By Bart Schaneman, MJBizDaily
Energy is one of the largest costs for any cannabis manufacturing facility, and power consumption is a large part of how the marijuana industry is having a negative impact on the environment and climate change.
On this Earth Day, reducing energy use is particularly top of mind for environmentally conscious cannabis extraction companies that want to operate in a sustainable manner.
To reduce power consumption and costs, extraction businesses can:
- Run machines during off-peak hours when electricity prices are lower.
- Look for equipment that keeps power consumption in check.
- Operate using manufacturing environmental standards that reduce waste and increase efficiencies.
“It’s not like we can pay less for energy, but being smart about it is super important,” said Ben Bourque, executive vice president of Green Meadows Farm, a cannabis company based in Southbridge, Massachusetts. “It’s one of the top two costs.”