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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 57

The Real Costs and Savings of Alternative Energy and Conservation

Jeffrey Chambers

pp: 337

In order to develop a better real-world understanding of the true costs and potential savings of different energy conservation technologies, a detailed study of multiple commercial greenhouse facilities was performed. To do this, energy audits were performed at 22 greenhouse facilities in the Niagara and Leamington Areas (Canada) between mid-March and mid-May 2006. These facilities consisted of:

  • Six tomato growers
  • Two pepper growers
  • Five potted plants
  • Two cut flowers
  • Three bedding plants
  • Four bedding and potted flowers

A comprehensive energy auditing program was developed based on our experiences with these audited facilities and others. The auditing program is set-up to accommodate four different levels of participation (with different cost commitments).

The figure below (Fig. 1) illustrates the different levels of participation.

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