Data shows switching to gas may save nurseries money

Rural plant and fruit nurseries that use oil to heat and light commercial greenhouses could save money by switching to mains gas, according to the latest price trend data from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and new research by utility connection company Fulcrum.

December 2012 quarterly energy price data from DECC shows fuel oil costs have risen by 259 per cent over the past decade compared to 107 per cent for gas.

Research carried out by Fulcrum showed nurseries that connect to the nearest mains gas may experience a 30 per cent drop in energy costs associated with greenhouse heating and electricity generation.

Fulcrum operations director Ian Foster, whose company is installing a 26km gas pipeline to remote whisky distilleries in Speyside, Scotland, said: "The price trend gap between gas and fuel oils such as kerosene, diesel and gas oil now makes upfront capital investment in a spur pipeline more cost-effective than ever."

He added: "Payback periods are short - for example, we expect one of the businesses investing in the new Scottish pipeline to save up to £50,000 a week against their current energy bills."

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