Heating Symposium Emphasizes Efficiency
Associate Editor Kevin Yanik recently visited Modine Manufacturing Company, a greenhouse heating systems manufacturer that held a one-day symposium with industry leaders and government officials to discuss how the company is involved in energy efficien
September 9, 2009
As part of an energy-efficiency symposium last week, Modine invited three public officials to present on the importance of energy efficiency. Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton was one official on hand, and she called energy efficiency a high priority for greenhouse growers.
"Energy efficiency is the first essential step toward [reversing] global warming," she says.
Lawton also mentioned Wisconsin is trying to initiate retrofit heating efficiency loans for users of energy-efficient heating systems like Modine's new Effinity93 gas-fired unit heater and similar products on the market.
Another official, Rich Hackner of Focus On Energy Wisconsin, emphasized the cost savings growers will see if they take energy efficiency seriously. Seventy to 80 percent of all energy growers use, Hackner says, is heat. Ten to 15 percent is electric, and 5 to 10 percent is made up between diesel and another transportation fuel. More efficient products, such as more modern gas-fired unit heaters some growers use, can at least result in some cost savings spent on heat.
"In a greenhouse, if you can offer a full package of fixes, you can come up with a full laundry list of savings," Hackner says.
For more information on Modine Manufacturing Company, visit its website at Modine.com.