Help & Support

Energy Efficiency Advice

Energy saving advice for the agriculture sector

Our friends at The Carbon Trust offer great energy saving advice for the agriculture sector. Check out these no cost and low-cost tips that could help you save on your electricity costs:

Pig farming

  • Clean fans and air ducts – dirt can reduce fan efficiency by 60%
  • Draught-proof doors and windows to stop heat escaping
  • Fit accurate heating and ventilation controls as over ventilating heating rooms can double heating costs
  • Pre-soak buildings that are to be power washed – this can save 20% in energy costs and labour
  • Ensure that air ducts allow the smooth passage of air – battens and obstructions can decrease efficiency by 20%
  • Check insultation levels – minimum of 75mm extruded polystyrene should be installed
  • Replace standard light bulbs with CFLs and replace tungsten halogen floodlights with high pressure sodium lights
  • Switch off all lights (including fluorescents) when not required

Poultry farming

  • Clean fans and air ducts – dirt can reduce fan efficiency by 60%
  • Draught-proof doors and windows to stop heat escaping
  • Fit accurate heating and ventilation controls as over-ventilating heated rooms can double heating costs
  • Fit air circulation fans – use ‘free’ heat from roof ridges which can be 10ºC higher than at floor level
  • Ensure that air ducts allow the smooth passage of air – battens and obstructions can decrease efficiency by 20%
  • Check insulation levels – minimum of 75mm extruded polystyrene should be installed
  • Replace standard light bulbs with CFLs and replace tungsten halogen floodlights with high pressure sodium lights
  • Switch off all lights (including fluorescents) when not required

Dairy farming

  • Clean condenser coils to ensure heat can dissipate easily
  • Ensure condenser coils are out of direct sunlight and well ventilated if indoors
  • Lag all water pipes and tanks
  • Replace standard light bulbs with CFLs and replace tungsten halogen floodlights with high pressure sodium lights
  • Fit a heat exchanger to pre-cool the milk – this can reduce cooling costs by up to 50%
  • Switch off all lights (including fluorescents) when not required

Crop stores

  • Seal the building – pay special attention to service inlets, louvres and doors
  • Fit door curtains or automatic doors
  • Check insulation levels – minimum of 80mm extruded polystyrene should be installed
  • In refrigerated stores switch the refrigeration system off when store traffic is busy           
  • Clean condenser coils regularly to ensure that the heat can dissipate easily
  • Replace standard light bulbs with CFLs and replace tungsten halogen floodlights with high pressure sodium lights
  • Switch off all lights (including fluorescents) when not required

Further help

If you would like more energy saving advice for the agriculture sector, check out the Carbon Trust website here.