Over the past couple of decades, both energy and electricity use has grown on farms. Some of the reasons include larger farm properties, the increased use of automated equipment and non-stop around-the-clock operation. To combat these rising costs and resources, there are both quick fixes and long term fixes. In this article, we will discuss the quick fixes.
At the end of the day, the goal of successful farming can be summed up with the following concept: Increase quality, boost overall production and enhance the bottom line. These energy saving tips can help achieve this goal.
When it comes to saving energy and electricity on your farm, many of the quick fixes you’re about to read about also apply to homes and businesses. These tips will prove that it doesn’t have to be complicated to save valuable resources.
Turn off lights when not in use
How often have you walked out of the barn at night without turning off the lights? Your goal from this point forward is to turn off all lights on the farm when not in use. Consider purchasing programmable electrical outlet timers that automatically turn the lights on and off.
Or you can achieve this goal by doing it the old-fashioned way — turning the lights off manually. It would be a good idea to train your staff as well.
Turn off fans when not in use
If you don’t have a thermostat in your barn, now would be a good idea to purchase one. Research has shown that cows start to suffer from heat stress at 74 degrees combined with 75% humidity. With a thermostat in place, you can shut off fans once the temperature dips below 70 degrees.
Turn things down
If turning things off isn’t a viable option, consider turning them down. Lights, refrigeration temperatures, pressure on compressors and water heater temperatures are good candidates.
Keep equipment cleaned and maintained
Energy efficiency and overall farm costs can be increased by keeping your most important equipment cleaned and maintained. A few tips include cleaning heat exchanger coils, clean all fans which provide ventilation and circulation, clean all lights to ensure they perform as designed, inspect water heaters and clean pumps.
Saving energy and electricity on your farm doesn’t have to be hard work. But it will take dedication and diligence. The bottom line is to turn off devices and equipment when not in use and keep your equipment cleaned and maintained.