It’s no secret that indoor grow operations have a reputation for being energy hogs. Some analysts claim that indoor cannabis cultivation, in particular, is one of the most energy-intensive industries around. Growers implicitly know this, with half of their monthly cash outlays going straight to the electric utility.
Think about it: powerful 1000W lights are the industry standard. A roomful of these these lights requires a fleet of air conditioners to keep the plants comfortable, then dehumidifiers to manage the inevitable moisture, fans to circulate air, water management systems for plant irrigation, space heaters during cooler hours, etc. No wonder why even modest grow operations have power bills of many thousands of dollars per month.
All is not lost, and growers have options to reduce their power bill. We can help you understand these options and walk you through how to leverage these opportunities to save the most money possible.
But where to begin?
1. Understand your power bill. Most consumers spend less than 9 minutes a year thinking about their energy use. But growers who spend tens of thousands of dollars a year on electricity reluctantly wrestle with their power bills more frequently.
2. Collect and analyze your energy data. If you are serious about getting a handle on your power bill, you will need to understand what aspects of your grow are using the most electricity. The Cannabis Power Score helps cultivators assess their energy performance relative to industry benchmarks and gauge how competitive their facility is.
3. Experiment with alternative technologies and/or approaches. Don’t be shy about investigating new technologies. If your grow is big enough, you may be able to carve out a portion of your facility to see how your plants react to different lights. If you’re happy with the results, expand your investment over time and reap the energy savings. In many cases, electric utilities are begging you to take their cash incentive payments for adopting energy efficient equipment.
4. Get a better deal on your electricity supply. Yes, you can negotiate a better price for electricity! Doing so will give you much greater flexibility and choice over the type of power you want (made from renewable energy, made from local sources, the cheapest possible) and the level of risk you are comfortable with.