How to reduce the cost of growing plants?
Growers who have experience in plants cultivation should all know that the cost of growing plants is not a small expense. Whether it is planting site leasing, planting equipment and lighting systems purchasing or electricity bills are expensive investments in the upfront. However, once you get the hang of keeping your costs in check, this can save you a ton of money, allowing you to grow additional plants for more profitable cultivation. Here, Spider-farmer hopes to provide growers 6 methods to control the cost of growing plants.
6 ways to reduce the cost of growing plants
- Choose Plants Seeds That Are Right for Your Local Climate
There are several things that must be considered when deciding to buy plants seeds. First, you should familiarize yourself with the local weather. A firm understanding of the climate is especially important at the beginning and end of the life of the plants. This is because plants is most vulnerable when young, and they have no chance of developing resistance to environmental changes. Therefore, plants seeds that are adapted to the local climate can grow more vigorously, reduce the impact of climate on plants growth and thus reduce production costs.
- Audit your Energy Usage
Energy audit is essential to reduce planting expenditures. Growers can use smart meters to measure their baseline energy usage and determine where and how to make improvements.
With lighting, cultivators can multiply the wattage of the light by how many hours they have used in a day. This number can then be deducted from the energy bill, and the amount left is usually the cost of running the HVAC system and environmental controls.
- Choose High Efficiency LED Grow Light
The overall efficiency of traditional lighting technology (250W-1000W wattage light) is not high. So what’s the solution? Use high quality LED grow light. Not only do they emit lower heat, but the brightness of the LED lights can also be adjusted for specific plant needs. With LEDs installed, the spectrum and light intensity are adjustable, and there are fewer bills to pay because less power is converted.
- Measure PPFD and DLI
After lighting needs have been identified, growers can begin lighting optimization. Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density (PPFD) measures the number of protons reaching plants per second in the visible spectrum. Whereas Daylight Integral (DLI) corresponds to the total amount of light a plant receives in a day. The relationship between them can be summed up by a formula: DLI=PPFD x number of light hours per day x (3600/1000,000)
Next, all you need to do is make the correct artificial light adjustments and settings based on the lighting time your plants needs. By reducing active time for supplemental lighting, plants growers can significantly reduce basic energy consumption.
- Know Your Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD)
In addition to PPFD and DLI, another useful measure is Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD). VPD is essentially the difference between relative humidity and air temperature, which can be used to find the optimal climate for plants to perform efficient photosynthesis. You can use it to set the right point for the ideal climate in the photosynthesis process in your plants growing facility. It will put less stress on your machines.
- Choose An Efficient Fan
When choosing a fan, pay attention to choosing an energy-saving fan. Their motor is smaller, the diameter is larger, and the ventilation efficiency coefficient is above 15. This fan uses less wattage to power a larger fan to reduce costs. Spider-farmer inline fan, with only 40 watts of power but gives a strong airflow up to 205 CFM, efficient and energy-saving.
Spider-farmer is the best choice to help you reduce planting costs
Spider-farmer adopts high-quality Samsung diodes, which saves about 50% of electricity bills compared to ordinary HID lights, has lower purchase and operation costs, long service life. Even if you work hard to reduce planting costs later, it is better to choose a good LED grow light at the beginning. Spider-farmer is your best choice.