Aerogarden Harvest Watts – One of the most important things I thought about when deciding whether or not to buy an Aerogarden was how much it would cost. Not just the price of buying the system, but also how much it costs to run.
To figure out how much it costs to run an Aerogarden, I put together a picture of the total costs. Many of the posts on the internet only talked about how much electricity costs, which I didn’t think was enough. My costs are made up of the initial price of the pod, the cost of electricity, the cost of supplies, and the cost of the pods. So you can compare prices, let’s break this down (as we have some cost differences depending on where you live).
(electrical costs) + (nutrient costs) + How much it costs to grow your own food.
The price to buy them at first is different, but they are pretty simple, so I am leaving them out for now. Just make sure you take into account the cost of shipping or duties.
Aerogarden Harvest Watts
With LED lights and low power pumps, most Aerogardens are pretty energy efficient these days. How much electricity you use really depends on the model you buy and how you set the light and pump schedule.
I am currently running an Aerogarden Farm with a light cycle of 18 hours and an average wattage of 128 Watts, including the pump.
My electricity meter shows that most of the electricity costs are for lighting.
Each light is what it says it is, with 60W, and the meter reads 121.1W.
Does it Pay to Grow Your Own?
A RESOUNDING YES!! In the north, food costs a lot and most vegetables at the grocery store aren’t very good. We pay between $4 and $5 for lettuce that looks wilted and was brought here by truck from 1400 km away. So, after the initial purchase, the price of $2.63 per plant seems pretty fair, given how good it is and how easy it is to use.
My family of three can eat a lot of lettuce from 24 plants. With the right crop and a way to keep harvesting, you can have a big bowl of salad every three days.
Fresh vegetables make everything taste better, and keep in mind that the price you see is for using new pods. There are lots of ways to cut your base costs with a little creativity.
How much does an AeroGarden cost to run?
In terms of how much electricity they use, AeroGardens are usually cheap to run. The cost depends on how many watts the plant light above the tank has and how much electricity the water pump inside the tank needs. The price is also based on
The small 3-pod Sprout model (10W LED grow light that can’t be dimmed, no touch screen, 12Vdc/2.5A input) is thought to use an average of 13 watts per month to power its plant light and water pump. With an estimated cost of 11 cents per kW/hour for utilities, this small AeroGarden is estimated to cost $0.75 per month. This means that it costs about 25 a month to grow a plant in an AeroGarden Sprout, on average.
On average, the popular AeroGarden Harvest (20W LED grow light) uses 23 watts of power each month (light & pump). At 11 cents per kW/hour, this amount of power costs $1.33 per month. Since this model has six pods, it costs about 22 per month to grow one plant in the AeroGarden Harvest.
It is estimated that the AeroGarden Bounty (40W LED grow light) will use 48 watts of power per month, which will cost about $2.78 per month to run. So, it costs about 31 a month to run each plant in this 9-pod smart garden. Elite models with more powerful 50W plant lights should cost about the same amount more as the base model.
The 60W dimmable LED grow light in the AeroGarden Farm uses an average of 126 watts of power each month, which is a lot more. This means that the 12-pod unit costs $7.30 per month to run (61 per plant pod). The 24 pod units are basically a double-wide version of the Farm model, so they would cost about twice as much to run as the 12 pod Farm.