Project Ideas

Energy Saving Equipment on the Farm

Start with an assessment

 

On-farm energy assessments are tailored to each agricultural operation’s primary energy uses. The assessments help producers determine the amount of energy used by the entire operation and also identify the short- and long-term measures producers can implement to conserve energy and achieve greater production efficiencies.

Often your electric utility will offer some form of energy assessment—contact them to learn more. You can also find energy auditors around Minnesota on the Clean Energy Project Builder website.

 

Top energy-saving opportunities vary for different types of operations.

Dairy Efficiency

  • Plate coolers and boiler upgrades
  • Efficient lighting
  • Variable speed drives
  • Efficient ventilation

Livestock Efficiency

  • Insulation and building envelope improvements
  • Ventilation controls
  • Radiant heating systems
  • LED lighting technology

Grain Efficiency

  • Low-speed centrifugal fans
  • In-bin drying systems
  • Timing and controlling motor use

Greenhouse Efficiency

  • Insulation and air sealing
  • Energy-saving LED grow lights
  • Efficient heating equipment