So here's the dilly..
I can no longer afford to run my AC in the GH anymore.
Our electric bills are averaging $350 a month.
I knew as soon as I hit the button to turn off the AC, everything was going to change.
After a serious emotional breakdown this weekend (because that GH is my life), I'm ready to move forward. I know there's nothing I can do about this change, so I'm ready to man up and put the wheels into motion.
Everything I know about controlling every little aspect of my GH is now out the window.
I need to figure out what's next.
As of today I'm running 2 humidifiers, 5 fans (was 2 plus the AC), 8 T5HO's, and 4 T8's. Hopefully the fans can move the air enough to keep the place from heating up too badly. I did try evaporative cooling using the humidifiers and heat from the lights, but it wasn't working enough to keep the GH at a manageable temperature.
Another option is to move the entire GH outside, but I'm too scared. Bug infestations, uncontrollable conditions, you name it.. Too much to go wrong with my prized possessions. Not sure I can seriously consider this option without something polycarbonate.
My mind is all over the place. I don't know what is best, or what to do.
Part of me wants to shed some (natural) light on my babies, but the other part wants to keep them in the den where they're safe from nature's fury. Just not sure I can afford that anymore. I mean, what's to say removing AC from the equation is even enough to lower the elec. bill to a manageable amount.
I just dunno..
All I know for sure is that my plants are already starting to suffer from abnormally high temps (for what they're used to). And that something needs to be done asap. Otherwise I can start scratching things off my grow list.. starting with D. schizandra. They seem to be taking the elevated temps the hardest.
I am open to recommendations, suggestions, or the cold shoulder.
Not sure if switching out my 15,000BTU tall boy AC for a smaller 5,000BTU window AC unit would make any (financial) difference. But it's a thought..
AS FOR YOU GIVEAWAY PARTICIPANTS..
I wanted to make sure I could sustain the life in the GH before carrying on with a month long giveaway. I mean, how bad would it suck to have 9 winners, none of which won anything that was still alive. Ya know?
If you guys (and gal) still want your free stuff, it's cool. I'm a man of my word..
Shoot me a PM, and we'll see if we can work something out.
I have lost quite a few things already to the temps, but maybe I still have something here you want. Who knows..
So there you have it TF. Yet another explanation for mass's off the wall behavior.