Almost nothing has changed more in the minds of the American public than their stance on marijuana use. Since 2000, support for legalizing has nearly doubled, from 31% to 61%. That has been reflected in the changing laws as well, with 10 states (including Washington DC) fully legalizing recreational sales and 33 states (including Washington DC) legalizing medical sales. This has been a boon for local economies, patients, and traditionally over-policed communities. But there is one side effect of this new section of the economy that few predicted: the massive carbon footprint of cannabis grow houses.
With specific lighting, heating, and ventilation needs, it takes a lot of energy to grow marijuana. In fact, the industry already consumes approximately 1% of the energy nationally, contributing the equivalent of the emissions of three million cars. According to Av Singh, a Canadian cannabis advisor, 50% of the energy costs of the grow house to go to the HVAC system. Making sure your HVAC is working as close to perfect as possible is, thus, of utmost importance. One treatment of our proprietary nanotechnology solution, CroGenX4 will restore lost cooling capacity and drastically lower energy costs.
Other than keeping your HVAC system in perfect working order, what else you do to lower the carbon footprint of your grow op? The other major energy-drain comes from lighting. Make sure you are using the most energy efficient, energy star rated lightbulbs. Additionally, partner with energy companies that are investing in alternative, green energy rather than relying on fossil fuels. Many states are offering financial incentives to companies in these kinds of relationships.