Electricity prices calculated at $0.25/kWh, which is average for cities in USA
(USA national average is $0.12/kWh, so your prices may be lower)
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CFL Grow Lights
- 1/4 -1/2 oz per month
- Electricity: $59/month
- Initial Setup Cost: $471.00
- 1/2 - 1 oz per month
- Electricity: $50/month
- Initial Setup Cost: $589.00
250W MH/HPS (or LED equivalent)
- 1-2 oz per month
- Electricity: $69/month
- Initial Setup Cost: $605.00
400W MH/HPS (or LED equivalent)
- 1.5 - 3.5 oz per month
- Electricity: $96/month
- Initial Setup Cost: $744.00
600W MH/HPS (or LED equivalent)
- 2.5 - 5 oz per month
- Electricity: $128/month
- Initial Setup Cost: $780.00
Although there is a larger size MH/HPS grow light available (1000W), at that size it starts going outside the scope of a "hobbyist" grower as far as ease and yields. In addition to needing a lot of extra cooling, a 1000W HPS grow light is less efficient compared to a 600W grow light (as far as how much light is put out for electricity used). I think most hobbyist growers would be happier with a 600W, or even two 600W lights, over a 1000W.
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These Growing Setup Examples Assume You're Starting From Scratch and Don't Plant to DIY Anything
I tried to include everything in these lists, as if someone were growing marijuana completely from scratch. For each example I calculated the cost as if you were buying everything online off of Amazon.com from the included links. A lot of these items cost less money if you shop around online or buy them in person, and you may already have some stuff lying around the house already.
For each example I also included a matching grow tent, because I believe grow tents are the best way to create a perfect environment for your plant at a really low cost. But if you want to skip the tent and make your own grow space in a grow box or closet.
Over the years we've had lots of people request "starter" shopping lists for new growers - it can be frustrating trying to figure out exactly what supplies you need to start growing cannabis indoors! So today I decided to make a few comprehensive shopping lists for common setups that include everything from nutrients to grow lights to rope ratchets. I'll even tell you what yields, electricity cost and cost/ounce to expect with each setup.
If you don’t want to have to figure out exactly what to buy to start growing, this article is for you! I will break down what to expect based on your space limits and desired yields, so you can get the exact perfect setup for your situation.
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Don't Forget to Budget Money for Growing Medium and Plant Containers!
Remember to consider the growing medium (not included in totals). Here's my very general estimate for 1-2 plants (you will need more to grow more plants). So consider you will need to spend an extra $30-125 for your growing medium + the cost of your container.
Compare different growing mediums for growing cannabis