Farm Nightsaver is generally the best tariff, offering 7 hours of low-cost electricity every day from 1am to 8am (2am to 9am in summer). Farms typically use 20-30% of their consumption at the low rate. If you can switch more to the low rate you will make bigger savings. For example, if you are using 40,000 units a year and 25% low rate, you would save around £400 per year compared to our Farm Popular tariff. Very large farms, using more than 100,000 units a year, are better off on the monthly-billed Multirate tariff.
Pay your bills by Direct Debit and get 4% discount. Switch to online billing with Energy Online and get an additional 2% discount. (Discounts apply to quarterly-billed business and farm tariffs only. Online billing discount only available to Direct Debit customers. Other discounts apply for monthly-billed users)
Energy saving advice
The big users of electricity on a pig farm are ventilation fans, heating, water pumps and automatic feeding systems. Seasonal increases in ventilation load are generally offset by reductions in heating load.
Regular cleaning of fans can help achieve savings of around 10%. Ensure that ducts allow the smooth passage of air – battens and obstructions can decrease efficiency by 20%.
Replacing Heating Lamps with Heat Pads can deliver savings of 40%.
These provide water at the ideal temperature for the Heat Pads which can allow additional savings of up to 60%.
Replace standard light bulbs with Compact Fluorescents; and tungsten halogen floodlights with high pressure sodium lights. Switch off all lights (including fluorescents) when not required. Draught-proof doors and windows This will stop valuable heat escaping and help reduce your heating bills.
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