Creating a Buzz for Sustainable Energy

By: Craig Stephens (York Sustainable Enterprise Consultants)

Dickey Bee Honey Inc. is a fourth generation operation started in 1930, by George Dickey, and now run by Peter and Sandi Dickey located in Innisfil, Ontario. In the summer of 2012, the Dickeys began building a new, 4000 square foot “honey house” facility, merging their production, retail and storage operations from 3 facilities into one.

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The couple decided that they wanted to go as green as possible with this new building, and so had a geothermal system implemented. The system consists of four 600-foot loops of water lines at a depth of 5.5 feet. The Dickeys are predicting a return on investment of five to six years considering the amount they expect to save on their monthly heating and air conditioning. Additionally, the couple also invested in better insulation and a lux lighting system.

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Apart from the financial savings, the Dickeys will be able to save more time and money in fuel costs by having their operations all centrally located under one roof.They are also excited that the new facility will allow them to host workshops and classes to educate students as well as the general public about the importance of the honeybee in preserving the environment, pollinating our crops, and keeping environmental systems intact.

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“Every third teaspoon of food you eat is pollinated by the honeybee,” Sandi reported, meaning from an economic standpoint, honeybees are responsible for “the health of $170 million worth of crops in Ontario each year.”

Unfortunately, in recent years honeybees have been disappearing at an alarming rate. Seeing as honeybees are so vital to human existence more attention needs to be given to our buzzing yellow friends.

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Visit Dickey Bee Honey during Green Energy Doors Open September 9-11 to get a taste of the benefits of green business, environmental conservation and the importance of bees for Ontario during their Green Energy Doors Open 2016 facility tour!

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