Dairy

Help to reduce energy bills

By Country News

Farmers are being encouraged to be proactive in a bid to reduce rising energy bills.

Amid rising farm costs, Dairy Australia has developed a range of energy-information resources to assist farmers to make smarter use of energy to reduce power bills.

The Smarter Energy on Dairy Farms booklet, a straightforward guide to reducing dairy farm electricity bills, is now available online at the Dairying for Tomorrow website.

A short guide to energy-related funding for farmers has also been published.

The guide links to a range of grants ranging from government funding to conduct energy audits to Clean Energy Finance programs from NAB, Westpac and Commonwealth Bank.

Dairy Australia program manager Alison Kelly said energy audits provided an opportunity to save money by reviewing and reducing running costs.

‘‘Energy is a major, but unavoidable, expense for dairy businesses and farmers want to understand their options to reduce costs,’’ Mrs Kelly said.

‘‘Farmers could reduce their power bills and make their operations more sustainable at the same time by conducting a simple energy audit and implementing any suggested changes.

‘‘If you conduct an energy audit, you will be provided with a breakdown of your energy use, so you can identify how to reduce costs.’’

Farmers will be given a cost-saving estimate for each of the options available to allow them to make an informed decisions about where to invest and save money in the long term.

Energy audits analyse all of the meters and power use in the dairy shed and across the farm.

At the conclusion of the audit, an extensive report is provided that outlines ongoing energy costs and areas where simple changes could be made to produce significant savings.

■For more information or to access the booklet, go to: dairyingfortomorrow.com.au