A greenhouse energy audit is the process of identifying different ways that an operator can potentially reduce their energy costs. The audit identifies how energy has been used for operating a greenhouse, including heating systems, cooling systems, lighting, water heating, irrigation, and ventilation, then identifies potential energy-efficient alternatives. To learn more about greenhouse energy audits, download this fact sheet.
Greenhouse Energy Audit Resources
- The Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program (RETAP), which can assist Michigan businesses and institutions with pollution prevention and energy efficiency. They also conduct energy audits.
- Greenhouse Energy Self Assessment Tool developed by the University of Wisconsin for the USDA. You can identify potential energy-saving options for heaters and boilers, thermal curtains, and glazing materials for your greenhouse.
- Conduct an Energy Audit of Your Greenhouses by John Bartok Jr., University of Connecticut. Reprinted from the January 2008 issue of Greenhouse Management and Production.
- Individual Greenhouse Energy Conservation Checklist by A.J. Both, Rutgers University and Paul Fisher, University of New Hampshire.
- Energy Conservation Opportunities for Greenhouse Structures (2003). Eugene A. Scales & Associates, Inc., Roseville, MN, prepared for Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Office.