Natural Gas Pumps
“I’m saving more than $100,000 a year by switching from diesel to natural gas.” Joe Coelho, partner of Terra Linda Farms, switched three of his pumps from diesel to natural gas, and he’s saving more than $100,000 a year in fuel costs. “The savings are so big that I had to go through with it,” he said.
Greenhouse Heat Curtains
Rene Van Wingerden, owner of Ocean Breeze Nursery in Carpinteria, bought enough greenhouse heat curtains to receive our maximum rebate on this item for one year—$50,000. Then he waited until the next year to buy more, so that he could get more rebates. “They’re worth waiting for,” he said. “They cut my payback down from about eight years to about five years.”
“Infrared film not only saves energy but diffuses light and improves growing conditions,” said Joe Goldberg, owner of Skyline Flowers, who received more than $25,000 in rebates from SoCalGas® for his infrared film purchases. “If you’re aware of the program and know what it offers, the rebates can be substantial for agriculture businesses.”
Energy Management Systems
Robert Akashi, owner of Sunnyland Nurseries, says his energy management system “does a better job than I did.” The system saves him about 4,800 therms a year, and SoCalGas provided a $3,850 incentive.
Do Right’s Nursery received a $25,000 rebate plus a $100,000 loan from SoCalGas to pay for greenhouse heat curtains. “My energy savings basically cover the loan payment,” said Dudley Davis, president.