Well, I think I hit the wall with energy costs here. Just adding a post let people know who are thinking about indoor setup.
Over 2 years, I have grown my basement system to 175 gallons of water and three 2' x 3' x 9" deep grow beds.
I recently upgraded my grow lights and that put me on the list of people the power company calls out and shames with nastygrams.
I currently have:
1000w grow light on a light mover ( accepts halide and hps bulbs )
400w grow light stationary over the tomatoes
Not running my two, 250w HPS lights.
2 x 400watt aquarium heaters in main FT ( 125 gallon aquarium )
2 x 100watt aquarium heaters in fingerling tank ( 30 gallon aquarium )
Plus pump, airstones, and a few powerheads.
25 white nile tilapia. ( 2 months old and about 6" already! )
Well, I'm using 3100 kWh of electricity which I was just told is 221% more than anyone the neighborhood. Granted I have 5 computers and kid with game systems plus an old house with inefficient insulation. But I'm feeling kinda sick over this.
I love my garden. With my current setup, we have full time lettuce. basil, and tomatoes. My sweet peppers are looking very good too. I was planning on adding a grow-out FT perhaps an IBC and a couple more grow beds as I am putting out more nitrogen than I am taking in.
But the cost seems to finally be a significant hurdle. Sure it is a freezing winter and my energy costs will be up but I am not sure I can justify 220% of my neighborhood average.