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Energy Options & Energy-Saving Technologies for Greenhouse Production. By Paul A. Thomas & Forrest Stegelin University of Georgia. 2006 Oklahoma Conference Sponsored by The OFA.

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Energy Options & Energy-Saving

Technologies for Greenhouse Production

By Paul A. Thomas & Forrest Stegelin

University of Georgia

2006 Oklahoma Conference

Sponsored by The OFA

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Natural Gas and Propane will not be economically viable fuel sources for greenhouse production within the next five years….unlessyou can raise the price of your product 18% -28%

we must raise our prices
We Must Raise Our Prices!

5.13% Annual

increase

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Before you blow your top, do a

comprehensive business assessment

Do an Energy Audit

Do a Site Inspection

Do an Inquisition: Evaluate all Hidden Costs! (product handling, etc)

Hold a Staff Meeting and reward Input !

consider your options
Consider Your Options

Perform general maintenance

Reduce or eliminate low profit crops

Reduce high risk customers

Re-train employees for efficiency

Set new company policies!

Keep better records…and use them!

Reduce

plan for the future
Plan For The Future
  • Discuss 5 and 10 year plans for business
  • Consider re-tooling over time:

Greenhouse glazing

Heat curtains

New heaters / boilers

  • Consider long-term investment effects
tighten your belt
Tighten Your Belt
  • Review Yearly Expenses – Yearly!
  • Evaluate Procedures / Policies
  • Eliminate Shrinkage
  • Conserve Energy Expenditures
  • Reconsider Your Technology Level
do all the small percentage decreases in cost add up to something worthwhile
Do all the Small Percentage Decreases in Cost Add Up to Something Worthwhile?

Let’s Ask Forrest…..