In the quest for a more sustainable lifestyle we are investigating various avenues to become more independent and green. Our first experiment involved using a Aerogarden growing system, which comes ready made.
The used system I purchased on Ebay had a defective light bulb and I paid only 1/4 the price of a new system for it (50 Dollars / 40 Euro. I quickly discovered that spare parts in Germany are impossible to come by. Had I paid the full price of 200 Dollars, then I would also have had to buy a new light bulb after 1-2 years.
As it happened, I planned to replace the "energy saver" grow bulbs of the original system with LED lamps anyways, so it didn't matter to me that a bulb was broken.
Using the LED's the aeroponic system now uses only 1/3 the electricity of the standard system, which works out at 10kw per month. The LED's I had to import from China, as they were not available in Europe.
In my next post I will explain how these result were achieved.
We don't use the Aerogarden nutrient pack or seeds, but our own system.