Energy efficient best practices and efficient technologies can extend the Vermont growing season, while being cost effective.
Vermont farmers use different strategies to extend their growing season or get a head start on Spring. Energy efficient greenhouses cost less to operate. With fluctuating costs of energy, ensuring that your greenhouse is as energy efficient as possible can help your farm stay competitive.
Consider the Power Needs of Your Greenhouse
If you switch from fossil fuel to electric power, consider what kind of power capacity you will need.
Contact your electric utility to review requirements, and stay in touch to learn about rate options, potential rebates, and programs that might help offset investment and operating costs. Electric utilities can provide support towards the electrification of your greenhouse.
Talk to your electrician about how much energy you are currently using and how much you plan to use. You may need an electrical panel upgrade (for home grow setups) or 3-phase power (for commercial facilities) to run certain equipment, which will be important to consider before purchasing new equipment. Your electric utility can help you determine whether a 3-phase line extension is cost-effective for you.