Energy efficient dairy farms

Dairy energy usage - pie chart from Andy Pressman

Typical dairy farm energy usage

Diary operations use the most energy of most types of farmers. These farmers can save energy and money in many areas : milking, milk cooling and water heating. Upgrading older equipment and  installing new technologies increase operational efficiency. Energy audits help identify opportunities for savings.

Equipment upgrades pay for themselves quickly through energy savings, especially when replacing old inefficient equipment. Dairy farmers can save energy with variable speed drives (VSD) for milk vacuum pumps and heat recovery systems to quickly cool milk while using waste heat to warm washing or animal water. Cows love to drink warm water. [Read more here.]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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