Efficiency
When looking to optimize energy use, look to those already successful – growers in the Netherlands
In Canada, commercial floriculture and vegetable greenhouse growers face an extreme marketing disadvantage each winter. Low ambient light levels here mean growers face a severe production disadvantage compared to growers in the southern U.S., Mexico or South America.
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October 28, 2008 - There is significant support within the Dutch floriculture sector for energy conservation measures and a reduction in the consumption of fossil fuels.
Energy costs account for approximately 40 per cent of the total production costs for a greenhouse operation. With natural gas and bunker oil prices continually increasing, even the most conservative of greenhouse growers is considering alternative energy sources. The alternative energy choices include coal but there is always concern about the status in the long term of the exemption for the use of coal.

June 18, 2008 - Wal-Mart Canada's sales are up in the first three months of this year by 10 per cent, more than twice the average growth rate for all Canadian retailers. As a result of high fuel prices, more middle-income shoppers have started "trading down" to cheaper stores and goods. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
April 15, 2008 - Michigan State University has produced a new online resource that provides growers and nursery managers with information that will help save them energy in the greenhouse. The documents covers subjects such as greenhouse lighting, temperature and scheduling, energy-saving technologies and alternative fuels. To check out the site, click here.
There’s no question that energy costs are among the major challenges faced by commercial growers. Considering natural gas usage can often amount to over 40 per cent of total costs and rank as one of the top three expenses, it’s no wonder many growers have been actively searching for solutions.
New temperature integration model and liquid foam technology among studies designed to help control heating costs.

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