Hydroponics is an excellent method of growing plants at any place during any season of the year. But, it can be costly if your garden is of more than average size. However, for getting it started, you don’t have to pay a fortune. Here are some simple tips that you might consider before purchasing hydroponics equipment:
Calculate Cost effectiveness: Most growers get carried away by the cheap price of the hydroponics equipment. But, not all hydroponics equipment that you buy, guarantee to save you money in the future. For instance, though second-hand equipment may entice you because it’s cheap, however used equipment easily breakdown and cause problems. This in turn requires more money in the form of either repairs or total replacement. Whereas, new equipment might come a wee bit expensive, but in the long run it works as a good investment for many harvest seasons and reduce stress and hassles.
Lighting Cost: Lighting equipment are the costliest in your entire hydroponic set up. Fluorescent lights may tempt you because of their low cost, but these lights are of very little use and have to be replaced frequently thereby increasing the overall expenditure on lights. While purchasing a grow light understand the cost per hour of each grow light and how frequently these lights need to be replaced. This can save you money and time you invest on lights.
Understand your needs: As a smart grower you should understand your growing needs and requirements, and then accordingly set your hydroponic equipment. For instance, it would be an unwise decision to invest on large lamps for just a couple of tomato plants; it’s a waste; and a weak bulb won’t work if you are planting rows and rows of roses. Therefore, it’s advisable for you to understand your growing needs and then set the best suitable hydroponics equipment in your garden.
Cross-check the costs: The Internet provides you the facility to purchase products from home. Also, the cost is comparatively lower than your local retailers. Here, it’s advisable for you to cross-check the cost of the product you want to purchase with the prices offered by local hydroponic store and then make your purchase.
Build your personal hydroponics system: If you are a beginner then you should consider building your own hydroponics system because readymade hydroponics equipment most of the time is costly.
Smart investment: The most crucial part of your investment is the money you spend on electric bills. Therefore, go in for high-end electronic ballasts that regulate the total amount of energy your lights need and therefore cutting down your electricity cost and efficiently cooling your grow room.