Having a greenhouse can be a great addition to your garden, especially if you have a vegetable patch. Greenhouses keep the pests away and help you control the climate and conditions your plants are exposed to. But having a greenhouse can make gardening an expensive hobby. Let’s talk about ways to make your greenhouse energy efficient, so you can get the most out of your garden without breaking the bank.
Prevent Heat Loss
Maintaining a constant temperature is really important when it comes to your greenhouse, so if you have areas where heat might escape, your greenhouse won’t be as efficient as it could be. The best way to avoid heat loss is to prevent ‘leaks’. Check your greenhouse for cracks, holes and openings in the walls or roof, and that doors fit well. Either use spray foam or caulk to ‘tighten’ it up.
You can also insulate the north wall. In winter especially, you may find that the north wall doesn’t let a lot of light in, and it may be cost effective to cover the entire north wall with insulation. It’s easy, just apply bubble polythene or transparent mastic.
Choosing the Right Temperature
Choosing the right temperature can help you save energy. You can go as low as 37?F (3?C) for most plants, but it’s best to aim for 45-50?F (7-10?C). This way, even young plants aren’t at risk of freezing. Tender plants like pelargoniums and citrus trees will appreciate the temperature at warmer temps. Conservatory plants like Sundaville, prefer even higher temps at about 55?F (13?C).
You’ll need to invest in a thermometer, and keep your eye on it daily. Maintaining the temperature will allow you to use greenhouse heaters, ventilation or shading more efficiently and only adjust when necessary.
Don’t Forget to Ventilate
It’s important to make sure your greenhouse has proper ventilation. One drawback to heating your greenhouse is increased humidity. Good ventilation will prevent the spread of fungal diseases and create a healthy environment for your plants. You can prevent the build up of moisture by watering sparingly and early in the day. Installing temperature activated window openers like these ones from Rocburn makes it easy to maintain the temperature your plants thrive in. Make sure you close the windows before the sun goes down to prevent plummeting temperatures.
Adding a greenhouse to your garden can be a great way to increase your harvest, but it’s important to maintain it properly. Increasing yields from your garden is an amazing way to save money at the grocery store, but if you’re going broke maintaining the greenhouse it defeats the purpose. Be sure to ventilate properly and keep your plants happy with proper temperatures. We offered some great tips to make your greenhouse energy efficient. If you have any other suggestions, we’d love to hear from you!
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