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The greenhouse industry is driven by entrepreneurs. As the industry continues to expand, so do the many opportunities and risks these growers face.
Energy is a high-cost item for every Greenhouse operator. Some Greenhouse growers have lowered their energy costs by 20% to 25% giving them a measurable advantage over their competitors.
The recipe to achieving real and measurable savings in greenhouse growing operations has five ingredients:
- Decide that energy is controllable. Having the necessary mindset is a condition for success. Entrepreneurs like to be in control of their operations and that control has to include energy.
- Engage all the key people. Energy efficiency is not just a task for building operations. Accounting, procurement, IT, and production all have a role in driving the implementation of energy efficiency.
- Make energy literacy a core competency. Ensure the energy team understands how and when energy is used in the facility. But just importantly, they need to understand the cost and value of energy to the corporate bottom line.
- Don’t rely on suppliers. Suppliers have a job to do – sell their products and services. Before purchasing energy, technology or services get an independent assessment. It can save a lot of money.
- Take a holistic approach. An increase in electricity demand, rising carbon taxes and low natural gas prices all impact the greenhouse growing environment. Weigh all the factors, all the time, to cut energy demand.
Growers should retain an independent trusted advisor to help navigate the maze of options available to manage energy efficiently. A good energy consultant can:
- Determine the greenhouse energy balance;
- Track and report when and where energy is being used;
- Provide independent advice on energy markets and technology;
- Have valuable working relationships with government, utilities, suppliers;
- Identify and negotiate the best energy procurement options available;
- Provide experienced oversight for services contracts;
- Incorporate energy and carbon data for pro forma statements and for financial and operating decisions.
This advice for maximizing energy efficiency was presented by 360 Energy’s CEO, David Arkell in a webinar available for view at this link.
360 Energy has developed a Trusted Advisor Webinar Series for the greenhouse industry, providing timely information on a variety of energy topics.