A farm energy audit can highlight areas where improvements in electricity and fuel usage can be made which can make substantial savings in the carbon audit and financially.
Start by monitoring energy and fuel use, either weekly or monthly. Download our energy monitoring spreadsheets or create your own. Once you’ve got several months data, take time to look back over it and see when or when the greatest usage was and why.
Use an energy audit to develop an action plan to include measures such as:
- More effective use of thermostats, time clocks, motion sensors and insulation
- Equipment renewal
- Improved journey planning to reduce transport fuel consumption
- Vehicle checks and maintenance
- Training for staff
- Assess on-farm storage facilities, for example, potato stores, to ensure that insulation and natural ventilation is utilised and energy is used efficiently
- Look closely at any energy intensive activities such as grain drying and water abstraction, use meters to monitor energy and water use
- Remember to monitor the effectiveness of the measures implemented to reduce energy use
David Barron at Nether Aden, achieved a fuel saving of 20% on the telehandler equating to around £600 off his fuel bill over a 15 month period through using hydrogen technology, and dairy famer Ross Paton, Torr Farm saved nearly £2,000 on the farm electricity bill and £6,600 on farm diesel through simple tweaks to current practices.
Beef and Sheep farmer David Houstoun, Glenkilrie saved around £450 just from reducing the daily running time of the feed mixer.
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