Becky's Farm Life

The simple life, living off God's land, one day at a time.

Chickens Tips & Saving Money

Hint on Chickens:

If you want them to lay in the (all) winter, put a 40-60 watt light bulb in their house, and it needs to be on 14 hrs a day, or the chicken will stop laying as daylight lessen. I know this works because I have done it for years, and I’m one of the few in my area that has eggs in the winter. We put our chicken light on a timer, the ones you can hook to lamps in your house, and it works great. With the amount of power the light uses is still cheaper than buying yucky store eggs.


Saving Money:

Hot water heaters: we flip the braker off at bed time, so as it does not heat water all night, when no one is using it. And at times I flip it off during the day. In the morning, the water is still warm just not hot. They make a heavy duty timer (like above for the hot water heater), which we hope to some day get. But flipping the braker did make a difference in our power bill.

Have a great day.

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September 25, 2008 - Posted by | eggs, ideas, saving money, winter | , , ,


  1. We just bought a timer for our hotwater tank this past Saturday to see if it would cut down on our electric bill. We have it set for it to go on at a little before 4am in the morning…DH gets up at 4 to get ready for work. That seems to be enough hot water for the kids to get a shower when they get up at a little after 8 or so. Then I just turn it on about 15 minutes before I am ready to get a shower or dishes need to be done. The timer was $40 at Home Depot.

    Comment by Pamspride | September 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. Were you able to see a significant difference in your bill? I never thought about it, however, we do the very same thing when we are camping. I only turn on the water heater button just before showering or dishes…. Goodness! Somethings are right before our eyes, and we do not even make the connection.

    Comment by mcjj | September 17, 2011 | Reply

  3. Let me suggest that turning the breaker on and off, may cause it to weaken, in addition, the hot water heater has more to overcome when you do turn it back on and it will surge to recover.
    We have learned to turn the hot water heater down, regardless of being on gas or electric. If your heater is older, make sure that it is cleaned out, turn off breaker, turn off water, drain tank, as it will have rust, etc. at the bottom of tank and this can cause heater to overwork as well. Flush tank, refill it, keep it turned down, and if exposed to any cool air, make sure to fill cracks and holes in the closet it is stored in, also consider purchasing the “hot water heater wrap,” that will help the heater retain its heat.
    I also track our electric by reading the meter myself. I track each month how much each kw of power is costing and when we see a trend, we can respond right away. Along with switching to flourescent bulbs over the years, and replacing filters in heat and air system, etc., we have cut our power bill by nearly 40%. Coming from a very poor farm background, I know how to pinch a penny.

    Comment by Brian Jones | November 15, 2012 | Reply

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