Each farm is different, especially when it comes to energy usage. In order to analyze the energy use on your own farm and find ways to save money, there is much to consider.
First, what kind of farm do you have? Energy requirements depend greatly on the type of equipment, housing, and environment your farm hosts.
- Do you have crops? In what quantity?
- Livestock? Which animal species?
- Start a farm energy log – track the amount and cost of energy used
- Consult a professional – for example, your energy provider or Iowa State University (ISU) Extension’s agriculture engineering, crop, livestock, and farm management professionals
- Consider a farm energy audit – identify energy conservation and efficiency improvements within an agricultural production system (crops or livestock) and the various components of that system
ISU Extension and the Iowa Energy Center are working together with Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, Consumers Energy, Alliant Energy, MidAmerican Energy, the Office of Energy Independence, the USDA, among other statewide partners in the effort to address energy efficiency and energy savings on Iowa farms.