Greenhouse Energy Conservation Checklist

Increasing energy costs make conservation and efficient use of facilities an important part of today’s greenhouse operation.  New greenhouse designs, better glazing, improved heating and ventilating equipment and new management systems should be included when upgrading or adding on.  With typical annual energy usage being 75% for heating, 15% for electricity and 10% for vehicles, efforts and resources should be put where the greatest savings can be realized.


Reduce Air Leaks

Double Covering

Energy Conserving Blanket

Foundation and Sidewall Insulation

Site Location

Space Utilization

Efficient Heating System

Efficient Cooling System

Conserve Electricity

Trucks and Tractors

Water Systems

Management

Additional information can be found in Energy Conservation for Commercial Greenhouses – NRAES-3, 100 pages, $20.00 available from the Department of Natural Resources Mgt. & Engr., 1376 Storrs Rd., UConn, Storrs CT 06269-4087.  Make check payable to UConn.  Price includes postage and handling.


John W. Bartok, Jr.

Agricultural Engineer

Natural Resources Mgt. & Engr. Dept.

University of Connecticut, Storrs CT

May 2005

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