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Energy efficiency is a measure of energy used for delivering a given service. Improving energy efficiency means getting more from the energy that we use. DECC - Energy Efficiency Strategy: 'The Energy Efficiency Opportunity in the UK'

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  • Common practice is to put measuring boxes in a position that is both practically convenient and which provides representative measurements of the conditions in the greenhouse. For edible crop growers this is normally at the top of the crop whereas for ornamentals growers it is just above the crop canopy. Read More...
  • Reducing minimum pipe temperature settings is a good way to save energy. However, this must be done alongside well considered ventilation settings to ensure that heating requirements are minimised. The example below shows what happened at one of our Focus Nurseries where humidity influences and minimum ventilation settings were reducing the effect of a good minimum pipe temperature strategy. Read More...
  • Avoiding condensation on plants is a key part of any disease control strategy. Poinsettia growers have to pay particular attention to this problem as they use a technique to control plant height called ‘Drop’. ‘Drop’ involves reducing the greenhouse temperature to as low as 12 degrees C before sunrise and is followed by an increase in the greenhouse temperature to the daytime set point within one hour after sunrise. Read More...
  • In our article 'Where should you position your measuring box?', we showed how relying on a measuring box placed in the traditional position at the top of a tomato crop can give non-optimised control of the greenhouse environment and lead to wasted energy. Read More...
  • Controlling humidity can be expensive in energy terms, yet it is essential for the control of fungal disease and to ensure active plant growth. Humidity control also needs to be carefully targeted so as not to negate the energy savings from measures such as temperature integration (TI) and thermal screens. Read More...

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