Well Known Member
Fish_Man said:
Example. Heater 50watts x 24hrs x 30days = 36000 watts then
it cost 0.058 for every Kwh. so it cost me 2.088 a month just for one of my heaters.
That's assuming the heater is running 24 hours a day which it probably isn't

#### Lucy

##### Moderator
Sshhhh lol
I added a few tanks just as our rates went up last year so my husband didn't make the connection.

#### Red1313

##### Fishlore VIP
Lucy said:
Sshhhh lol
I added a few tanks just as our rates went up last year so my husband didn't make the connection.
No that is a sneaky and underhanded way to do it
You've got my approval

#### Fish_Man

##### Valued Member
I can imagine with the amount of tanks you have!!

#### Jaysee

##### Fishlore Legend
another reason I don't have live plants - lights cost more than anything. I only have the lights on for 6 hours a day.

I use more powerful heaters than are recommended. underpowered heaters take longer to bring the temp up.

my obsession accounts for perhaps a third of the electric bill, so about \$50/month. that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

#### Fish_Man

##### Valued Member
is that 50/month for all your tanks together?

#### HitchHiker

##### Valued Member
Less than all my computers cost

#### bolivianbaby

##### Fishlore Legend
Do I truly want to know how much of my electric bill is caused by my 25+ tanks? We know I won't downsize (I'm too selfish), but I'm not sure I want anything to prevent future cases of MTS.

#### Jaysee

##### Fishlore Legend
Yes fishman, all together

#### Fish_Man

##### Valued Member
that sounds pretty good for the size and amount of tank you have.

#### Shawnie

##### Fishlore Legend
mines \$90-120 more a month to keep the tanks up to par...

#### Aquarist

##### Fishlore Legend
Hello,
Luckily, my Chef pays the electric bill. I'm not as nice as Shawnie...I'll just let him keep paying it as is! ROFL....

Ken

#### Fish_Man

##### Valued Member
now that's a lot Shawnie

#### Fish_Man

##### Valued Member
but I'm sure the enjoyment out-weights the cost right now right!!!

#### Shawnie

##### Fishlore Legend
Fish_Man said:
but I'm sure the enjoyment out-weights the cost right now right!!!
does for me!!!!!!! but not for the one that pays the bill...which isnt me