The following links provide energy conservation information for agricultural enterprises.
The Wisconsin Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resource website contains
information on energy conservation and energy utilization for agricultural enterprises.
Proper lighting can increase productivity, ensure safety, security and improve morale.Many older
barns have sub-standard lighting that
could be improved with energy efficient
lamps. Such lights would boost
milk production and profits and
increase personal and fire safety. Find out more about Energy-Efficient Agricultural
Electrical energy consumption in
agriculture has grown steadily
due to increased mechanization,
use of confinement housing and
expanding farm size. On the average
dairy farm in Wisconsin, 70% of the
electricity used is for harvesting milk. Find out more about Energy Efficient
Learn about management practices you can adopt to reduce energy use or lower your energy costs with little or no upfront investment. Low-Cost Energy Conservation: General Farm Enterprise provides ideas that could possibly reduce your energy consumption depending on your operation.
Conservation: Grain Drying. Depending on your farm operation,
the activities in this paper might reduce your energy consumption.
Heating water accounts for about
25% of the energy used on a
dairy farm.Hot water is needed
for washing the milking system, bulk
tank and parlor equipment and
possibly for feeding calves and
washing towels. Learn more about Heating Water on
Dairy Farms.These suggestions from Low-Cost Energy
Heating Hot Water could reduce energy consumption,
depending on your farm
Depending on your farm operation,
taking these actions relating to indoor and outdoor lighting could reduce your energy consumption.
Here are some tips to reduce energy energy consumption as it relates to irrigation
and crop storage facilities.
Milk must be cooled to storage temperature,
typically about 38°F, to
preserve its quality. There are several technologies that
can be added to the milk cooling
systems on dairy farms to reduce the
refrigeration requirements or to
capture waste heat for pre-heating
The vacuum system on a typical dairy
farm consumes about 20% of the
electricity used in the operation. Learn more about energy conservation and vacuum systems.
Variable speed (VS) milk pumps
increase energy efficiency by
slowing the flow rate of the milk
passing through the precooler. Learn more about energy conservation and variable speed milk pumps.
Mechanical ventilation aids in
maintaining a productive environment
for animals in
confined housing by removing
moisture and odors and replacing
them with fresh air.Ventilation also
provides air movement that promotes
cooling. Learn more about energy conservation and ventilation and cooling
systems for animal housing.