Growing Greener: Bauman’s Farm & Garden

Founded by Elizabeth Bauman in 1895, Baumans Farm & & Garden in Gervais has a long history of providing trees, flowers, produce, pies and more to clients throughout the Willamette Valley. “As a household service, were devoted not just to our clients however to being great stewards of the Earth and community,” stated Brian Bauman, co-owner and Elizabeths great, excellent grandson. That dedication to sustainability has actually triggered Baumans to gradually invest in energy efficiency for more than a decade– cutting yearly natural gas use by an approximated 55,000 therms and delivering yearly energy expense savings of approximately $42,200.
Last year, when it was time to set up a new greenhouse, Baumans reached out to greenhouse supplier OBC Northwest, Inc. for an energy-efficient design made 100% of twin-wall polycarbonate. “Although its a big area with 2 bays and 14-foot sidewalls, the temperature in the greenhouse stays quite continuous,” said Bauman. The greenhouses polycarbonate has a pigment that diffuses light, providing excellent light quality for plant development. Roofing vents in each bay permit natural ventilation. The gable design has an internal truss that can accommodate a motorized nighttime thermal drape, which Baumans plans to install in the future.
The greenhouse is expected to conserve an approximated $10,700 in annual natural gas expenses compared to single-wall building due to the fact that of twin-wall technology. Baumans received an Energy Trust of Oregon cash reward of $2,400 to help balance out the included expense.
Baumans has actually gotten more than $80,000 in Energy Trust incentives. “We take advantage of Energy Trusts offerings every opportunity we get. Rest ensured, well be doing more jobs in the future,” stated Bauman.
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