Re­duce en­ergy bills

Shepparton News - Country News - - DAIRY -

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 en­er­gyre­lated 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 cost­sav­ing 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: dairy­ing­for­to­mor­ 71.0 77.0 78.0 81.0 80.0

❝Farm­ers could re­duce their power bills and make their op­er­a­tions more sus­tain­able.❞ Dairy Aus­tralia pro­gram man­ager Al­i­son Kelly

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