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How far would you go to save the planet?

A year or so ago Monty was trying to come to terms with his use of plastic and he came to in my view the most sensible conclusion that he would use and preserve all of his plastic items until the end of their serviceable life. Peat is the hot topic now with organisations calling for the end to peat digging but what about the heating of greenhouses, I've just been reading a question about greenhouse heaters and it occurred to me that a greenhouse must be one of the most wasteful structure that you could heat with very little if any insulation. On last weeks GQT Fife Botanic Gardens have now stopped heating all of their greenhouses due to the unsustainability of doing so and in the process shrunk their carbon footprint by something like 95%. How much benefit would there be to slowing global warming by not heating the common-or-garden greenhouse?


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053
    I read yesterday that we could save 1% of our electricity if supermarkets all fitted doors to their fridges. 
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,260
    And then there's those heaters outside pubs and restaurants.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053
    B3 said:
    And then there's those heaters outside pubs and restaurants.
    and folk's gardens
  • The question isn't really about what others could do though it's about those who heat greenhouses which in the main are gardeners who may be concerned about how their gardening techniques affect the ecosystem.
  • didywdidyw Posts: 2,935
    Sitting here with no heating on.  It's sunny outside, though a bit chilly and I have a warm jumper on and haven't yet taken off the scarf I put on to walk into town and back. Will leave it another hour before putting the heating on to 15 degrees then up to 20 for the evening. We don't have it on overnight. 
    I can't imagine heating a greenhouse!  Any tender plants I have are put in the zip up affair, or brought into our frost free but cold porch. They have survived in previous years. Just as we look at food miles (I haven't eaten a banana or a pineapple for years) we ought also be looking at prima donna plants and deciding whether they are worth the cost of keeping them cossetted.
    Have gone peat free and reuse plastic pots though guiltily throw some away.  If only plants came in properly compostable pots.
    As for outdoor heaters - crazy!
  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 2,659
    Maybe Bognor...definitely no farther than Waterlooville.
    UK - South Coast Retirement Campus (East)
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,751
    When I had a greenhouse I used a heating cable in  sand to sit my baby plants on in spring. It used as much electricity as a light bulb. I don't bother with tender plants.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,879
    I don't have a greenhouse or any outdoor heating. Anything that's on the tender side has to take its chances in the cold frame or in a sheltered spot near the house walls under the eaves. Cuttings and seedlings that need warmer conditions go on the windowsills in the house, and I have a small heated propagator that I use for maybe a couple of weeks each spring for starting the things that need extra bottom heat.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • About 43mm.
    Sunny Dundee
  • My wife's grandmother used to live in Waterlooville.
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