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
- 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.
Below is a list of MSU-certified greenhouse energy auditors. You may wish to contact one of them to discuss the process further, including the cost of the audit:
Aluel Go (Auditor No. 02038001)
Energy Management Group, LLC
4298 Dobie Road
Okemos, MI 48864
George Wood (Auditor No. 02038030)
Home Energy Audits
862 Eagles Nest Ct.
Mason, MI 48854
Paul Michalak (Auditor No. 02038038)
614 Sheldon Road
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Jim Williams (Auditor No. 02038014)
56860 McKenzi Lane
South Lyon, MI 48178
248-446-2045 / 810-691-8418
Todd O'Grady (Auditor No. 02038016)
521 McCarthy St.
Howell, MI 48843
Robert Schruaben (Auditor No. 02038036)
6400 Canfield Road
Belding, MI 48809
Steve Pugsley (Auditor No. 02038017)
Midwest Renewable Energy, LLC
10285 Wind Crest Circle
Hamburg, MI 48139
James T. March (Auditor No. 02038035)
Kelmar Development, LLC
1664 Bluegrass Road
Lansing, MI 48906
Daniel Tutak (Auditor No. 02038037)
8889 S. 64th Avenue
Montague, MI 49437
Truman Surbrook (Auditor No. 02038007)
Biosystems & Agric'l Eng'g Dept.
120A Farrall Hall, MSU
East Lansing, MI 48824-1323
Daniel Schrauben (Auditor No. 02038027)
2211 Placid Way
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Another resource is 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.