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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 Lighting.

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 Dairy Farms.

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.

Low-Cost Energy 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 Conservation: Heating Hot Water could reduce energy consumption, depending on your farm operation.

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 water.

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.