13 Apr '11, 10pm

When it comes to energy consumption, 'homegrown' is not green in the least

When it comes to energy consumption, 'homegrown' is not green in the least

The study, which aims to “to quantify a previously undocumented component of energy demand in the United States, to understand the underlying technical drivers, and to establish baseline impacts in terms of energy use, costs, and greenhouse-gas emissions,” also points out that a single joint represents 2 pounds of CO2 emissions (!) which is equivalent to running a 100-watt incandescent light bulb for 17 hours (or about 30 hours in California). Additionally, a single four-by-four production module found in growing rooms can double the electricity use of the average American home (triple that of an average Californian home). This increased energy use is equivalent to plugging in about 30 refrigerators. For growers who decide to go off the grid, 70 gallons of diesel fuel is required to produce one indoor plant. That figured is doubled if a less-efficient gasoline generator is...

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