Dairy Event 2009: Energy audit offers cost savings

Dairy farmers wanting to save money on their energy bills can have a farm energy audit completed by SAI Global for just £300.

The audit, developed in association with the Farm Energy Centre, is being rolled out following a successful trial which saw one unit identify savings of more than £2500 in energy spending.

Speaking to Farmers Weekly at this week’s Dairy Event and Livestock Show SAI Global’s Nick Davies said the audit could be done at the same time as dairy audit’s undertakne by the company and would typically identify where money could be saved through simple measures, such as equipment upgrades or checking time switches on electricity meters.

“These are savings which can be delivered without changing electricity contract or carrying out major investments. In some cases it may be that motors or pumps are nearing the end of their life and newer more efficient models would deliver energy savings. Crucially, the audit shows the typical costs of replacing these items and the savings they are likely to deliver over the lifetime. This can help where grant funding is available as it means farmers can demonstrate clearly the return on the investment they are making.”

Farmers will also be able to see which investments will deliver the greatest benefits and then choose where they want to invest accordingly, he added.

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