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Local Greenhouse Paying Big to Keep Temperatures Warm


Greenhouses need to be kept warm in order to keep tropical plants alive,
but Northcentral Wisconsin is no place to try and mimic a Florida climate.
This has local greenhouses paying big time to keep things warm.

Tropical Gardens in Kronenwetter says they expect to spend between $6,000 and $8,000 to heat their greenhouse this month.
The facility relies on natural gas.
The price is double what they spent at this time last year.
They say they try and conserve, but their is only so much they can do.

"We run temperatures as low as we possibly can, but they are tropical plants so they can't really go much below 63 degrees.
Every degree in this kind of environment costs us a lot of money. " says Rick Barnes of Tropical Gardens.

The most the greenhouse has ever paid in one month to heat the facility was $10,000.


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