Switching to grow lights won’t increase your monthly electricity costs if you’re simply cultivating a few plants. For those of us with a lot of plants in our homes, there are ways to reduce costs.
Update to Energy-efficient LED Grow Lights
If you’re still using incandescent lights, replace them right now with LED lights to save money. According to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) studies, LED grow lights can cut electricity consumption in horticultural applications by up to 30% when compared with traditional lighting.
Limit Hours Grow Lights Are On
Let’s say you use a grow light to grow your plants for 18 hours every day. The plants might be okay with the LED light being on for 12 hours each day. If the leaves continue to expand and grow, the shorter hours should be acceptable. Power costs will be lower.
Inspect the Insulation in the Grow Room
Insulate your grow room effectively. Your plants will be kept warm without costing you any money. Heat is essential for plant germination, survival, and growth. Your HVAC system will have to work harder and you’ll end up paying more in electricity bills if you don’t adequately insulate the glow room.
Switch to a Cheaper Electricity Supplier
If you reside in a nation or state with a variety of electricity providers, you can save money by moving to a more affordable provider.
Use Natural Light If You Have Access to it
If the plants are close to the windows and it is sunny outside, grow lights might not be required. Turn them off if this is the case, even if only for a few hours. You could program the LEDs to turn on and off by utilizing timers.