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Greenhouses Trying To Save On Heating Expenses

March 3, 2014, 7:32 AM by Brittany Larson

Greenhouses Trying To Save On Heating Expenses
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

"I still water every day but it is spot watering," Grower at Cliff Avenue Greenhouse Jenilee Wiebesike said.

Spring has sprung for Wiebesike, who has spent the majority of her day in a 65-degree greenhouse.

"Spring for me starts in December and January, the busy part is now until April. But then we get really busy with customers being able to plan to buy things if the weather is nice," Wiebesike said.

The cost of heating can take a large percentage out of most greenhouses' budgets. The Cliff Avenue Greenhouse and Garden located on 26th Street operates many greenhouses but they had to wait on opening some in order to save money.

"It is South Dakota, no weather is ever going to be the same. Our weather is unpredictable. It has been a little harsher. We put plastic on some of our greenhouses, so we winterize them. We don't have them open, if we didn't that would be an extreme heat bill," Wiebesike said.

The growers at the greenhouse say they usually run their greenhouses around 65 degrees but this year they have been running them at 60 degrees.

"This winter compared to last winter, the bills were about the same," Wiebesike said.

The East 26th Street location uses half propane and half natural gas. However, they say they weren't affected by the high propane prices.

"When the shortage was going on, we called our supplier and asked if we will be affected by that and they said no you're contracted and that they would take care of us," Wiebesike said.

 

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