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Generating Your Own Electricity for Maximum Yield Hydroponics Urban Garden

Give your hydroponics urban garden some back-up or full-time electricity for maximum yield Give your hydroponics urban garden some back-up or full-time electricity for maximum yield

One of the most obvious needs you have in your hydroponics urban garden is electricity, and in most cases- lots of it. To get maximum yield, you’re using HID lights, probably a thousand watts each.

If you’re a professional or grand master grower, you’re likely using 3000 watts or more just in hydroponics lighting. Add to that air conditioning, chillers, exhaust and aeration fans. It’s a lot of power.

Now think about where you get all that power. In almost all cases, it’s a utility company. Unfortunately, this is a problem in itself because utility companies can charge you more and more for electricity.

Or if there are infrastructure problems, transmission issues, storms or other interruptions, you might not get your electricity at all. Even if only for a few minutes, an interruption of electricity can be a hydroponics urban garden nightmare.

For example, if you’re using aeroponics, you know your plants have no rockwool, soil or other root zone media to protect them. If the electricity goes off and the aeroponics pump timer fails, your plants’ roots hang there without moisture or nutrients, and pretty soon, your maximum yield dreams are lost.

Hamsters attached to a turbine treadmill, or solar power, windmills, microhydro and other tactics won’t work to give you enough back-up electricity to keep your hydroponics urban garden going if your utility company fails you.

Your best and in most cases your only option is to have your own power generator. And these days you have a lot more choices than you had in the past.

For example there are now generators that run on propane and natural gas. This is a huge benefit for you, especially if your hydroponics urban garden is in a dwelling where natural gas is already piped in. Gone are the days of having to procure gasoline or diesel from a petroleum outlet or delivery service.

You also no longer have to worry about gasoline or diesel fumes emanating from your generator.

Not only that, but modern generator units are far quieter and more unobtrusive than in the past. They come with customized cabinets, sound dampers and smart technology that monitors and adjusts your generator functions while ensuring safe, efficient transfer of electricity into your power grid.

In the past, generators were hard to maintain, dirty and noisy to run, and a lot more trouble than a car or lawnmower engine. Again, modern generators are upgraded and streamlined so you don’t have to worry as much about maintenance, although periodic maintenance is still required so you get peak performance.

There are some details you should know. Generators that run on propane or natural gas may need to be hooked up by a natural gas contractor. Similarly, some generators are so sophisticated that you need to be an electrician to get them properly hooked up.

And if you intend to use your generator for more than just hydroponics emergencies, you have to watch out for generators that only interface with your power grid using transfer circuitry that automatically switches your generator on or off, depending on whether your utility company is sending electricity to your or not.

You want to be able to choose exactly when your generator sends electricity into your grid, not just when the power company fails you.

Electricity generators for your hydroponics urban garden

Further, you have to carefully evaluate your power needs and then do your research to determine what type, size and features you need from your generator. It may be that your needs are best met by a modern gasoline or diesel powered generator, instead of a generator fueled by natural gas or liquid propane.

Generators are a good idea if you don’t want to rely so heavily on a utility company. In some cases, a well-tuned modern generator can give your hydroponics urban garden the power you need in a cost-effective and security-conscious way as compared to your utility company.

I hear good things about the generator company Cummins Onan, and you will discover generators made by plenty of other companies (such as Honda and GE), so you should definitely do some comparison-shopping.

For serious hydroponics urban garden growers who need lots of electricity to ensure maximum yield, power generators can give you peace of mind and superb, reliable performance to keep your plants and equipment in peak form.

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